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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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Release Date:
1 February 1970 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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
Crew verified as complete

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120 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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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A number of characters in this movie are known by code-names. These include "The Highwayman" (Dean Jagger); "The Whore" (Nigel Green); "The Warlock" (George Sanders); "Erector Set" (Niall MacGinnis); "The Negress" (Vonetta McGee); "The Priest" (Marc Lawrence); "The Dentist" (Victor Beaumont) and "The Puppet Maker" (Raf Vallone).See more »
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 »
Sweet Alice:[Opening lines of the film]
[Sweet Alice has checked a briefcase as he enters the museum in Paris, takes the claim check]
Sweet Alice:So, the man in Moscow's agreed to send back the letter.
Polakov:For one million dollars.
Sweet Alice:Mmm, for that kind of money we're entitled to know his name.
Polakov:And then what further need would you have of me?
Sweet Alice:When do you get back to Paris?
Polakov:One week, ten days.
Sweet Alice:I see. Well, you have one week to recover the letter. Seven days, Polakov.
[Lays down the claim check]
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30 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Misdiagnosed by critics and anthologies, 28 October 1998
Author: Denis Forster from United States

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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