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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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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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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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This adaptation of John le Carré's novel 'The Russia House' was written by Tom Stoppard and stars Sean Connery. Connery had at the time recently been originally cast as The Player King in Tom Stoppard's film version of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990) but Connery had had to withdraw due to a medical scare relating to throat cancer which turned out to be benign. The part went to Richard Dreyfuss but Connery got to work in a Stoppard production when he did this movie. See more »

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A surprisingly non-cynical Le Carre story
18 June 2004 | by (Hua Hin, Thailand) – See all my reviews

As a great admirer of John Le Carre, I watched this film with high expectations & although the story wasn't the usual Le Carre (such as 'The Spy Who Came In From The Cold'), I enjoyed it immensely. It is a combination of a good old-fashioned romance & a look at what happens when an ordinary man is brought into the world of espionage. Connery is very good as the boozy, world-weary publisher who considers personal relationships more important than Cold War one-upmanship. Michelle Pfeiffer, apart from being very pleasing to the eye as usual, was also pretty believable as the Russian trying to do the right thing. What's more, Klaus Maria Brandauer deserves an honourable mention as well. OK, the plot is complicated & sometimes hard to follow, as are most of Le Carre's works (& also, doubtless, the real world of espionage), but it is worth the effort. If you are seeking a simple good guy beats bad guy film, then don't watch this or any other realistic spy film. If, however, you want a story that manages to combine cynicism & romance, I recommend this one.


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