6.6/10
998
10 user 8 critic

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 »

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins. See more awards »
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Tracy Marshak-Nash ...
Tracy (as Tracy Lea)
...
...
Susan Dempsey ...
Girl in Pub
Ted Wood ...
Mick
Carl Chase ...
Taxi Driver
Sharon Power ...
Robbie Dee ...
Charlie
Eddie Ross ...
Rayner
Syd Newman ...
Dmitri
Gerry White ...
1st Doorman
Pat Riley ...
2nd Doorman
Wendy Votel ...
1st Girl on Bus
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2 May 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bons baisers de Liverpool  »

Box Office

Budget:

£400,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Both lead actresses, Alexandra Pigg and Margi Clarke are, just like their characters, natives of Liverpool. See more »

Goofs

Elaine says the British embassy did nothing to help her. It is highly unlikely that that she as a British citizen in Britain would have contacted any British embassy, all of which would, by definition, be in other countries. She would have contacted the Foreign Office, which is the authority dealing with foreign affairs and international matters in Britain. The casual viewer might easily confuse the two, but Elaine, who has recently dealt with them, would not make this mistake. See more »

Quotes

Father: Who the fuck is this Peter anyway? We've never even met him yet.
Elaine: He's the man I love, the man I'm gonna marry. And if being with him means going to live in Russia, then that's the way it's gonna be.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The end credits roll to the background of a painted Moscow city landscape. See more »

Connections

Referenced in I'll Be There (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Always Something There To Remind Me
Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Performed by Sandie Shaw
(uncredited)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Lovely lark about Liverpool Loonies
2 January 1999 | by (Bethesda, Maryland) – See all my reviews

Atmospheric, un-slick, and utterly unique, Letter to Brezhnev captures a slice of the 1980s which seems all the more extraordinary in 1999. Graced by realistic acting, deft camera work, and a superb soundtrack, one is successfully transformed to a period and a place, in this case wonderfully dreary Liverpool in the early 80s - New Wave music and the Cold War are in full swing. Such a movie is hip today but rarely achieved. The story may seem a little far-fetched - Liverpool girl (Pigg) gets Russian guy (Firth) with a little help from no less than the Soviet Premier - but some of us who grew up in the 80s like to think that it could. The 80s were like that. Now, we just have awful, cynical, formulaic pap - Reality Bites and Boys on the Side...whine, whine, whine. Why can't more movies like Letter to Brezhnev be made?


11 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page