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The Kremlin Letter -- Freelance american spy team, each a specialist in his field, is hired to recover a stolen top-Secret anti-Red china letter. They infiltrate into moscow and while doing their job find a traitor in their midst. Based on noel behn's novel.

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Writers:
Noel Behn (novel)
John Huston (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
1 February 1970 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Don't trust anyone in THE KREMLIN LETTER See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Bibi Andersson ... Erika Kosnov

Richard Boone ... Ward

Nigel Green ... The Whore

Dean Jagger ... Highwayman

Lila Kedrova ... Madam Sophie
Micheál MacLiammóir ... Sweet Alice

Patrick O'Neal ... Charles Rone

Barbara Parkins ... B.A.
Ronald Radd ... Captain Potkin

George Sanders ... Warlock

Raf Vallone ... Puppet Maker

Max von Sydow ... Colonel Kosnov

Orson Welles ... Bresnavitch
Sandor Elès ... Lt. Grodin (as Sandor Eles)
Niall MacGinnis ... Erector Set
Anthony Chinn ... Kitai
Guy Deghy ... Professor

John Huston ... Admiral
Fulvia Ketoff ... Sonia Potkin

Vonetta McGee ... The Negress

Marc Lawrence ... The Priest
Cyril Shaps ... Police Doctor
Christopher Sandford ... Rudolph
Hana Maria Pravda ... Mrs. Kazar (as Hana-Maria Pravda)
George Pravda ... Kazar
Ludmilla Dudarova ... Mrs. Potkin
Dimitri Tamarov ... Ilya
Pehr-Olof Sirén ... Receptionist
Daniel Smid ... Waiter
Victor Beaumont ... The Dentist
Steve Zacharias ... Dittomachine
Laura Forin ... Elena Potkin
Saara Ranin ... Mikail's Mother (as Saara Rannin)
Sacha Carafa ... Mrs. Grodin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Brandon Brady ... Clocker Dan (uncredited)
Larry Cross ... Member of Tillnger Foundation (uncredited)
Roger Nikkanen ... Extra in Finland (uncredited)
Rune Sandlund ... Mikhail (uncredited)

Directed by
John Huston 
 
Writing credits
Noel Behn (novel "The Kremlin Letter")

John Huston (screenplay) and
Gladys Hill (screenplay)

Produced by
Carter DeHaven .... producer
Sam Wiesenthal .... producer
John Huston .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Robert Drasnin 
 
Cinematography by
Edward Scaife (director of photography) (as Ted Scaife)
 
Film Editing by
Russell Lloyd 
 
Casting by
Robert Lennard  (as Bob Lennard)
 
Production Design by
Ted Haworth 
 
Art Direction by
Elven Webb 
 
Set Decoration by
Dario Simoni 
 
Costume Design by
John Furniss 
 
Makeup Department
George Frost .... makeup supervisor
 
Production Management
David C. Anderson .... production manager (as David Anderson)
Tony LaMarca .... unit production manager: NYC/USA
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gus Agosti .... first assistant director
Carlo Cotti .... second assistant director
Åke Lindman .... assistant director: Finland (uncredited)
Nigel Wooll .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Giovanni Natalucci .... set designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Renato Cadueri .... sound
Basil Fenton-Smith .... sound
Leslie Hodgson .... sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dudley Lovell .... camera operator (uncredited)
Laurie Shane .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Edoardo Romani .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Robert Drasnin .... conductor
 
Other crew
Ernest Anderson .... unit publicist (as Ernie Anderson)
Lucie Lichtig .... script supervisor (as Lucy Lichtig)
Michael Maslansky .... unit publicist
 
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Runtime:
120 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | France:U | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:18 (1970) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (cut theatrical version) | UK:18 (video rating) | UK:15 (video re-rating) | USA:M | West Germany:18 (nf)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Ward and the Whore talk in the bathroom at the end, the movie crew is reflected in the tiles.See more »
Quotes:
Bresnavitch:[Colonel Kosnov's wife has fled the room] Don't worry Colonel, she'll be all right. After all, a wife has a right to know exactly what her husband contributes to society.See more »
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12 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Why isn't this on tape?, 10 August 2001
Author: avenuesf from United States

I agree with all the positive comments and I've always wondered why this has been overlooked by video distributors. I can't also remember when I've ever seen it shown on television. I saw this movie as a kid and was blown away by it... I expected to see a standard spy thriller, but was surprised at how grim and unusual it was. In particular, I remember it got a PG (M at the time, I think) rating, but it clearly should have been an R. I've never seen a film that showed the espionage business in such a bizarre light. Richard Boone gave a great performance, and Barbara Parkins' character was really poignant. The film got a lot of bad reviews, and I never understood why... it was definitely original.

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