The Kremlin Letter (1970)


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When American agents in Moscow try to recover a stolen letter implicating America in an anti-Red China plot, they discover a hornet's nest of treason, double agents, murder, and betrayal. The plot has as many switchbacks as a formula-one racetrack.

Rating: PG
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Gladys Hill, John Huston
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as Bresnavitch

as Janis, the `Whore'

as Highwayman

as Mme. Sophie

as Lt. Cmdr. Charles Ro...

as Warlock

as Puppet Maker

as Erector Set

as Professor

as Admiral

as Negress

as Priest

as Police Doctor

as Mrs. Potkin

as Receptionist

as Dittomachine

as Mikhail's Mother

as Mrs. Grodin
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Critic Reviews for The Kremlin Letter

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | July 22, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

A tedious effort by director and writer John Huston.

Full Review… | April 26, 2002
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for The Kremlin Letter


In "The Kremlin Letter," KGB Colonel Kosnov(Max von Sydow) has arrested an agent who was selling secrets back to the Americans. To make matters worse, he was in possession of a letter when he committed suicide that was pretty much a declaration of war on China. So, The Highwayman(Dean Jagger) assigns Ward(Richard Boone) to recruit Charles Rome(Patrick O'Neal) into their private little agency. He in turn is tasked with getting the bang back together that includes The Whore(Nigel Green) and Warlock(George Sanders). But The Erector Set(Niall MacGinnis) is unable to go to due to his arthritis, so his daughter B.A.(Barbara Parkins) takes his place as safecracker. And if that does not work out, then she could always try out for a fetish magazine...

To be fair, "The Kremlin Letter" is certainly a product of its time, not only in its Cold War intrigue but also in its changing social mores and generation gap, expressed in the underground scenes in both Moscow and New York that include positive portrayals of both gay men and women.(You have not lived until you have seen George Sanders in drag.) What separates this movie from the pack is not only Richard Boone hitting all the right notes and a heck of a kicker but also in its refreshingly cynical attitude towards espionage. The only difference between the Soviets and the Americans here is that the Soviets torture and the American agents perversely resort to blackmailing, pimping and drug dealing. That allows for the movie to deftly subvert expectations with Rome being the closest to a traditional hero on hand.

Walter M.

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