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Bullet to Beijing (1995)

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A retired British spy is called back into service by his government to help prevent North Korea from getting its hands on a deadly virus called "The Red Death".

Director:

George Mihalka

Writers:

Harry Alan Towers (screenplay) (as Peter Welbeck), Len Deighton (characters)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anatoly Kulbitsky Anatoly Kulbitsky ... Prof. Kulbitsky
Shaughan Seymour Shaughan Seymour ... Carruthers
Michael Caine ... Harry Palmer
Corinna Richards Corinna Richards ... Policewoman
Tamara Timofeeva ... Elderly Woman
Jason Connery ... Nick
Anatoliy Shvederskiy ... Doctor (as Anatoly Shvedersky)
Helena Michell Helena Michell ... Henrietta
Juliette Benson Juliette Benson ... Juliette
Patrick Allen ... Col. Wilson
Sue Lloyd ... Jean
Annika Bullus Annika Bullus ... Girl in Savoy Bar
Chris Tulloch Chris Tulloch ... Attendant
Mia Sara ... Natasha
Michael Gambon ... Alex
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Storyline

When long-time British Agent Harry Palmer loses his job because the Cold War is over, he's promptly approached by a Russian bossman, Alex. In St. Petersburg, Alex tells Harry of his plan for Russia's future, which is threatened because a deadly biochemical weapon called the "Red Death" has been stolen from him. He'll pay Harry handsomely to retrieve it. An ex-spy friend tips Harry off that it's being sent to Beijing by train, aboard which we begin to learn whose side everyone's really on.

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The Ipcress File's Harry Palmer is back.... and the Cold War is heating up again! See more »

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Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, nudity and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | Russia | Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 1997 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Len Deighton's Bullet to Beijing See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Astralcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The Walt Disney Company planned to release this movie worldwide. But it was decided against because the company felt that the successes of GoldenEye (1995) and Mission: Impossible (1996) would undermine this movie's box-office chances. It did get a limited release in Montreal, Canada. See more »

Goofs

Harry's Aeroflot ticket from London to St. Petersburg would have been paid for in pounds, but shows a price conversion from pounds (GBP) to Canadian dollars (CAD). See more »

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[Toasting his host at the strip club]
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Alternate Versions

The version that aired on The Movie Channel in 1997 was cut from 122 to 101 minutes. Among the scenes cut was Sue Lloyd's onscreen appearance. This version was released on VHS and DVD. In 2001, the full version was released on DVD as a "special edition". See more »

Connections

Followed by Midnight in Saint Petersburg (1996) See more »

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Go West
Written by Henri Belolo, Jacques Morali and Victor Willis
Performed by The Village People
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BULLET TO BEIJING amusing return of Harry Palmer
20 September 1999 | by pasta-6See all my reviews

After 30 years Harry Palmer ( Michael Caine) returns a bit older but still amused and amusing. There are at least two versions of this film. In the one I own, Sue Lloyd makes a brief appearance as Harry's old girl friend Jean, now a blonde, sexy widow. They have a suggested sex scene. This was worth some of the lapses in the films storyline. However, I though Caine, Connery and Michael Gambon were all first rate and the running gags about redundant, over-the-hill secret agents worked for me.The locale of St Petersburg is fresh and the complications of plot ( who is one whose side), falling off the train, the problems of the decaying yet free market Soviet Union, etc. are interesting. I like BULLET and have actually watched it twice in 2 weeks. Too bad its sequel was a bit redundant itself.


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