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Letter to Brezhnev (1985)

Two Soviet sailors, Peter and Sergei, go ashore in Liverpool to spend one night on the town. Peter can speak a minimal amount of English but it's enough to make contact with two ... See full summary »

Director:

Chris Bernard

Writer:

Frank Clarke
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alfred Molina ... Sergei
Peter Firth ... Peter
Tracy Marshak-Nash Tracy Marshak-Nash ... Tracy (as Tracy Lea)
Alexandra Pigg ... Elaine
Margi Clarke ... Teresa
Susan Dempsey Susan Dempsey ... Girl in Pub
Ted Wood Ted Wood ... Mick
Carl Chase Carl Chase ... Taxi Driver
Sharon Power Sharon Power ... Charlie's Girl
Robbie Dee Robbie Dee ... Charlie
Eddie Ross Eddie Ross ... Rayner
Syd Newman Syd Newman ... Dmitri
Gerry White Gerry White ... 1st Doorman
Pat Riley Pat Riley ... 2nd Doorman
Wendy Votel Wendy Votel ... 1st Girl on Bus
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Storyline

Two Soviet sailors, Peter and Sergei, go ashore in Liverpool to spend one night on the town. Peter can speak a minimal amount of English but it's enough to make contact with two Liverpudlian natives, Elaine and Theresa. Elaine and Peter immediately fall in love with each other, but the night is short and they must leave with the ship. Elaine can't forget him and writes a letter to Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev, asking him to make it possible for them to reunite. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bons baisers de Liverpool See more »

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Budget:

GBP400,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Was produced on a very tight budget (£ 300,000) with cast and crew working under an agreement of deferred payment. See more »

Goofs

Elaine says the British embassy did nothing to help her. It is highly unlikely that that she as a British citizen in Britain would have contacted any British embassy, all of which would, by definition, be in other countries. She would have contacted the Foreign Office, which is the authority dealing with foreign affairs and international matters in Britain. The casual viewer might easily confuse the two, but Elaine, who has recently dealt with them, would not make this mistake. See more »

Quotes

Elaine: How long are you in Liverpool for?
Peter: Ah, for just one day. Tomorrow - to Scotland, and after, home. To Soviet Union.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits roll to the background of a painted Moscow city landscape. See more »

Connections

References Doctor Zhivago (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Hit That Perfect Beat
Written by Steve Bronski, John Foster, Larry Steinbachek
Performed by Bronski Beat
(uncredited)
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Simply a beautiful love story
18 June 2007 | by rocknrelicsSee all my reviews

I first saw this film when it came out and just fell in love with it. I cannot say why either, it just has a magical quality that draws you in. The setting obviously helps, Liverpool is a beautiful city, architecturally and spiritually and you get lavish helpings of both. The performances from the four lead actors are flawless to me, just the right balance of comedy and pathos, with special mention to Margi Clarke, whose brassy exterior hides a tenderness which she allows to shine through every so often.(As an aside I saw her do stand up once at Band on the Wall in Manchester, and boy was she rude!) I've seen comments on the boards saying people enjoyed it when it first came out, but now find it a bit ridiculous, and I can only totally disagree with them. I still watch this film at least a couple of times a year and never tire of it. If you haven't seen this gem, I can only suggest you get the DVD as soon as possible, and enjoy a film that exudes true human warmth.


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