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The Kremlin Letter (1970)

During the Cold War a Naval Intelligence officer endowed with a powerful photographic memory is transferred to the CIA to participate in a covert operation in Moscow.

Director:

John Huston

Writers:

Noel Behn (novel), John Huston (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bibi Andersson ... Erika Kosnov
Richard Boone ... Ward
Nigel Green ... The Whore
Dean Jagger ... Highwayman
Lila Kedrova ... Madam Sophie
Micheál MacLiammóir ... Sweet Alice
Patrick O'Neal ... Charles Rone
Barbara Parkins ... B.A.
Ronald Radd Ronald Radd ... Captain Potkin
George Sanders ... Warlock
Raf Vallone ... Puppet Maker
Max von Sydow ... Colonel Kosnov
Orson Welles ... Bresnavitch
Sandor Elès ... Lt. Grodin (as Sandor Eles)
Niall MacGinnis ... Erector Set
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Storyline

A network of older spies from the West recruits a young intelligence officer with a photographic memory to accompany them on a mission inside Russia. They must recover a letter written by the CIA that promises American assistance to Russia if China gets the atomic bomb. Written by <eteam@sunsent.com>

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Don't trust anyone in THE KREMLIN LETTER See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

M | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian | French

Release Date:

1 February 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brevet til Kreml See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,095,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film cast includes five Oscar winners: Orson Welles, George Sanders, Lila Kedrova, John Huston and Dean Jagger; and one Oscar nominee: Max von Sydow. See more »

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The icebreaker drops them off in the frozen Kara Sea. Later Colonel Kosnov says, "Goddamn fools! Trying to come in through Vorkuta." Vorkuta is over 100 miles inland from the Kara Sea. See more »

Quotes

Ward: Now look, I think we've left no stone unturned. But let's not kid ourselves. If any of us is caught there's only a remote possibility we'd be mistaken for Russians. Keep in mind that close examination takes time, and that time they use on you could let the rest of us escape.
Highwayman: Don't be too quick to die.
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The seedy side of spying
25 November 2007 | by dkncdSee all my reviews

"The Kremlin Letter" is a Cold War spy film from director John Huston. It focuses on the story of a young American agent and a team of spies that infiltrate the Soviet Union in an attempt to recover a letter compromising to the United States.

Patrick O'Neal is effective as Charles Rone, who is accepted as a spy due to his photographic memory. Also notable are Richard Boone as the genial mentor to Rone, Bibi Andersson as the desperate wife of a Soviet spy chief Kosnov and Barbara Parkins as an enchanting fellow agent. Orson Welles is solid in a minor role as a Soviet official. Veteran actor Max von Sydow has a good turn as Colonel Kosnov, a determined man with a brutal record, who organizes a "third section" of Soviet agents.

This is the seediest spy story I have seen to date. Harsh tactics are used by both the Americans and Soviets and agents are expected to compromise themselves to the fullest extent in the service of their country. The story remains interesting throughout with intrigue, duplicity and twists. The pace is slow, so this film is not recommend for those looking for a James Bond style spy thriller, but rather those looking for a John le Carré type spy story in the vein of "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold".


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