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Director:
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:
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:
A Huston 'Throwaway'? I disagree... See more (39 total) »

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)
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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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2.35 : 1 See more »
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:
This was filming in Rome the same time as Catch-22 (1970), also featuring Orson Welles.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:
Warlock:[while knitting... ] Rudolph says he's in love with me. He claims that I'm the only one he's been in love with since Polakov, and talking about their affair makes him weep. He wants me to leave the professor and move in with him. I told him it wouldn't be wise to break off so suddenly but that I would find a way soon. I'm knitting these bed socks for him.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Sobre las olas (Over the Waves)See more »

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28 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
A Huston 'Throwaway'? I disagree..., 14 January 2001
Author: John Reed (piq27f@hotmail.com) from CT, USA

I will never forget the image of Ward whispering 'We will do anything...' as Bresnavitch's (Welles' appearance is almost a cameo; purely setup for the story) face is caught in the flicker of the projector (see the movie to understand his fear) . The 'cruelty' of the game is played out in these few moments.

The story line is simple and I won't repeat it here. I will say that from the Highwayman's exit (near the beginning) to the final revelation, the film is non-stop. George Sanders is a bonus. Not absolutely necessary to the story but certainly an amplification of the stakes involved.

Ward is the key to the story (no pun intended). Rone is drawn in for his memory. The Whore, jaded and disinterested in anything other than his immediate existence agrees to participate for money... or perhaps something else.

Remember the opening scene in Mission Impossible (Tom Cruise version)? Phelps' wife is drugged and the race is on to get the information so she can be given the antidote. Contrast this 'we're in it together' attitude with the 'I'm in it for myself' attitude of the Kremlin Letter; lots of lies and deception, but completely self-serving. Not a platitude in sight. A refreshing 'honesty' for the new millennium... from a film nearly thirty years old.

Having seen several versions including the original theatrical release, television cut and the second theatrical release I can understand the misconceptions surrounding this film.

This film is extremely violent. The violence is not the '90's variety. You aren't shown it but you feel it. Bresnavitch's fear... Rone's 'matter of fact' attitude... Ward's 'direction'... The Highwayman's' resignation...

Oh, the method for Russian/English/Russian translation must be experienced. It might not be a first but I haven't seen it in any film since.

Finally I must add that there is not one likeable character in this movie... they are all far too human.

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