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

- It is time.

- No, generaI. The children.

Lieutenant, now.


I want him alive.

- Is that clear?

- of course, generaI.

Nicolai Dalchimsky!

You don't need to be afraid.

- we won't hurt you.

- Thank you.

where is Dalchimsky?

My son has gone away.

I don't know where.

- when did he leave?

- will I ever see my son again?

Please tell me. will I ever see him again?


Dalchimsky is not in the building, generaI.

- Search the area.

- Yes, generaI.

- Vladimir.

- They're wasting their time. He's gone.

Probably crossed the border already.

- If that is so, God help us.

- God?

So tell me, what do you think?

Not bad, kid. Not bad at all.


well, I did it all myself.

well, now, you're pulling

a set of 4-11 rear gears.

I tell you that, Dave.

If she was my street rod...

...well, I'd mount myself a set of ladder

traction bars in her, that's for sure.

- Bascom's Auto Repair.

Is this Harry Bascom?

oh, yes, Harry.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep

But I have promises to keep

And miles to go before I sleep

Remember, Nikulin,

miles to go before you sleep.

Remember, Nikulin...

...miles to go before I sleep.

Hey, Harry! where are you going?

Good afternoon, sir. May I see your-?


Bascom was an

infantry corporaI, Korea, '51, '52.

Good-conduct medaI, Silver Star,

honorable discharge, '53.

A bachelor, no living relatives... known association with any radicaI

organizations, registered Republican.


- Sir.

- Uh, hold the thought, Putterman, please.

- we're in the middle of something here.

- It really can't wait.

Let me see. oh, yeah.

coached Little League, church elder...

...member of Kiwanis, American Legion

and NationaI Rifle Association.

Surprised he wasn't

in the state legislature.

I have something I think we ought

to get up to Sovcom right away.

They meet once a week. we can get it-

You know, but why sabotage a base

that's no longer active?

They shipped all that nerve gas

out of there about 10 years ago.

couldn't be sabotage. Not with his record.

It's gotta be something personaI.

Six auto crashes:

one due to faulty brakes...

...two by collision with runaway trucks,

three by tire failure.

Your typicaI assorted plane crashes,

all with multiple-passenger loss.

Two military, one Sovietflot.

A sudden rash of skiing accidents,

one disappearance on an ice floe... drowning in the Black Sea,

one sailing mishap... five simple fataI cardiac arrests,

two terminaI cancers...

...four massive brain hemorrhages.

Twenty-four high-ranking party members

in scattered parts of the USSR...

...all deceased within the past 13 days.

Aside from their demise,

they had one other thing in common.

They were all avowed hard-line Stalinists

all opposed to detente with us.

A purge?

well, the probability factor

of 24 top-brass communists...

...dying almost simultaneously is,

give or take a point or two...

...just under a billion to one.

I'll take this right over to Sovcom.


- Got a curious problem here, sir.

- Yeah?

- Harry Bascom.

- Yeah?

Died of a burst appendix

22 years ago in canton, ohio.

- Harry Bascom?

- Yes, sir.

His mother collected his life insurance

from the VA just a month before she died.

- Putterman.

- Yes, sir.


So, what do you want me to do?

what I want you to do

is just let me the hell alone.

You tell the bank to leave me the hell alone

and I will leave you the hell alone!

All right, answer the damn phone.


Yes, just a minute.

It's for you. Here.

- Yeah.

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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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