The Kremlin Letter

Synopsis: A network of older spies from the West recruits a young intelligence officer with a photographic memory to accompany them on a mission inside Russia. They must recover a letter written by the CIA that promises American assistance to Russia if China gets the atomic bomb.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): John Huston
Production: Fox
 
IMDB:
6.4
M
Year:
1970
120 min
23 Views

Ah, bonjour, mademoiselle. Bonjour, monsieur.

Une valise? Ah, oul.

Merci. Merci, monsieur.

So, the man in moscow's

agreed to send back the letter.

For one million dollars. Oh?

For that kind of money we're

entitled to know his name.

And then? What further

need would you have of me?

When do you go back to paris?

One week. Ten days.

I see. Well, you have one

week to recover the letter.

Seven days, polakov.

There's your million.

I watched him all the time, colonel

kosnov. I watched him every minute.

Polakov could not have committed suicide.

There was no way.

Then i must assume he is still alive.

How are they, grodin? All right.

The mother and sister? No.

Polakov's wife.

Kill them.

"Lieutenant commander charles e. Rone,

"You are hereby informed as of

1400 hours today, october 10, 1969,

You will no longer be under the

jurisdiction of the department of the navy."

Excuse me, sir? "You are further informed...

"That as of 1400 hours,

today, october 10, 1969,

"Your commission as an officer in the navy

of the united states will be suspended.

"And concurrent with said suspension,

"All rights and benefits accruing to you

in the past or due to you in the future,

"As either an officer in

the naval establishment...

"Or a member of the armed

forces of the united states,

Will forthwith and forever

be revoked and canceled."

Not that it makes a goddamn bit

of difference to you, i suppose.

But- But, sir- I- You will

no longer address me as "sir."

Under what authority have i been separated?

I'm sure your new friends in

washington can explain. What friends?

Your friends in c.I.A. Or c.I.C.

Or o.N.I. How the hell would i know?

I do know that a good many

regular army and navy officers...

Are damn sorry those bastard

organizations ever came into existence.

Why aren't you in civilian clothes?

Only officers in the united states

navy are entitled to wear that uniform.

Once upon a time, legend has

it, some men even died for it.

Dismissed, mr. Rone.

By what authority was my commission revoked?

The very highest authority.

You can have it back though.

But you'll give up a

quarter of a million dollars.

Maybe double, even triple that.

You probably made the wisest choice.

It's safer back in the navy.

All right. When do i begin?

Here. These'll give you some

background on what you're in for.

Tell me how you feel about them.

These are antiques.

The kinds of things that

were used 10, 20 years ago.

Someone called the pepper pot is

dead. He failed an important mission.

Washington and 10 downing

street in an uproar.

They're turning to someone

called the highwayman for help.

He's being given all the money

he wants and complete autonomy.

And someone connected to the

highwayman has died from natural causes.

They're sending in new talent

- A virgin.

That's me. And you're probably sweet alice.

Well, well, well. 100%.

- What agency we with?

- Oh, no government agency.

The job's being farmed out.

Subcontracted to the highwayman.

How sturdevant would have crowed.

- Robert sturdevant?

- That's right.

Do you know him? I knew him.

He was a brutal, sadistic,

conscienceless assassin.

He was also individual spy sans pareil.

- And why would sturdevant be crowing?

- To see them eating humble pie.

- Who's "them"?

- You see, before world war ii,

Intelligence operations were

conducted by independent agents.

They knew one another.

They played ball together.

They traded information.

They even split fees.

But, you see, after the

war, bureaucracy took over.

Where before there had been a dozen agents in

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John Huston

John Marcellus Huston (; August 5, 1906 – August 28, 1987) was an Irish-American film director, screenwriter and actor. Huston was a citizen of the United States by birth but renounced U.S. citizenship to become an Irish citizen and resident. He returned to reside in the United States where he died. He wrote the screenplays for most of the 37 feature films he directed, many of which are today considered classics: The Maltese Falcon (1941), The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), The Asphalt Jungle (1950), The African Queen (1951), The Misfits (1961), Fat City (1972) and The Man Who Would Be King (1975). During his 46-year career, Huston received 15 Oscar nominations, won twice, and directed both his father, Walter Huston, and daughter, Anjelica Huston, to Oscar wins in different films. Huston was known to direct with the vision of an artist, having studied and worked as a fine art painter in Paris in his early years. He continued to explore the visual aspects of his films throughout his career, sketching each scene on paper beforehand, then carefully framing his characters during the shooting. While most directors rely on post-production editing to shape their final work, Huston instead created his films while they were being shot, making them both more economical and cerebral, with little editing needed. Most of Huston's films were adaptations of important novels, often depicting a "heroic quest," as in Moby Dick, or The Red Badge of Courage. In many films, different groups of people, while struggling toward a common goal, would become doomed, forming "destructive alliances," giving the films a dramatic and visual tension. Many of his films involved themes such as religion, meaning, truth, freedom, psychology, colonialism and war. Huston has been referred to as "a titan", "a rebel", and a "renaissance man" in the Hollywood film industry. Author Ian Freer describes him as "cinema's Ernest Hemingway"—a filmmaker who was "never afraid to tackle tough issues head on." more…

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