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The Russia House

5.8
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Original title
The Russia House
Year
Running time
123 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Tom Stoppard (Novel: John Le Carré)
Music
Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography
Ian Baker
Cast
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Producer
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Genre
Mystery | Spy Film. Cold War
Movie Groups
John le Carré Adaptations
New
Synopsis / Plot
"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.
Awards
1990: Golden Globes: Nominated Best Actress Drama (Michelle Pfeiffer)
1991: Berlin Film Festival: Official Selection
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