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.
 
IMDB:
6.1
Rotten Tomatoes:
75%
R
Year:
1990
123 min
82 Views

- Mr Blair, sir?

My name's Ned.

I'm about to move the goal posts.

There's no urgent message. There's no

crisis in your affairs - beyond the usual.

I'm from British lntelligence.

Come and meet the others.

This is Clive. This is Walter.

Over here is Bob, who is almost family.

Meet Barley, everyone.

- Hello, Barley!

- Proud to know you, Barley.

I'm the odd man out here. I work

for the Central lntelligence Agency,

which, as you probably know, is based

in Langley in the state of Virginia.

Let's have some fun. Let's do some good.

Now isn't that jolly?

So, where are we all off to?

Nicaragua? Chile? lran?

Or are we just assassinating

some local nuisance?

Don't rant. Sit down.

Perhaps you can tell us

what this letter's all about.

- Recognise the handwriting?

- Read it slowly.

Take all the time in the world, Barley.

She's barmy.

Who is she?

Yekaterina Orlova. Katya?

- Never heard of her.

- The patronymic's Borisovna.

Katya Borisovna Orlova.

Have a think, Barley.

I don't know a Katya. Never screwed one,

never flirted with one, never proposed

to one, never even married one.

What is she, the usual fat-arsed frump?

So, she wrote you a letter

signed ''Your loving K'',

- and you tell me you don't know her?

- I told you. I never met the hag.

She's off her tree.

She wasn't even there.

- Where?

- At Peredelkino.

It's a Soviet writers' village.

They value their writers. The ones

who behave get their own dachas.

I was lucky enough to be a guest.

When was this?

Three or four months ago.

One of my trips.

But there wasn't any Katya.

- What happened?

- I was brilliant.

- Yes?

- Oh, yes.

How to save the world between

lunch and dinner. I was flying.

I believe in the new Russia.

You may not, but I do.

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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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