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Letter to Brezhnev (1985)

Two Soviet sailors, Peter and Sergei, go ashore in Liverpool to spend one night on the town. Peter can speak a minimal amount of English but it's enough to make contact with two ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins. See more awards »
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Sergei
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Peter
Tracy Marshak-Nash ...
Tracy (as Tracy Lea)
Alexandra Pigg ...
Elaine
Margi Clarke ...
Teresa
Susan Dempsey ...
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Carl Chase ...
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Two Soviet sailors, Peter and Sergei, go ashore in Liverpool to spend one night on the town. Peter can speak a minimal amount of English but it's enough to make contact with two Liverpudlian natives, Elaine and Theresa. Elaine and Peter immediately fall in love with each other, but the night is short and they must leave with the ship. Elaine can't forget him and writes a letter to Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev, asking him to make it possible for them to reunite. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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2 May 1986 (USA)  »

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Tracy: Is me mazzie smudged, is me hair up straight ?
Elaine: Tracy - you put a whole can of lacquer on that - it'd take a monsoon to shift that lot.
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Naive Fantasy Blinded By Wishful Thinking
20 August 2010 | by (St. Paul, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Ah, but if only it were realistic. Because if anyone knows anything about the way the Soviet Union dealt with sailors in those days, the regime would never have let these two guys go off by themselves on shore, not even for a short while. I hope no one has to explain to you why. And even if this sweet young thing did get her chance to get a letter through to Brezhnev, he would surely be wondering how this sailor was able to free himself long enough to get into this situation in the first place, and I can tell you he wouldn't like it — even if the propaganda value might otherwise be useful.

But of course, romantic notions of life in the Soviet Union were not exactly rare at the time — especially, perhaps, in a very depressed place like Liverpool in the '80's. I wished Elaine luck, but it's kind of like watching one of those old Science Fiction movies and hoping the aliens and the earthlings can learn how to get along, because you know that in real life you don't really have to or get to.


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