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"Barley" Scott Blair ([[Performer~P10646~Sean Connery~seanconnery]]) 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 ([[Performer~P47278~Mac McDonald~macmcdonald]]) 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 ([[Performer~P56469~Michelle Pfeiffer~michellepfeiffer]]) containing amazingly detailed notebooks written by a cynical Russian physicist named "Dante" ([[Performer~P82796~Klaus-Maria Brandauer~klausmariabrandauer]]). 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 ([[Performer~P63580~Roy Scheider~royscheider]]). 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 ([[Performer~P90268~James Fox~jamesfox]]) 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

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
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

Cast

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

Crew

Fred Schepisi
Director
John Le Carré
Book Author
John Le Carré
Screenwriter
Tom Stoppard
Screenwriter
Ian Baker
Cinematographer
Jerry Goldsmith
Composer (Music Score)
Peter Honess
Editor
Paul Maslansky
Co-producer
Fred Schepisi
Co-producer
Simon Wakefield
Set Designer
Ruth Myers
Costume Designer
Mary Selway
Casting
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