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The Kremlin Letter (1970)

M  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  1 February 1970 (USA)
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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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Storyline

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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World War III...in an envelope! See more »

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Brevet til Kreml  »

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Trivia

John Huston performed a number of roles on this movie. Huston was director, script co-writer, an uncredited producer and as an actor did a cameo. Huston made this spy movie not long before he would helm another espionage film, The MacKintosh Man (1973). 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 The Dark Side of Porn: Debbie Does Dallas Uncovered (2005) See more »

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Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing
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Music by Sammy Fain
Played on piano at the San Francisco gay bar
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Misdiagnosed by critics and anthologies
28 October 1998 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw the original release (uncut) and was not disturbed by George Sanders in drag. It seems to me that this one point raised by almost all of the movie anthologies indicates that none have seen the film but only copied one person's comment. The story is clever espionage, keeps you guessing, and keeps your interest. I do not want to say anything else about the story for it will spoil it for those who have not seen it. The performances are all strong and the graphic portrayal may have been too much for the critics. If you want to sense the power and fear of espionage, this is the film to see. There is no holding back. Even the great one, "The Spy Who Came in From the Cold", does not push the cruelty of the spy game as far as this one does. I wish we could get some interest going so that this film will be released on video. I would like to revisit this unique spy film.


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