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Kremlin Letter (The)

USA, English, 120 mins

  • Director: John Huston
  • Writer: Noel Behn; Gladys Hill
  • Producer: Carter DeHaven; Sam Wiesenthal

CGiii Comment

With a completely bizarre use of language: a couple of sentences in Russian and then into American English, Huston makes a complete mess of a mess.

By throwing in all the elements of controversy: the odd lesbian, drag queens, a gay man here and there, drugs, a male prostitute et al. He manages to achieve no tension in a tangle of stilted acting.

Richard Boone's performance is, frankly, embarrassing.

Nothing but immemorable.


The(ir) Blurb...

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.

Cast & Characters

Bibi Andersson as Erika Kosnov;
Richard Boone as Ward;
Nigel Green as The Whore;
Dean Jagger as Highwayman;
Lila Kedrova as Madam Sophie;
Micheal MacLiammoir as Sweet Alice;
Patrick O'Neal as Charles Rone;
Barbara Parkins as B.A.;
Ronald Radd as Captain Potkin;
George Sanders as Warlock;
Raf Vallone as Puppet Maker;
Max von Sydow as Colonel Kosnov;
Orson Welles as Bresnavitch;
Sandor Eles as Lt. Grodin;
Niall MacGinnis as Erector Set

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