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The Kremlin Letter (1970)

M  -  Thriller  -  1 February 1970 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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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Don't trust anyone in THE KREMLIN LETTER See more »

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Trivia

This movie has been called an amalgam of two of director John Huston's earlier films, The Asphalt Jungle (1950) and The Maltese Falcon (1941). See more »

Goofs

When Ward and the Whore talk in the bathroom at the end, the movie crew is reflected in the tiles. See more »

Quotes

Charles Rone: I'm goin' to Mexico.
Ward: Yes sir, you're goin' to Mexico to pick up Lord Ashley's Whore. You're gonna rustle up the Warlock in San Francisco and then make tracks to Chicago for the Erector Set. Tell them the Tillinger Foundation is planning an expedition.
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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
Played during the Central Park Zoo scene
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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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