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 »
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
John Huston said of this film in his auto-biography 'An Open Book': "I thought 'The Kremlin Letter' had all the makings of a success... The book by Noel Behn had been a best-seller. It had, moreover, all those qualities that were just coming into fashion in 1970 - violence, lurid sex, drugs. The cast was exceptionally strong... and the performances couldn't have been bettered. It was extremely well photographed [by Edward Scaife] - there was a virtuosity, a shine to it. Gladys Hill and I wrote the script, which I considered quite good, though in retrospect it was perhaps overcomplicated." See more »
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Average spies film about the cold war with confused plot
The film concerns about a ex-official called Charles Ron(Patrick O'Neal) is recruited in an underground spies ring.They must retrieve at whatever cost a letter that an agent Cia signed by error in a document which promises American assistance to Russia and attack to China if gets nuclear weapon.The group is constituted by a priest(Dean Jagger), a beautiful girl(Barbara Parkins) with ability as safecracker, an unscrupulous man called ¨the Whore¨(Nigel Green),an uncanny and astute spy(Richard Boone)and even an old drag(George Sanders).They go inside Russia to find the letter.They'll confront against cunning head of Soviet Politburo(Orson Welles) and a evil KGB agent(Max Von Sidow)whose wife(Bibbi Andersson)falls in love with the protagonist Ron.
The film has suspense,tension,emotion,mystery and specially in its final a little bit of violence.Although the picture has various ingredients for entertainment,the argument is confused and complex,screenplay has gaps and sometimes is embarrassing and absurd . The film belongs to spies sub-genre developed during the cold war and its maxim representation are John LeCarre's novels adapted to cinema in films as: ¨The spy who came in from the cold¨(Martin Ritt),¨Deadly Affair¨(Sidney Lumet) and Russia House(with Sean Connery). The star studded casting is important,with known international actors but for a blurred writings ,they appear acting with no sense. The film is regularly directed by John Huston(who acts in very secondary role). Rating : Mediocre ,below average
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