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Cold War spy Greville Wynne and his Russian source try to put an end to the Cuban Missile Crisis.


Dominic Cooke


Tom O'Connor
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vladimir Chuprikov Vladimir Chuprikov ... Nikita Khrushchev
Merab Ninidze ... Oleg Penkovsky
James Schofield ... Cox
Fred Haig Fred Haig ... Lee
Emma Penzina Emma Penzina ... Nina
Mariya Mironova Mariya Mironova ... Vera (as Maria Mironova)
Rachel Brosnahan ... Emily Donovan
Anton Lesser ... Bertrand
Angus Wright ... Dickie Franks
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Greville Wynne
David Bark-Jones David Bark-Jones ... Golf Exec (as David Bark Jones)
Miles Richardson ... Golf Exec
Keir Hills ... Andrew Wynne
Jessie Buckley ... Sheila
Zeljko Ivanek ... CIA Boss


In the shadow of the Cold War a letter from Oleg Penkovsky (Merab Ninidze) an agency of the Soviet Union received by M16 stating the concern of Penkovsky about world safety and his anxiety about a nuclear war, So Emily Donovan (Rachel Brosnahan) a CIA Agent reached out to MI6 Agent Dickie Franks (Angus Wright) , who recruited British salesman Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) to be their spy. Written by Saif Alaa

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Rated PG-13 for violence, partial nudity, brief strong language, and smoking throughout | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Early in the film, characters mention a CIA's failure with a spy named Popov. They are talking about Pyotr Semyonovich Popov, a Soviet Military Intelligence (GRU) who operated with the CIA during World War II and later became a double agent while stationed in Vienna. Popov provided some valuable counter intelligence information, warning the CIA on the Soviet infiltration on the U-2 spy plane project. Eventually, the Soviet authorities suspected and dismissed him from the GRU in 1958, finally arresting Popov in 1959. By the time the movie begins, on August 1960, Popov had been executed on January the same year. Interestingly, a Serbian spy with the same name, Dusko Popov, served as a double agent for MI6 during World War II, and is believed to have inspired the character of James Bond. See more »


In a panoramic shot of Moscow, Wynne walks along the embankment opposite the building of the Ministry of Defense. Although it was built in 1951, a late 2014 annex with two-headed eagles on the friezes is visible. In Soviet times, two-headed eagles were a symbol of czarism and under no circumstances could they appear on an official building in the center of Moscow. See more »


Greville Wynne: [looking at a small device] What does this do? Shoot poison darts?
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References Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962) See more »


Swan Lake Op.20 Act IV No. 29 Finale
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
adapted and arranged by James Morgan and Juliette Pochin
Published by Faber Music
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On the verge of World War III
15 March 2021 | by boyar-jediSee all my reviews

Even if you know the history superficially, you certainly couldn't help but hear about the "Cuban Missile Crisis" that took place nearby Cuba in the early 60s of the 20th century. Then the USSR and the USA almost started a new global war, however everything worked out eventually. Now we will find who we've to be thankful for resolving the conflict and making the sky above our heads calm again.

The protagonist of the film is British businessman Greville Wynne who is involved in financial affairs around the world. Thanks to his charisma and a silver tongue Wynn finds friends everywhere and now he is recruited by the British special services so that upon arrival in Moscow he would get in touch with a local defector and transmit important information to London.

I've watched lots of spy films, but this one's gone deep into my soul. To start with, I really appreciated the stylization, as if the film was actually filmed in the 60s. Besides, I can't fail to mention the actors, Benedict Cumberbatch is beyond comparison, he actually doesn't know how to play badly. I also loved Merab Ninidze as a Russian agent who decided to help England and the United States in the battle against the USSR.

So the film is really remarkable, it is a great pleasure to watch it. The tension won't let you go until the very end, and I can highly recommend it to you.

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19 March 2021 (USA) See more »

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Prague, Czech Republic See more »


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$1,885,829, 21 March 2021

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