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Telefon (1977)

A Russian officer is sent to USA to try and stop sleeper agents who will mindlessly attack government entities when they hear certain coded words.

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Barbara
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Nicolai Dalchimsky
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Dorothy Putterman
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Colonel Malchenko
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General Strelsky
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Marie Wills
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Harley Sandburg
Helen Page Camp ...
Emma Stark
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Doug Stark
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Mrs. Hassler
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Carl Hassler
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Harry Bascom
Iggie Wolfington ...
Father Stuart Diller
Hank Brandt ...
William Enders
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Storyline

The KGB is looking for one of their people, a man named Dalchimsky because he has stolen something important but, unfortunately, he manages to get through the border. Later in the U.S. some seemingly ordinary people after receiving a phone call go out and destroy key American military installations. Back in the U.S.S.R. General Strelsky and Colonel Malchenko send for Grigori Borzov, a KGB agent who has been to the U.S. on missions before. They inform him that after the U-2 incident in fear of the possibility that a war with the U.S. will occur; they were part of an operation called TELEFON that involved recruiting young agents and then brainwashing them into believing that they are Americans. They would assume the identity of an American who died a long time ago and who would be their age now. They would be situated in a city that is near or where a key U.S. military installation is located. They were also programmed to destroy upon receiving the command phrase. They have been ... Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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They'll do anything to stop Telefon. The operation that can trigger 51 human time bombs. See more »


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16 December 1977 (USA)  »

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Телефон  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Third teaming of director Don Siegel with star actor Charles Bronson. The two had previously worked in television together on The Lineup: The Paisley Gang (1954) and The Legend of Jesse James: The Chase (1966), Siegel being a director on the former and producer on the latter. This film though was their only ever theatrical feature together. See more »

Goofs

When Dalchimsky is watching Hassler take off, it is obviously from high vantage point. During his flight, he passes some very prominent hills. Florida is very flat with the area around Apalachicola being only a few tens of feet above sea level. See more »

Quotes

Grigori Borzov: Being paranoid doesn't mean we're not being followed.
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Spoofed in Zoolander (2001) See more »

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The Yellow Rose of Texas
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Telefon was a superb movie of the 70's
30 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is one of my favorites. Lee Remick and Charles Bronson were the perfect pair for this thriller. Donald Pleasance was also well casted. Who cares if a KGB uniform was not exactly correct as some people have commented on! When I see a movie I want to be entertained and this one had me on edge from beginning to end. Bravo! I would love to get a copy of this film as these type of movies are ones that you could watch over and over again. The chemistry of Lee Remick and Charles Bronson happened as soon as they laid eyes on each other and their performances were excellent. I was also intrigued by the surprise ending


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