The Russia House (1990)




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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.
R (adult situations/language)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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MGM Home Entertainment

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Sean Connery
as Barley Blair
Roy Scheider
as Russell
J.T. Walsh
as Quinn
Ken Russell
as Walter
Nicholas Woodeson
as Niki Landau
Ian McNeice
as Merrydew
Colin Stinton
as Henziger
Peter Mariner
as US Scientist
Nikolai Pastukhov
as Uncle Matvey
Jason Salkey
as Johnny
Daniel Wozniak
as Zapadny
Tuck Milligan
as Stanley
Jay Benedict
as Spikey
David Timson
as George
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
Fyodor Smirnov
as Watcher
Pavel Sirotin
as Watcher
Gina Nikiforov
as Russian Guest
Raisa Ryazanova
as Russian Guest
Keith Edwards
as Hoover
Bob Freeman
as Hoover
Nikolai Nikitin
as Leningrad Police Officer
Rob Freeman
as Hoover
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Critic Reviews for The Russia House

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3)

Connery and Pfeiffer are excellent, but much of the film's pleasure comes from watching consummate pros filling out the roles of various bureaucrats, among them James Fox, Roy Scheider and director Ken Russell (looking like Bernie Sanders with bedhead).

Full Review… | July 30, 2016
Creative Loafing

Smart and glossy, but it has too many sluggish moments to maintain its few high points.

Full Review… | September 2, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Generally effective spy thriller with interesting cast

July 30, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Sean Connery gives one of the best performances of his long career.

Full Review… | January 10, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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March 24, 2007

Audience Reviews for The Russia House

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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


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 Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

Uneven yet taut thriller as a Brit publisher/ bon vivant gets drawn into the spy game with, duh, a beautiful woman. Connery and Pfeiffer manage to sell this with the able assistance of a first rate supporting cast. Mucho Russian scenery makes for a interesting mini-vacation overseas.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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