Before filming started, Sir Anthony Hopkins scoured the bookshops of London's Charing Cross Road, trying to find a copy of the novel upon which this movie was based. He had no luck, went to catch a train home, and found a copy lying on a bench at the station. Years later, Hopkins met author George Feifer, who told him that he'd lent his own copy to a friend, who then lost it. Hopkins produced the one he'd found, and asked if it was Feifer's. It was. See more »
I just saw this film for the first time. While Goldie Hawn's Russian accent left a lot to be desired, I found this an entertaining story. Hal Holbrook was great, of course. I thought the Soviet background was fairly well presented of it's 1970's time period. While this was the "Cold War" period, one should not mistake this film for some spy vs. spy story. It is a love story set against the background of the Soviet Union. Some of Goldie's character motivation seem a bit odd at times, I will say. Perhaps another film where if one read the book, some of the character development details would be filled in and better understood. While one recommendation here for a similar story was, "Reds," I would say the 1980's film, "White Nights," with Gregory Hines would be a much better comparison.
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