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Need to Know/Red Snow 

In NEED TO KNOW, government investigator Edward Sayers visits a small rural community where insanity is spreading among the residents. In RED SNOW, Russian KGB Colonel Ulyanov goes to a ... See full summary »

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Rod Serling (created by), Mary Sheldon (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
William Petersen ... Edward Sayers (segment "Need to Know") (as William L. Petersen)
Robin Gammell ... Jeffrey Potts (segment "Need to Know")
Frances McDormand ... Amanda Strickland (segment "Need to Know")
Harold Ayer ... Mr. Strickland (segment "Need to Know")
Eldon Quick ... Dr. Benitz (segment "Need to Know")
Ellen Albertini Dow ... Mrs. Hotchkiss (segment "Need to Know")
Shay Garner Shay Garner ... Dr. Fall (segment "Need to Know")
Ray Ballard Ray Ballard ... Jeck Henries (segment "Need to Know")
Clarence Brown Clarence Brown ... Wiley Whitlow (segment "Need to Know")
George Dzundza ... Col. Ulyanov (segment "Red Snow")
Barry Miller ... Ivan Povin (segment "Red Snow")
Vladimir Skomarovsky ... Mayor Titov (segment "Red Snow")
Victoria Tennant ... Valentina Orlova (segment "Red Snow")
Rod Colbin Rod Colbin ... Minister (segment "Red Snow")
Andrew Divoff ... Vladimir (segment "Red Snow")
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In NEED TO KNOW, government investigator Edward Sayers visits a small rural community where insanity is spreading among the residents. In RED SNOW, Russian KGB Colonel Ulyanov goes to a Siberian labor camp to investigate violent deaths of Communist party officials. Written by Anonymous

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English

Release Date:

21 March 1986 (UK) See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Siberian vampire story
15 May 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

NEED TO KNOW is an entirely trivial story that features a central performance from MANHUNTER (and later, CSI) star William Peterson. He plays an investigator who visits a small town to uncover the truth about a plague that's been spreading there. What he discovers has the power to induce madness, and it's very much on a 'need to know' basis. This story is based around a twist and it's very slight and insubstantial.

RED SNOW is an odd and slight little story that never really gets going despite the intriguing nature of the storyline. In it, a KGB agent is sent to a remote town in Siberia to investigate a string of mysterious disappearances. He soon discovers that vampires, no less, are responsible. The snowbound vampire theme made me think of 30 DAYS OF NIGHT although this is a much, much tamer production.

The most interesting thing about this story is the unusual setting and the mystery aspect of the first half of the segment that helps to propel the narrative. RED SNOW also features a rare leading role for character actor George Dzundza, who masters his Russian accent and has fun with the part. The episode isn't perfect but I did find it perfectly acceptable for this TV show.


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