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Midnight in Saint Petersburg (1996)

Former British secret agent Harry Palmer now runs a Private Investigation company in Russia. He gets a job to locate and recover a consignment of stolen plutonium, and with the help of ... See full summary »

Director:

Douglas Jackson (as Doug Jackson)

Writers:

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Harry Palmer
Jason Connery ... Nikolai Petrov
Yuri Limonty Yuri Limonty ... Circus Clown
Tanya Jackson Tanya Jackson ... Tatiana
Michael Scherer ... Mafiosa
Michelle Burke ... Brandy (as Michelle Rene Thomas)
Gabriel Vorobyov Gabriel Vorobyov ... Driver
Michael Sarrazin ... Craig
Lev Prygunov ... Colonel Gradsky (as Lev Prygonuv)
Olga Anokhina ... Greta
Yuriy Petrov Yuriy Petrov ... General Kornikov (as Yuro Petrov)
Anatoli Davydov Anatoli Davydov ... Yuri (as Anatoly Davidov)
Serge Houde ... Dr. Vestry
Ingolf Gorges Ingolf Gorges ... Club Manager
Evgeniy Zharikov ... Feodor (as Yevgeni Ilycy Zharikov)
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Storyline

Former British secret agent Harry Palmer now runs a Private Investigation company in Russia. He gets a job to locate and recover a consignment of stolen plutonium, and with the help of colleague Nikolai Petrov, he sets off to St. Petersburg to try and find it. Along the way, he must deal with the violent Russian Mafia, and also find Nikolai's girlfriend Tatiana, who has been kidnapped. Written by Matt <matt@measham.force9.net>

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No One Can Be Trusted. Nothing Is As It Seems. One Wrong Move Could Cost Everything. See more »

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Thriller

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Country:

UK | Russia | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1998 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Midnight in St. Petersburg See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Production Co:

Lenfilm Studio See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Although this movie is sometimes referred to as "Len Deighton's Midnight in Saint Petersburg," Deighton had no involvement in the production, and this movie was not based on one of his novels. Not only that, but Deighton did not even coin the name "Harry Palmer" (the character in his novels remained unnamed). See more »

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Follows Billion Dollar Brain (1967) See more »

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One outing too many for Harry Palmer
22 May 2010 | by unclecessnaSee all my reviews

Every film series runs it's course eventually. Sometimes it's the audience that gets fatigued and votes with it's wallet by not attending the latest sequel and other times the latest sequel runs out of ideas and falls flat.

Harry Palmers audience did the first in 1968 with the ''Billion Dollar Brain'' - a smart adaption of Deighton's novel which itself was quite outlandish in comparison to the film versions of the ''Ipcress File'' and ''Funeral in Berlin''.

The second time a rejuvenated Harry Palmer series ran out of steam was in this film during which the latter happened.

Come the mid 1990's with dwindling good acting opportunities for Michael Caine and a new appetite for spy thrillers from cinema-goers two more Harry Palmer films were committed to celluloid. The first ''Bullet to Beijing'' was a nice if flawed reunion movie for an older Harry Palmer but it's sequel here ''Midnight in St. Petersburg gets swiftly derailed by a bankrupt script and lower budget.

The problem is that it very much plays like a remake of it's immediate predecessor only with a much smaller scope and budget. It even revolves around a film studio location in it's later stages...

The plot is Harry Palmer has set up a private investigation agency in Russia and he has to search for some stolen Plutonion as well as his assistants ballerina girlfriend who has been abducted. The two story strands come together in the films finale at midnight in St. Petersburg.

Michael Caine is always entertaining as Harry Palmer but he looks bored here. Some of the supporting actors are quite good and some are just plain bad. The dialogue is very poor at times and it's all quite forgettable.

That said if you don't compare it to the other films in the series it is reasonably entertaining overall and there are a few genuinely good scenes in the film. But it was definitely a sequel too many for Harry Palmer I'm sure most would agree.


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