Codename: Kyril (1989)





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Based on John Trenhaile's A Man Called Kyril, this byzantine-plotted spy melodrama stars Ian Charleson in the title role. Kyril is a supposed Soviet defector who relocates in London. In fact, his defection is a smoke-screen: Kyril has been sent by the KGB to seek out a British mole in Moscow Centre. At four hours, Codename: Kyril affords plenty of breathing space for the various plots and counterplots, but its excess of espionage verbiage may prove confusing to the average viewer. Filmed for British television in locales ranging from Norway to Holland, Codename: Kyril was first telecast in the US on the Showtime cable network on April 27, 1988; a videocassette version running 115 minutes was made available in 1991.
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Edward Woodward
as Michael Royston
James Cosmo
as Bonham
Charles Simon
as Trumper
John McEnery
as Loshkevoi
Peter Vaughan
as Stanov
Hugh Ross
as Detective Fitzgerald
Terence Harvey
as Chairman
Hugh Fraser
as Peter Jackson
Sven-Bertil Taube
as Stolynovitch
Peter Wight
as Evans
David Lyon
as Burrows
Espen Skjønberg
as Michaelov
Antony Carrick
as Head of Staff
Jason White
as KGB Man
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One of the great cold war movies. A tortured, twisted plot ends with several politically meaningless deaths, and lives ruined. Worth it all to see the final two minutes.

Christopher Bergan
Christopher Bergan

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