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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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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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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1 February 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Brevet til Kreml  »

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

Quotes

Charles Rone: I think I'm a superior combination of intellect and physique, athlete and scholar. When a risk is to be run I formulate the ideal procedure and calculate the chances involved with exquisite precision. If the percentages are sufficiently in my favor I put myself into motion having absolute confidence in the performance of my reflexes.
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Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing
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Music by Sammy Fain
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One of the best spy thrillers made
5 August 1999 | by (Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA) – See all my reviews

When this film was released it used what I thought was a new technique to convey a foreign language spoken by the characters. The film is part suspense, part thriller. Far better than any James Bond flick and by far better than the Spy Who Came in from the Cold. It keeps moving with twists to keep the viewer on his/her seat edge wondering who is who and who can be trusted. Why this hasn't been released on video is a complete mystery to me. All this time I've been thinking that every print must have been destroyed in one of the many studio archive fires a few years back.


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