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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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A stolen biological weapon begins a high-stakes game of kill or be killed ! 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Astralcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was shot back-to back with Midnight in Saint Petersburg (1996). See more »

Goofs

During the chase with the Chechens in St. Petersburg, the two cars, Palmer's and the Chechens, are shown rounding a corner. The Chechens' car has a smashed right headlight, then an intact right headlight in the next cut, and finally runs over some trash cans in the following cut, inflicting the damage seen two cuts prior. See more »

Quotes

Harry Palmer: Tell me Nick, have you got a mole on the left cheek of your ass?
Nick: No.
Harry Palmer: Neither have I. We could be related.
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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 »

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References The Ipcress File (1965) See more »

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One of Mr Caine's good ones but not a very good one
3 June 2000 | by wykesSee all my reviews

I was surprised to see this film on the shelf for sale as I'd never heard of it and never knew anyone had tried to resuscitate Michael Caine as Harry Palmer. I came to the conclusion it wasn't going to be very good compared with the original Palmer films and would be like other attempts at revivals i.e. not very good. If you watch this film with this frame of mind you won't be too disappointed. Mr Caine still gets to do his cheeky one liners to those in authority but Harry appears to have grown less subtle in his later years(unlike his new black framed glasses) Certainly not a Harry Palmer film of the old ilk, but could a post Cold War version ever be? Not a bad Michael Caine film which he just does for the money, just one he's done when there are no good scripts on offer!


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