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The Russia House Details


"Barley" Scott Blair (Sean Connery) is an alcoholic book editor from a bargain-basement publishing house in Great Britain who'd rather be drinking in Lisbon than attending a book dealers' show in Russia. So he's surprised when a CIA agent (Mac McDonald) pulls him from his boozy holiday. It seems that the CIA has through a book show intermediary received a package from a Russian book editor named Katya (Michelle Pfeiffer) containing amazingly detailed notebooks written by a cynical Russian physicist named "Dante" (Klaus-Maria Brandauer). The notebooks show that Russia's nuclear threat is a joke: Russian rockets "suck instead of blow...and can't hit Nevada on a clear day," in the acerbic words of CIA Agent Russell Sheridan (Roy Scheider). But why is Dante sending the notebooks to Blair? How shall the Western world respond to what could be the end of the nuclear arms race? Blair gets drafted by a British Secret Service agent (James Fox) to go to the new Russia to meet Katya. He must see whether the new Russia is still immersed in the old Cold War and whether the notebooks are genuine or another deadly chapter in the war of the spies. ~ Nick Sambides, Jr., Rovi

  • Release date:December 19, 1990


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Michelle Pfeiffer Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1990 Nominee
Berlin International Film Festival Fred Schepisi In Competition 1991 Nominee


Sean Connery
as Barley Blair
Michelle Pfeiffer
as Katya
Roy Scheider
as Russell
James Fox
as Ned
Klaus Maria Brandauer
as Dante
John Mahoney
as Brady
Michael Kitchen
as Clive
Ken Russell
as Walter
J.T. Walsh
as Quinn
David Threlfall
as Wicklow
Colin Stinton
as Henziger
Jason Salkey
as Johnny
Raisa Ryazanova
as Russian Guest
Mark LaMura
as Todd
Nikolai Nikitin
as Leningrad Police Officer
Mac McDonald
as Bob
Rob Freeman
as Hoover
Ian McNeice
as Merrydew
Sergei Reusenko
as KGB Man
Nikolai Pastukhov
as Uncle Matvey
Peter Mariner
as US Scientist
Constantine Gregory
as KGB Interviewer
Fyodor Smirnov
as Watcher
David Henry
as Minister, Whitehall
Martin Clunes
as Brock
Ellen Hurst
as Anna
Daniel Wozniak
as Zapadny
Elena Stroyeva
as Anastasia
Michael Fitzpatrick
as Hoover
Denys Hawthorne
as Paddy
Gina Nikiforov
as Russian Guest
Jay Benedict
as Spikey
Eric Anzumonyin
as Nasayan
Craig Crosbie
as Technician
Tuck Milligan
as Stanley
David Ryall
as Colonial Type
Christopher Lawford
as Larry
Charlotte Cornwell
as Charlotte
Sasha Yatsko
as Russian Writer
Jack Raymond
as Lev
Nicholas Woodeson
as Niki Landau
Alexei Jawdokimov
as Arkady
Paul Rattee
as Whitehall - Army Officer
Georgi Andzhaparidze
as Yuri
Keith Edwards
as Hoover
Yegueshe Tsturvan
as Flute Player
Gennady Venov
as Katya's Father
George Roth
as Cy
David Timson
as George
Martin Wenner
as Whitehall - Scientist
Vladimir Sidirov
as Leningrad Police Officer
Blu Mankuma
as Merv
Vladimir Zunetov
as Dan
Peter Knupffer
as Sergey
Kate Lock
as Jacky
Margot Pinvidic
as Woman Interpreter
Vladek Nikiforov
as Tout
Simon Templeman
as Whitehall - Psychoanalyst
Pavel Sirotin
as Watcher


Fred Schepisi
Tom Stoppard
John Le Carré
Book Author
John Le Carré
Ian Baker
Jerry Goldsmith
Composer (Music Score)
Peter Honess
Fred Schepisi
Paul Maslansky
Simon Wakefield
Set Designer
Ruth Myers
Costume Designer
Mary Selway