During the Cold War a Naval Intelligence officer endowed with a powerful photographic memory is transferred to the CIA to participate in a covert operation in Moscow.

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A network of older spies from the West recruits a young intelligence officer with a photographic memory to accompany them on a mission inside Russia. They must recover a letter written by the CIA that promises American assistance to Russia if China gets the atomic bomb. Written by <eteam@sunsent.com>

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French crime film auteur Jean-Pierre Melville described this film as "magistral" (masterly or magisterial). UCLA academic Bob Hudson's article in the journal 'Lingua Romana : a journal of French, Italian and Romanian culture' (4, 1, Fall 2005), entitled "J.-P. Melville's Quest for the Absolute: Persistent Perfectionism and Realistic Obsession in His 'Last' Films", states that Melville "...saw it as establishing the standard for cinema" and said that his quest in films was to achieve such grandeur. See more »

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Finnish actress Saara Ranin is credited as Saara Rannin. See more »

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Colonel Kosnov: [During drinks after a dinner party, with the wives present] It was a long time ago. I'm not sure of the details any longer.
Bresnavitch: The Colonel is too modest. Imagine. All he actually knew was that three of Sturdevant's men were in a small Polish village. Correct?
Colonel Kosnov: I think so.
Bresnavitch: He had to determine which of the 2,300 people in the village were the three he wanted, so he rounded up the entire population. He began to interrogate and execute each of them one by one. Then it seems that when your husband ...
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Referenced in John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick (1988) See more »

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Sobre las olas (Over the Waves)
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Music by Juventino Rosas
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The gold standard for its genre.
26 July 1999 | by (Birmingham, Alabama) – See all my reviews

The Kremlin Letter is the most intense spy drama, with the tightest script and the very best characterizations ever to appear in this peculiarly appealing genre.

John Huston (who plays one scene himself, masterfully) somehow assembled the incredible cast, which reads like a who's who of its time. This was one of the great Nigel Green's last roles, and his performance is typical of all the others in the cast, smooth and riveting.

Barbara Parkins is at her peak, and is more alluring than you would believe. Much hotter than you've ever seen her. Wow.

Critics say this movie is slow and hard to follow. Perhaps they watched it at a cocktail party. It keeps you on your toes and you do have to pay attention, but that's how a good spy movie should be. This ain't James Bond Spoofs A Bad Guy!

If you like a good story filled with intrigue, double-crossing, revenge, sudden deadly action, plot twists and just plain evil bad guys, watch The Kremlin Letter.


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