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The Russia House ()


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An expatriate British publisher unexpectedly finds himself working for British intelligence to investigate people in Russia.

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Barley
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Katya
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Russell
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Ned
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Brady
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Clive
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Quinn
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Walter
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Wicklow
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Dante
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Bob
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Niki Landau
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Brock
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Merrydew (as Ian McNiece)
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Henziger
Denys Hawthorne ...
Paddy
George Roth ...
Cy
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U.S. Scientist (as Peter Mariner)
Ellen Hurst ...
Anna
Peter Knupffer ...
Sergey
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Uncle Matvey
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Johnny
Eric Anzumonyln ...
Nasayan
Daniel Wozniak ...
Zapadny
Giorgi Anjaparidze ...
Yuri (as Georgi Andzhaparidze)
Vladek Nikiforov ...
Tout
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Larry
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Todd
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Merv
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Stanley
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Spikey
David Timson ...
George
Yelena Stroyeva ...
Anastasia (as Elena Stroyeva)
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Watcher
Pavel Sirotin ...
Watcher
Paul Jutkevitch ...
Misha
David Henry ...
Jr. Minister - Whitehall
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Scientist - Whitehall
Paul Rattee ...
Army Officer - Whitehall
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Psychoanalyst - Whitehall
Gina Nikiforov ...
Russian Guest
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Russian Guest
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Jacky
Charlotte Cornwell ...
Charlotte
Craig Crosbie ...
Technician
Keith Edwards ...
Hoover
Michael Fitzpatrick ...
Hoover
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Hoover
Gennady Venov ...
Katya's Father
Sasha Yatsko ...
Russian Writer
Vladimir Zunetov ...
Dan
Jack Raymond ...
Lev
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Colonial Type
Alexei Jawdokimov ...
Arkady
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KGB Interviewer
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KGB Man (as Sergei Reusenko)
Yegueshe Tsturvan ...
Flute Player
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Delegate (uncredited)
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Russian Trade Show Guest (uncredited)

Directed by

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Fred Schepisi

Written by

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John le Carré ... (novel)
 
Tom Stoppard ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Paul Maslansky ... producer
Fred Schepisi ... producer

Music by

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Jerry Goldsmith

Cinematography by

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Ian Baker ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Peter Honess
Beth Jochem Besterveld ... (uncredited)

Editorial Department

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Mark Ellis ... apprentice editor
Jeremy Gibbs ... first assistant editor
Jonathan Lucas ... second assistant editor
Lucy Maunsell ... apprentice editor
Heather McDermott ... first assistant editor

Casting By

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Mary Goldberg ... casting: director: U.S.
Mary Selway

Production Design by

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Richard Macdonald

Art Direction by

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Roger Cain ... supervising art director

Set Decoration by

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Simon Wakefield

Costume Design by

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Ruth Myers

Makeup Department

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Naomi Donne ... key makeup artist
Ilona Herman ... hair stylist: Mr. Connery / makeup artist: Mr. Connery
Dinah Holt ... key hairdresser
Sue Love ... hair stylist: Mr. Connery / makeup artist: Mr. Connery

Production Management

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Irakli Akamashvili ... assistant production manager: Moscow/Leningrad (as Irakilj Amamashrili)
Warren Carr ... production manager: Vancouver
Joyce Herlihy ... unit production manager
José Mazeda ... production manager: Lisbon
Kirill Minkovetsky ... assistant production manager: Moscow/Leningrad (as Kirill Minkovetskij)
Ashley Schepisi ... post-production supervisor
Leonid Vereshchagin ... production manager: Moscow/Leningrad
Donald L. West ... production supervisor
Luis Rocha ... assistant production manager: Lisbon (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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José de Sá Caetano ... first assistant director: Lisbon (as José Sá Caetano)
Rachel Leiterman ... second assistant director: Vancouver
Stepan Mikhalkov ... assistant director: Moscow/Leningrad
Kira Sinelshikova ... assistant director: Moscow/Leningrad (as Kira Sineltshikova)
Adam Somner ... third assistant director
Michael Stevenson ... second assistant director
David Tringham ... first assistant director
Michael Zenon ... first assistant director: Vancouver

Art Department

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Miguel Aboím ... property master: Lisbon (as Miguel Aboim Borges)
Harry Alley ... plasterer laborer: London
Joe Alley ... carpenter: London
Terry Apsey ... construction manager: London
Geoff Ball ... carpenter: London
Frank Billington-Marks ... storeman: London (as Frank Fillington-Marks)
Penny Blackburn ... art department trainee: London
Michael Campbell ... scenic painter: London
Larry Carter ... carpenter: London
James H. Chow ... property master: Vancouver (as Jimmy Chow)
Brian Cooper ... plasterer laborer: London
Bill Dady ... stagehand: London (as William Dady)
John Franklin ... supervising carpenter: London (as J.R. Franklin)
N. Golovina ... assistant properties: Moscow/Leningrad (as Nina Golovina)
Peter Grant ... property master
Les Hazell ... carpenter: London (as L. Hazell)
Basil Hearn ... carpenter: London (as B.H. Hearn)
Bill Henshaw ... stand-by rigger: London (as William Henshaw)
Robert Hill ... assistant properties
Richard Holland ... assistant art director
Sergei Ivanov ... art direction: Moscow/Leningrad
Patricia Johnson ... draftsman: London
Steven Lawrence ... assistant draftsman: London
Paul Lay ... stagehand: London
E.J. Luxford ... carpenter: London
Steve Macdonald ... stand-by properties: London (as Stephen MacDonald)
João Martins ... art director: Lisbon
Jim Morahan ... assistant art director
John New ... stand-by carpenter
John Newvell ... rigger: London (as J. Newvell)
Terry Newvell ... stand-by stagehand
Sid Palmer ... buyer
David Pitt ... carpenter: London
Syd Regan ... painter: London (as S. Regan)
Jeff Reid ... carpenter: London (as J.H. Reid)
Albert Roper ... stand-by painter
Richard Rowlands ... machinist: London
Roy Seers ... plasterer: London (as Roland Seers)
Kenneth Sibley ... stagehand: London (as K. Sibley)
Jim Statchini ... stagehand: London (as Jim Strachini)
Don Taylor ... supervising plasterer: London
Keith Vowles ... set dresser: London
Brian Western ... painter: London
Mickey Woolfson ... set dresser: London (as Mickey Wolfson)
Frank Howe ... drapesman (uncredited)
José Matos ... construction coordinator: Lisbon (uncredited)
Max Matsuoka ... props assistant: Vancouver (uncredited) / props buyer: Vancouver (uncredited)
Chris Seddon ... drapes master (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Craig Carter ... supervising sound editor
Sue Clancy ... assistant sound editor
B.J. Clayden ... boom operator: Vancouver
Peter Fenton ... re-recording mixer
Phil Heywood ... foley artist
Stephen Kent ... assistant sound editor
Konstantin Klimov ... sound assistant: Moscow/Leningrad
Chris Munro ... sound mixer
Gavin Myers ... dialogue editor
Glenn Newnham ... sound effects editor
Graham Nieder ... sound maintenance engineer
Martin Oswin ... re-recording mixer
Ron Purvis ... re-recording mixer
Livia Ruzic ... dialogue editor
Rebecca von Dallwitz ... assistant sound editor
Colin Wood ... boom operator
Gary Woodyard ... sound effects editor
Rob Young ... sound mixer: Vancouver
Roger Campbell ... technical assistant (uncredited)
John Dennison ... adr editor (uncredited)
Preston Oliver ... sound recordist (uncredited)
Lionel Strutt ... adr mixer (uncredited)

Stunts

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Romo Gorrara ... stunt coordinator (as Romo Gorraro)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Cameron Barnett ... video playback
Simon Barry ... assistant camera: Vancouver
Oliver Berg ... best boy grip: Vancouver
John L. Brown ... dolly grip: Vancouver (as John Brown)
Murray Close ... still photographer
Rob Dickinson ... computer video supervisor: London (as Robert Dickinson)
Les Erskine ... gaffer: Vancouver
Perry Evans ... gaffer
Simon Finney ... second assistant cameraman
Dale Garrison ... best boy electrician: Vancouver (as Dale 'Tiny' Garrison)
Jeremy Gee ... second camera operator
Alan Grosch ... generator operator
John Hatt ... senior video technician
Sean Herlihy ... second assistant cameraman
Tim Hogan ... key grip: Vancouver
Ian Jones ... Steadicam / camera operator
John Jordan ... first assistant cameraman
Leigh Mackenzie ... focus puller (as Leigh MacKenzie)
Rose Mihalyi ... assistant camera: Vancouver
Ossa Mills ... best boy electrician (as Ossie Mills)
Roman Ovcherenko ... camera assistant: Moscow/Leningrad
Toby Plaskitt ... key grip
Stuart Reid ... electrician
David Rist ... crane operator
Paul Wood ... electrician
I. Zinkovsky ... video playback: Moscow/Leningrad (as Igor Zinkovsky)
Tony Costa ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Vince Laxton ... electrician (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Michelle Allen ... local casting: Vancouver
Barbara Harris ... voice casting
N. Krasnoselskaya ... casting: Moscow/Leningrad (as Nellya Krasnoselskaya)
Tamara Odintsova ... casting: Moscow/Leningrad
Caitlin Rhodes ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Ken Crouch ... wardrobe master
Irina Ginno ... costumes: Moscow/Leningrad (as Irina Gino)
Jo Korer ... wardrobe mistress
Christopher Ryan ... wardrobe master: Vancouver
Larissa Vladykina ... wardrobe mistress: Moscow/Leningrad

Location Management

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Kita Casal-Ribeiro ... location manager: Lisbon
Stan Fus ... assistant location manager: London
Leonid Golub ... location manager: Moscow/Leningrad
Evgeniy Golynskiy ... location manager: Moscow/Leningrad (as Yevgeniy Golynsky)
Ian Hickinbotham ... location manager: London

Music Department

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Bruce Botnick ... music recording engineer
Sandy DeCrescent ... music contractor (as Sandy De Crescent)
Kenneth Hall ... music editor
Michael Lang ... musician: piano (as Mike Lang)
Branford Marsalis ... featured musician: saxophone solo
Arthur Morton ... orchestrator
John Palatucci ... musician: bass (as John Patetuchy)
Jo Ann Kane ... music preparation (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Dave Croucher ... driver: wardrobe bus (as David Croucher)
Peter Godfrey ... camera car driver: London
Carlos Gonçalo ... transportation coordinator: Lisbon
Frank Hughes ... driver: makeup bus
Scott Irvine ... transportation coordinator: Vancouver
David Rist ... driver: tracking vehicle
Chuck Rowley ... transportation coordinator: Moscow/Leningrad
Raili Salmi ... assistant transportation: Moscow/Leningrad
Rob Vreugde ... transportation co-coordinator: Vancouver (as Rob Vreudge)
Alexander Yurchikov ... transportation captain: Moscow/Leningrad (as Alexander Yurichikov)
Terry Pritchard ... unit driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Elena Baranova ... interpreter: Mr. Connery, Moscow/Leningrad
Lizzie Bryant ... production secretary
Mariya Chugunova ... liaison: Russian, Moscow/Leningrad (as Marsha Chuganova)
Susan d'Arcy ... unit publicist (as Sue D'Arcy)
Rob Dickinson ... computer/ video supervisor
Roy Everson ... stand-in: Mr. Connery
Lorraine Fennell ... production coordinator: England
Terri Ferraro ... production coordinator: Los Angeles
Michelle Fox ... assistant: Mr. Maslansky
Marion Gray ... production secretary
Constantine Gregory ... dialect coach
Phil Hobbs ... caterer: Location Caterers
Lynn Hoey ... production assistant: London
Catherine Howard ... production coordinator: Vancouver
Kevin Hyman ... production auditor
Gary Jones ... production auditor
Yuriy Kushneryov ... production services: Moscow/Leningrad
Andrew Lindsay ... catering manager
Suzanne Lore ... production coordinator: Russia/Portugal
Cristina Mascarenhas ... accountant: Lisbon
Sasha Maslansky ... production assistant: Vancouver
Anna Mazo ... production assistant: Moscow/Leningrad
Natasha Mikheyeva ... interpreter: production office, Moscow/Leningrad
Tim Monich ... dialect coach: Ms. Pfeiffer
Alexi Nebrutov ... interpreter: Mr. Schepisi, Moscow/Leningrad
Gary Nixon ... assistant accountant
Inga Pagava ... interpreter: Ms. Pfeiffer, Moscow/Leningrad
Nick Page ... caterer: Coma Onde Quiser, Lisbon
Rex Paynter ... catering assistant
Inessa Sanovich ... production assistant: Moscow/Leningrad
George Schembri ... chef
Ashley Schepisi ... assistant: Mr. Schepisi
Alex Stitt ... title designer
Robert Threadgold ... post-production accountant
Tana Tocher ... caterer: Reel Appetites, Vancouver (as Tana J. Tocher)
Aleksandr Vasilkov ... accountant: Moscow/Leningrad (as Alexander Vasilkov)
Rebecca West ... publicity assistant
John Whelan ... catering assistant
Christine Wilson ... script supervisor
José Abreu ... stand-in (uncredited)
Jim Jaffe ... product placement (uncredited)
Joe Straw ... production accountant (uncredited)

Thanks

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Mariya Chugunova ... special thanks (as Marsha Chuganova)
Raisa Fomina ... special thanks
Elem Klimov ... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

Plot Keywords
Taglines A Spy Story . . . A Love Story . . . A Story to Cross all Boundaries. See more »
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Also Known As
  • John le Carré's The Russia House (United States)
  • John le Carré's The Russia House (World-wide, English title)
  • La maison Russie (France)
  • Das Russland-Haus (Germany)
  • La casa Rusia (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 123 min
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Box Office

Budget $21,800,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $4,435,650, 25 Dec 1990

Did You Know?

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Trivia This movie was the first major film production from the West to be filmed substantially in the Soviet Union, with full permission from the Russian Government. This movie was filmed on location in Russia, in both Moscow and St. Petersburg. The beginning and final scenes were filmed in Lisbon, Portugal. See more »
Goofs During Blair's "start the avalanche" speech, Dante is seen at the end of the table. As the camera pans around the table during the speech, Dante disappears from the end of the table, and then reappears. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Godfather Part III/Kindergarten Cop/The Bonfire of the Vanities/The Russia House (1990). See more »
Soundtracks What Is This Thing Called Love? See more »
Quotes Bartholomew "Barley" Scott Blair: I love you. All my failings were preparation for me to you. It's like nothing I have ever known: it's unselfish love, grown up love. You know it is. It's mature, absolute, thrilling love.
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