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Director:
Writers:
Noel Behn (novel)
John Huston (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
1 February 1970 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Don't trust anyone in THE KREMLIN LETTER See more »
Plot:
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
The gold standard for its genre. See more (39 total) »

Cast

  (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)
 
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 | 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:
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 »
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:
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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23 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
The gold standard for its genre., 26 July 1999
Author: SquirePM from Birmingham, Alabama

The Kremlin Letter is the most intense spy drama, with the tightest script and the very best characterizations ever to appear in this peculiarly appealing genre.

John Huston (who plays one scene himself, masterfully) somehow assembled the incredible cast, which reads like a who's who of its time. This was one of the great Nigel Green's last roles, and his performance is typical of all the others in the cast, smooth and riveting.

Barbara Parkins is at her peak, and is more alluring than you would believe. Much hotter than you've ever seen her. Wow.

Critics say this movie is slow and hard to follow. Perhaps they watched it at a cocktail party. It keeps you on your toes and you do have to pay attention, but that's how a good spy movie should be. This ain't James Bond Spoofs A Bad Guy!

If you like a good story filled with intrigue, double-crossing, revenge, sudden deadly action, plot twists and just plain evil bad guys, watch The Kremlin Letter.

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