The Russia House


Action / Drama / Romance / Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 73%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 50%
IMDb Rating 6.1 10 12552


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Sean Connery as Barley
Roy Scheider as Russell
John Mahoney as Brady
1.84 GB
23.976 fps
2hr 3 min
P/S 3 / 9

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by atlasmb 8 / 10

Connery And Pfeiffer Deliver Nuanced Performances

Sean Connery, in a wonderfully nuanced performance, plays "Barley", a tousled book publisher who looks like a retired English professor. He is relaxing in Portugal when British and American intelligence officers invade his quiet life, seeking to recruit him for a dangerous mission. They have chosen him because a manuscript by an unknown author has been intercepted, and it is addressed to him. He is a Russophile who visits Russia, now under glasnost, regularly.

The script for "The Russia House" is by Tom Stoppard, adapted from the novel by John le Carre. Shot on location, the film is aided by spectacular scenes of Russia and its beautiful architecture: the Kremlin, Red Square, the subway stations. We come to understand Barley's love of the people, if not the government. Connery--coming from "The Hunt for Red October"--gives us a protagonist easy to relate to.

Michelle Pfeiffer plays Katya, an unassuming single mother who becomes the nexus for the drama. Hot on the heels of "Married to the Mob", "Tequila Sunrise", "Dangerous Liaisons", and "The Fabulous Baker Boys", she gives a Golden Globe nominated performance. Katya becomes the embodiment of Russia's soul for Barley, someone he is compelled to love. Besides, she is luminously beautiful.

The rest of the cast is solid. Deserving special attention are Roy Scheider and Klaus Maria Brandauer, whose performances are exceptionally strong.

Like the cinematography, the music really helps create a mood.

This is a story about nations, about peoples, about individuals, and about how conflicting allegiances force us to make choices that define our view of the world and ourselves.

Reviewed by leplatypus 10 / 10

Smoke and Mirror (vhs)

The LeCarré novel is among the best cold war book ever written because it has everything: a wonderful romance, an acid but true analysis of international relations...

This movie adaptation is a real winner because it pushes the audio and visual elements to high levels: the cast is wonderful between old, grumpy Connery, cute Pfeiffer and cool British / excited, falcons American players... Goldsmith score is romantic as well as thrilling and wraps the scenes like a glove! And for sure, the real Russian locations are a must and give us the perfect feeling of what USSR was about!

So for me, this is a perfect movie, even if two things have always bother me: the casting of Brandaeur: since i saw him playing the lecherous in the Colette movie, i just can't stand him! Next the jazz score is a poor choice for a movie played between Lisbona, London and Moscow…

At last, a bit like this movie/novel who deals about finding the golden goose, i was sure that LC was an amazing writer: his next novel (Our game) was as good but all the others i try to read it was just horrible, thus my title ...

Reviewed by arijalokinos 8 / 10

A slow paced movie with excellent music and two shining actors

Sean Connery and Michelle Pfeiffer. Excellent pair in a movie that receives most of my stars from music, written by Jerry Goldsmith. While the story itself unfolds kinda slowly I still find it intriguing. The bias is not either on Russian or USA sided which is quite refreshing. This movie is worth watching on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

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