The Russia House (1990)

Genres - Drama, Spy Film  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Drama, Unglamorized Spy Film  |   Release Date - Dec 19, 1990 (USA)  |   Run Time - 122 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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"Barley" Scott Blair (Sean Connery) is an alcoholic book editor from a bargain-basement publishing house in Great Britain who'd rather be drinking in Lisbon than attending a book dealers' show in Russia. So he's surprised when a CIA agent (Mac McDonald) pulls him from his boozy holiday. It seems that the CIA has through a book show intermediary received a package from a Russian book editor named Katya (Michelle Pfeiffer) containing amazingly detailed notebooks written by a cynical Russian physicist named "Dante" (Klaus-Maria Brandauer). The notebooks show that Russia's nuclear threat is a joke: Russian rockets "suck instead of blow...and can't hit Nevada on a clear day," in the acerbic words of CIA Agent Russell Sheridan (Roy Scheider). But why is Dante sending the notebooks to Blair? How shall the Western world respond to what could be the end of the nuclear arms race? Blair gets drafted by a British Secret Service agent (James Fox) to go to the new Russia to meet Katya. He must see whether the new Russia is still immersed in the old Cold War and whether the notebooks are genuine or another deadly chapter in the war of the spies.

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Keywords

Cold-War, editor, espionage, nuclear-weapon, publishing-house, Russia, Russian [nationality], Secret-Service, alcoholism

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High Production Values