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?
Reportedly, during filming, star Charles Bronson
didn't want to kiss actress Lee Remick
in the scene at airport. Bronson said that "When my wife meets me at an airport, we never kiss." Director Don Siegel
asked Remick to kiss him anyway and Remick replied, "But, Don, I don't dare. He's liable to hit me!" The airport greeting scene went ahead and made Don's day. See more
The assault rifles used by the Soviet troops were the Valmet M62 (based on the front sights depicted on film) - a derivative of the Soviet Kalashinkov (AK-47 and AKM). See more
Being paranoid doesn't mean we're not being followed.