Synopsis: The KGB is looking for one of their people, a man named Dalchimsky because he has stolen something important but, unfortunately, he manages to get through the border. Later in the U.S. some seemingly ordinary people after receiving a phone call go out and destroy key American military installations. Back in the U.S.S.R. General Strelsky and Colonel Malchenko send for Grigori Borzov, a KGB agent who has been to the U.S. on missions before. They inform him that after the U-2 incident in fear of the possibility that a war with the U.S. will occur; they were part of an operation called TELEFON that involved recruiting young agents and then brainwashing them into believing that they are Americans. They would assume the identity of an American who died a long time ago and who would be their age now. They would be situated in a city that is near or where a key U.S. military installation is located. They were also programmed to destroy upon receiving the command phrase. They have been fortunat
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Don Siegel
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
102 min

Mr. Carl Hassler.

Yeah, that's right. Hassler Air charter.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep

But I have promises to keep

And miles to go before I sleep

Remember, Sobolev.

Miles to go before you sleep.

Remember, Sobolev.

Miles to go before I sleep.

carI, it's just not going to work.

Every man doesn't have

to have his own business.

So you faiI. what's so terrible about that?

You can fly for somebody else.

It's easy for you. You don't have

to avoid all the bill collectors.

You don't have to lie to people

at every store that you go into.

All you have to do is just play sky king

in your stupid old whirly bird!

carI, when you come back, can we talk?


Aircraft approaching Apalachicola NavaI

communication Station, identify.

Aircraft approaching Apalachicola,

check your heading.

You are entering restricted air space.


Aircraft, do you copy? Acknowledge.

Aircraft approaching Apalachicola,

you are entering restricted air space.

Do you copy? Acknowledge.

Aircraft approaching Apalachicola,

turn immediately to heading 270.

You are endangering your aircraft.


He's dropped down to 100 feet.

He's two miles and closing.

- Number 14, sir.

- Hot Pistol. Hot Pistol. At 040, two miles.

Altitude 100 feet.

- Is it a drill?

- This is no drill. Execute Hot PistoI.


can I help you, sir?

Yes. Um...

I would like see how this set compares

with others.

- Please get the news on all the sets.

- Sure.

woMAN [oN TV]:
Over in Apalachicola,

a helicopter crashed and burned...

...near the top-secret

Naval communication center.

The public-information office

at NAS Pensacola...

...has identified the dead pilot

as Carl Hassler...

...owner of Hassler Air Service.

Apparently, Hassler lost control

of the helicopter and was radioing for help.

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Peter Hyams

Peter Hyams (born July 26, 1943) is an American film director, screenwriter and cinematographer, known for directing Capricorn One, the 1981 science fiction thriller Outland, 2010 (the sequel to Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey), the 1986 action/comedy Running Scared, the comic book adaptation Timecop, the action film Sudden Death (both starring Jean-Claude Van Damme), and the horror films The Relic and End of Days. more…

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