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
They'll do anything to stop Telefon. The operation that can trigger 51 human time bombs.
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Did You Know?
An on-set dispute occurred whilst filming at San Francisco's Hyatt regency Hotel. Charles Bronson
was directed to walk to a black tape mark when exiting a glass elevator. According to director Don Siegel
, Bronson exclaimed: "You don't have to show off by telling me how to get off an escalator!" Siegel then did the quiet moment director-actor thing with Bronson, walking away for a quiet chat. Siegel explained that the tape was there so as to retain the aesthetic looking glass elevators within the shot frame. Apparently, Siegel threatened to walk off the set but actor and director shook on it and the shot was completed. See more
The film title is a transliteration of the Russian word for "telephone". The letter "o" is pronounced in Russian like it is in the English word telephone, although the KGB in the film pronounce it incorrectly (rhyming with "telethon".) See more
The woods are lovely, dark, and deep, but I have promises to keep. And miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep. Remember. Miles to go before I sleep.
Referenced in Grindhouse