The Russia House

Synopsis: Three notebooks supposedly containing Russian military secrets are handed to a British publisher during a Russian book conference. The British secret service are naturally keen to learn if these notebooks are the genuine article. To this end, they enlist the help of the scruffy British publisher Barley Blair, who has plenty of experience with Russia and Russians. Barley, an unconventional character who doesn't respond well to authority, finds himself in a game more complex than he first thought when he digs into the origin of the notebooks.
Director(s): Fred Schepisi
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
123 min

It has psychological interest, Minister,

in so far as the writer sounds...

Absolutely barking.

- Would you say?

- It's not a medical term, sir.

Unstable, perhaps.

- As for notebooks two and three?

- Genuine science.

Written by someone in the business.

No question.

The business?

Destruction paths, payloads, aim points,

bias, rate of burn, trajectories, telemetry.

Of course, it doesn't necessarily

describe the true state of affairs.

What the hell does it purport to describe?

In a nutshell, the Soviet's strategic

capability for waging nuclear war.

And addressed to boozy Barley Blair.

Well, if it's strategic, we can't

evaluate it without the Americans.

So it's their baby, not ours.

- Throw Scott Blair to the Americans.

- Unfortunately, we haven't found him yet.

Eureka! We've got him.

A Lisbon bank account, my dears!

- We've got him.

- Lisbon.

- Why did you run away?

- Run away? I own a flat here.

(American accent) Why Lisbon, Barley?

(mimics accent) Why Langley, Bob?

You brought a woman?

What's it to you if I brought a woman,

a man or a fuckin' Muscovy duck?

What do you do with yourself

in Lisbon, Barley?

Well, I was having a drink.

Until I was interrupted.

- Mr Blair?

- Eh?

I believe I'm addressing Mr Bartholomew

Scott Blair. Yes? Correct?

- Yes.

- I'm Merrydew. I'm from the embassy.

We received a rather urgent

message for you over our link.

Are you trying to tell me

someone's dead, old boy?

No. That would be consular.

I'm commercial.

Well, I never knew an honest debt

that couldn't wait till Monday.

Loosen your girdle, Merrydew.

Have a drink with the unwashed.

I say, Blair, the man's the Queen's

emissary, for Christ's sake.

Have they moved the embassy, or are you

hijacking me? What's going on, tubby?

- I'm commercial. Strictly commercial.

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Tom Stoppard

Sir Tom Stoppard OM CBE FRSL (born Tomáš Straussler; 3 July 1937) is a British playwright and screenwriter, knighted in 1997. He has written prolifically for TV, radio, film and stage, finding prominence with plays such as Arcadia, The Coast of Utopia, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, Professional Foul, The Real Thing, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. He co-wrote the screenplays for Brazil, The Russia House, and Shakespeare in Love, and has received one Academy Award and four Tony Awards. Themes of human rights, censorship and political freedom pervade his work along with exploration of linguistics and philosophy. Stoppard has been a key playwright of the National Theatre and is one of the most internationally performed dramatists of his generation. more…

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