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Telefon (1977)

PG  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  16 December 1977 (USA)
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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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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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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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The braided wedding bands worn by Charles Bronson and Lee Remick are the same as those worn by Walter Matthau and Jacqueline Scott in Charley Varrick (1973) which was also directed by this film's director Don Siegel. See more »

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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 »

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Grigori Borzov: I think you are a very capable person and I value you very much. So far, we've made a good team. But, you know, you talk too much.
Barbara: If, I mean when, we get Dalchimski I suppose you'll be going home. You going home to anyone, I mean, do you have a wife?
Grigori Borzov: No.
Barbara: Lucky girl.
Grigori Borzov: [chuckles]
Barbara: I know, I talk too much.
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Dated Rip-off of the Central Idea of The Manchurian Candidate but Still Engaging
5 May 2013 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The radical Russian Nicolai Dalchimsky (Donald Pleasence) steals some names and codes and flees to the United States of America with the intention of beginning the Third World War. The list is formed by ordinary American citizens that are actually brainwashed Russian agents that have been programmed fifteen years ago to destroy military bases and facilities and are triggered through a phone call with a message.

The responsible for the secret program, General Strelsky (Oatrick Magee) and Colonel Malchenko (Alan Badel) summon Major Grigori "Gregg" Borzov (Charles Bronson) to travel to the United States to eliminate Dalchimsky. Gregg teams up with the Russian agent Barbara (Lee Remick) that was instructed to obey his orders but does not know what is happening. But Barbara has a secret agenda from her superiors to accomplish by the end of their assignment.

"Telefon" is presently a dated rip-off of the central idea of "The Manchurian Candidate", with Russian agents with sleepy instructions and programmed to destroy but it is still engaging. Don Siegel was a master of action and "Telefon" never disappoints. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Telefone" ("The Telephone")


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