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Directed by: John Huston

Produced: 1970

Countries & Regions: United States

DVD Details

Certificate: 15

Length: 116 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 25 July 2011

Cat No: EKA40335

Extras:
Anamorphic (16:9)
Languages(s): English
Hard of Hearing Subtitles: English
Interactive Menu
Screen ratio 1:2.35

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The Kremlin Letter

Cast: Dean Jagger , Bibi Andersson , Max von Sydow , Orson Welles , Lila Kedrova , Michael MacLiammoir , Niall MacGinnis , Richard Boone , George Sanders , Ronald Radd , Nigel Green , Barbara Parkins , Sandor Eles , Raf Vallone

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John Huston directs this classic spy thriller starring Richard Boone, Orson Welles, Bibi Andersson and Max von Sydow. An undercover espionage agency recruits Charles Ron (Patrick O’Neal), a young intelligence officer with a photographic memory, to assist with a top-secret mission inside Russia. The brief? To recover at whatever cost a letter that a CIA agent has signed in error, pledging America’s support for Russia in the event of a nuclear threat from China.

John Huston never could resist a shaggy dog story and this convoluted Cold War caper is one of his most elaborate. The titular epistle is a top secret document that could start World War Three; Western intelligence thinks the Soviets have it and dispatch a team of ace agents to grab it; once ensconced in Moscow, the spies go to elaborate – and morally dubious – lengths to discover its whereabouts.

Like so much of the Huston's greatest work, this is an uneven film: the plot is labyrinthine and the tone fluctuates wildly, beginning as a mode-ish espionage romp before diving into deeper water. With its emphasis on the darker side of the spy game, it can be seen as a counterweight to the popular fantasies peddled by James Bond: our cheerful heroes are cheerfully unheroic, indulging in blackmail, drug peddling and prostitution.

The Kremlin Letter is not one of Huston's best-known films but it deserves praise for its ambition and cynicism. It's also worth it for the improbable sight of George Sanders in drag.

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