The Russia House

1990

The Russia House

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Sean Connery appears as a British publisher who receives a message that if he'll publish a manuscript submitted by a mysterious Russian woman (Michelle Pfeiffer), he may be able to assist Western efforts toward de-militarizing the world. Connery is urged to make contact with the woman to assure its authenticity. When he does so, he becomes a participant in high-stakes international intrigue. This film is adapted from the novel by John Le Carre.

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Cast

Sean Connery
as Barley Blair
Roy Scheider
as Russell
Nicholas Woodeson
as Niki Landau
Ian McNeice
as Merrydew
Colin Stinton
as Henziger
Peter Mariner
as US Scientist
Nikolai Pastukhov
as Uncle Matvey
Elena Stroyeva
as Anastasia
Margot Pinvidic
as Woman Interpreter
David Henry
as Junior Minister
Martin Wenner
as Scientist
Paul Rattee
as Army Officer
Simon Templeman
as Psychoanalyst
Kate Lock
as Jacky
Craig Crosbie
as Technician
Gennady Venov
as Katya's Father
Sasha Yatsko
as Russian Writer
David Ryall
as Colonial Type
Constantin Gregory
as KGB Interviewer
Yegueshe Tsturvan
as Flute Player
Constantine Gregory
as KGB Interviewer
Gina Nikiforov
as Russian Guest
Raisa Ryazanova
as Russian Guest
Nikolai Nikitin
as Leningrad Police Officer
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Critic Reviews for The Russia House

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (3)

Audience Reviews for The Russia House

  • Jul 24, 2016
    The plot is an interesting combination of espionage and romance, and it benefits from a great score and some beautiful locations, but it is just too bad that it is made into such an extremely dull affair in which the romance seems forced and the espionage is tedious to death.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 22, 2014
    Although I liked Connery and Pfeiffer's acting, I found that actually understanding the significance of the notebooks and what happens with them was difficult. I had to watch it more than once to understand it.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Sep 02, 2013
    As one of the last cold war thrillers to actually be made during that era its a fitting finale, pointing out the nonsense of the whole affair and placing individual people and relationships in higher importance than patriotism (I'd expect nothing less from a John le Carre' adaptation). Connery and Pfeiffer are fantastic.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 19, 2012
    Acceptable thriller with perpetually old Sean Connery proposing mature love to Michelle Pfeiffer. Perhaps no chemistry is needed..for there is none. This type of film has been made better before..and since.
    John B Super Reviewer

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