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

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Dominic Cooke

Writer:

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
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Storyline

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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Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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, another 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 »

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During his first meeting with the Western agents, Col. Penkovsky pulls a Soviet document out of a briefcase he didn't bring to the meeting. See more »

Quotes

Oleg Penkovsky: I'm sorry it has to be you. But Greville, it has to be you.
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Connections

References The Hunt for Red October (1990) See more »

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Talk of the Devil
Written and Performed by Anna Morgan, James Morgan and Juliette Pochin
Published by Faber Music
Licensed courtesy of Morgan Pochin Music Productions
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A reasonably well made, paint-by-numbers, cold-war espionage flick...
17 April 2021 | by tccandlerSee all my reviews

A reasonably well made, paint-by-numbers, cold-war espionage flick with a solid cast. There are no real complaints about this true story, but it all feels a tad stale and has the look of something we have all seen before. It is professionally presented, but slightly forgettable.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

19 March 2021 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ironbark See more »

Filming Locations:

Prague, Czech Republic See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,885,829, 21 March 2021

Gross USA:

$5,525,906

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,348,218
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2.39:1
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