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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 ... 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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World War III...in an envelope! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

M/PG | 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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The lead role of Charles Rone which was played by Patrick O'Neal was originally offered to James Coburn. See more »

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When Ward and the Whore talk in the bathroom at the end, the movie crew is reflected in the tiles. See more »

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Warlock: [while knitting... ] Rudolph says he's in love with me. He claims that I'm the only one he's been in love with since Polakov, and talking about their affair makes him weep. He wants me to leave the professor and move in with him. I told him it wouldn't be wise to break off so suddenly but that I would find a way soon. I'm knitting these bed socks for him.
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The gold standard for its genre.
26 July 1999 | by SquirePMSee all my reviews

The Kremlin Letter is the most intense spy drama, with the tightest script and the very best characterizations ever to appear in this peculiarly appealing genre.

John Huston (who plays one scene himself, masterfully) somehow assembled the incredible cast, which reads like a who's who of its time. This was one of the great Nigel Green's last roles, and his performance is typical of all the others in the cast, smooth and riveting.

Barbara Parkins is at her peak, and is more alluring than you would believe. Much hotter than you've ever seen her. Wow.

Critics say this movie is slow and hard to follow. Perhaps they watched it at a cocktail party. It keeps you on your toes and you do have to pay attention, but that's how a good spy movie should be. This ain't James Bond Spoofs A Bad Guy!

If you like a good story filled with intrigue, double-crossing, revenge, sudden deadly action, plot twists and just plain evil bad guys, watch The Kremlin Letter.


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