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The Kremlin Letter (1970)

During the Cold War a Naval Intelligence officer endowed with a powerful photographic memory is transferred to the CIA to participate in a covert operation in Moscow.

Director:

John Huston

Writers:

Noel Behn (novel), John Huston (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bibi Andersson ... Erika Kosnov
Richard Boone ... Ward
Nigel Green ... The Whore
Dean Jagger ... Highwayman
Lila Kedrova ... Madam Sophie
Micheál MacLiammóir ... Sweet Alice
Patrick O'Neal ... Charles Rone
Barbara Parkins ... B.A.
Ronald Radd ... Captain Potkin
George Sanders ... Warlock
Raf Vallone ... Puppet Maker
Max von Sydow ... Colonel Kosnov
Orson Welles ... Bresnavitch
Sandor Elès ... Lt. Grodin (as Sandor Eles)
Niall MacGinnis ... Erector Set
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Storyline

A network of older spies from the West recruits a young intelligence officer with a photographic memory to accompany them on a mission inside Russia. They must recover a letter written by the CIA that promises American assistance to Russia if China gets the atomic bomb. Written by <eteam@sunsent.com>

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Don't trust anyone in THE KREMLIN LETTER See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian | French

Release Date:

1 February 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brevet til Kreml See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,095,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Brandon Brady worked five days. See more »

Goofs

The icebreaker drops them off in the frozen Kara Sea. Later Colonel Kosnov says, "Goddamn fools! Trying to come in through Vorkuta." Vorkuta is over 100 miles inland from the Kara Sea. See more »

Quotes

Warlock: [while knitting... ] Rudolph says he's in love with me. He claims that I'm the only one he's been in love with since Polakov, and talking about their affair makes him weep. He wants me to leave the professor and move in with him. I told him it wouldn't be wise to break off so suddenly but that I would find a way soon. I'm knitting these bed socks for him.
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Referenced in The Dark Side of Porn: Debbie Does Dallas Uncovered (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Sobre las olas (Over the Waves)
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Music by Juventino Rosas
Played during the Central Park Zoo scene
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Very complicated and a deadly bore
17 April 2003 | by som1950See all my reviews

John Huston made many great movies, but I think that he failed more often than he succeeded ("Annie" is the worst, but Huston also killed "Red Badge of Courage" and "Moby Dick" on the screen). "The Kremlin Letter" has a cast of Bergman stars (Bibbi Andersson and Max von Sydow) and an international cast of actors who were good elsewhere (Lila Kedrova is the biggest disappointment to me, but she is joined by Dean Jagger, Ralf Vallone, Orson Welles, et al.) but drained of emotion here or given no character with which to work. Patrick O'Neal lacked the charisma to carry a movie or to make the audience care what happened to him. Richard Boone makes an impression as the bullying mentor, and George Sanders amidst stereotypical homosexual circles, and von Sydow was a master of coldness, but everyone else seems stranded (as in lacking direction!)

The movie has a very complicated plot (or set of plots), an international cast, some kinky sex, lots of brutality, drugs (but no rock'n roll), no visual merits and exceptionally poorly recorded sound for what must have been a big-budget production in the heyday of Cold War spy films. "Beat the Devil" and "The List of Adrian Messenger" are more entertaining Huston movies of international intrigue, but better still are Huston's films of intranational intrigue such as "The Maltese Falcon" and "The Asphalt Jungle."


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