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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolai Dalchimsky
Dorothy Putterman
Alan Badel ...
Colonel Malchenko
Patrick Magee ...
General Strelsky
Marie Wills
Frank Marth ...
Harley Sandburg
Helen Page Camp ...
Emma Stark
Doug Stark
Mrs. Hassler
Ed Bakey ...
Carl Hassler
John Mitchum ...
Harry Bascom
Iggie Wolfington ...
Father Stuart Diller
Hank Brandt ...
William Enders


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 <>

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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)  »

Also Known As:

Телефон  »

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When Borzov (Charles Bronson) encounters Immigration on the Canadian border, the agent asks about his citizenship and birthplace, to which he responds, "American, from Pennsylvania", Bronson's true birthplace. See more »


When Hassler's (Ed Bakey) helicopter is approaching the Appalachicola Naval Communications Station, the station's "radar" display shows the blip representing the helicopter move before, and after the the rotational scan; not when it is hit by the beam, as in reality. See more »


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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51 Manchurian Candidates Get A Wake Up Call
27 October 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Telefon casts Charles Bronson as a KGB agent on assignment in America trying to stop Donald Pleasance from igniting World War III. Bronson is aided and abetted uneasily by CIA agent Lee Remick and the two of them get involved with each other as well as the mission at hand.

It's quite a mission they have, Pleasance is an old line Stalinist and he's noticed the new regime is slowly doing away with his kind. So he knows about this operation involving 51 Manchurian candidates who are Russian sleeper agents the way Laurence Harvey was in the Manchurian Candidate. With the proper phrase these people who are under hypnosis and just living regular humdrum lives get a signal to complete a mission involving sabotage of some military installation in their area. Pleasance has come to America to set these agents off.

It might have been a whole lot easier to just dial long distance once he was out of the Soviet Union, but apparently Pleasance is also getting a few jollies and really wants to see his handiwork. Bronson gets the list and follows Pleasance's trail hoping to head him off.

A nice cast of talented players pulls off and makes entertaining when you think about it, a really silly Cold War era story. Pleasance as usual pulls all the stops out as the villain and Bronson is his usual menacing self. His loyal legion of fans might like Telefon, I'm kind of partial to it myself, but I recognize it's illogicality.

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