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Russian Roulette (1975)

An RCMP officer is ordered to discreetly take a Russian immigrant into custody in advance of a state visit by the Soviet premier. When his prisoner is kidnapped, the officer is drawn into a complicated assasination scheme.

Director:

Lou Lombardo

Writers:

Tom Ardies (screenplay), Stanley Mann (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Segal ... Shaver
Cristina Raines ... Bogna
Bo Brundin ... Vostik
Denholm Elliott ... Petapiece
Gordon Jackson ... Hardison
Peter Donat ... McDermott
Richard Romanus ... Ragulia
Nigel Stock ... Ferguson
Val Avery ... Henke
Louise Fletcher ... Midge
Graham Jarvis ... Benson
Constantine Gregory ... Samuel (as Constantin De Goguel)
Jacques Sandulescu Jacques Sandulescu ... Gorki
Walter Marsh ... Taggart (as Wally Marsh)
Hagan Beggs Hagan Beggs ... Kavinsky
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During the 1970s, on the eve of Soviet leader's official visit to Canada, the Soviet Ambassy alerts the Canadian authorities to the existence of a Latvian immigrant who may plan to kill the visiting Soviet leader.The Soviets explain that Latvian immigrant Rudolf Henke is bitter over Latvia's treatment by the USSR and that he may attempt to assassinate the visiting Soviet leader in Vancouver, Canada.The Soviets request that Henke be kidnapped by the Canadian police to prevent him from any wrongdoing.Commander Petapiece of the Special Branch of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police assigns Corporal Tim Shaver to kidnap Rudolf Henke.This seems to be the only solution since the Canadian government fears political backlash from publicly detaining such a high profile political agitator without any concrete evidence of criminal activity from his part.The Canadians want to accommodate the Soviet requests in order to keep good bilateral relations with the USSR.When Corporal Tim Shaver of the RCMP ... Written by nufs68

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George Segal hangs tough ... and plays the game with all the chambers loaded ! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1975 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$1,250,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Bulldog,ITC Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Initially, the provincial Canadian authorities were uncooperative in allowing the film company to shoot the climactic scene at the National Railroads Hilton Hotel.The filming caused a two-hour traffic jam, causing the police to declare that Bulldog Productions had overstepped permission. See more »

Soundtracks

Yankee Doodle Dandy
(uncredited)
Written by George M. Cohan
Arranged by Michael J. Lewis
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Slow starter but a strong finish
5 July 2004 | by heedarmySee all my reviews

The failure of this stylish thriller, financed by Lew Grade's ITC, effectively ended the directorial career of former Altman editor Lou Lombardo. It's true that "Russian Roulette" takes a while to get going and has an unnecessarily complex plot. However, Lombardo has a nice eye for detail, uses locations well (it is set in wintry Vancouver) and gets the best out of an eclectic cast.

"Russian Roulette" may start slowly but it builds to a cracking climax that is a tour de force of slick editing and exciting music (from the underrated Michael J Lewis). George Segal is well-cast and looks genuinely scared in the vertiginous rooftop shootout. Worth seeing.


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