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The Russia House (1990)

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An expatriate British publisher unexpectedly finds himself working for British intelligence to investigate people in Russia.

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Merrydew (as Ian McNiece)
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Storyline

Three notebooks supposedly containing Russian military secrets are handed to a British publisher during a Russian book conference. The British secret service are naturally keen to learn if these notebooks are the genuine article. To this end, they enlist the help of the scruffy British publisher Barley Blair, who has plenty of experience with Russia and Russians. Barley, an unconventional character who doesn't respond well to authority, finds himself in a game more complex than he first thought when he digs into the origin of the notebooks. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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From John Le Carre's Best-Selling Thriller See more »


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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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21 December 1990 (USA)  »

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John le Carré's The Russia House  »

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$22,998,000 (USA)
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During principal photography of this picture, the infamous symbol of the Cold War, the Berlin Wall, finally came down. John le Carré, author of this film's source novel, worked for British Intelligence's Mi5 & Mi6 during the 1950s and 1960s and worked in Berlin. Le Carré' was in Berlin when the Berlin Wall was being constructed. Le Carré drew on this real life experience when he wrote the novel of 'The Spy Who Came in from the Cold' which is set about a year after the Berlin Wall was built. See more »

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When Barley first meets Katya, they're in the big square and he tells her that 3 years ago he was nearly arrested in the same place for suspicion of being a spy. Katya asks "were you?", and Barley replies "of course not" .. He then goes on to explain "a soldier and his girl friend..." followed by a short pause during which Katya smiled satisfactorily, but then Barley continues to explain "..asked me to take a photo of them."! Katya should have waited until Barley finished the whole sentence before smiling (laughing) with satisfaction. See more »

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[while training for a covert mission]
Barley: This is fun... Is that why you keep it secret?
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References Breathless (1960) See more »

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The Sheik Of Araby
Written by Ted Snyder (as T. Snyder), Francis Wheeler (as F. Wheeler) & Harry B. Smith (as H. B. Smith)
Published by Bienstock Publishing Co. & Filmtrax
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a romance pretending to be a thriller
19 March 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Maybe I was just in the right mood, but I found this an effective romance. Michelle Pfieffer was even better than her usual terrific self, and the rest of the excellent cast was, well, excellent. It is pretty slow, but I think that this is essential to the conclusion, which I found quite moving. You have to give this movie a chance to grow on you, but if you are patient it is quite accessible. Not bleak at all, as you'd expect from Le Carre.


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