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The Russia House1990

The Russia House (1990)




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Movie Info

Sean Connery appears as a British publisher who receives a message that if he'll publish a manuscript submitted by a mysterious Russian woman (Michelle Pfeiffer), he may be able to assist Western efforts toward de-militarizing the world. Connery is urged to make contact with the woman to assure its authenticity. When he does so, he becomes a participant in high-stakes international intrigue. This film is adapted from the novel by John Le Carre.

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Sean Connery
as Barley Blair
Roy Scheider
as Russell
Nicholas Woodeson
as Niki Landau
Ian McNeice
as Merrydew
Colin Stinton
as Henziger
Peter Mariner
as US Scientist
Nikolai Pastukhov
as Uncle Matvey
Elena Stroyeva
as Anastasia
Margot Pinvidic
as Woman Interpreter
David Henry
as Junior Minister
Martin Wenner
as Scientist
Paul Rattee
as Army Officer
Simon Templeman
as Psychoanalyst
Kate Lock
as Jacky
Craig Crosbie
as Technician
Gennady Venov
as Katya's Father
Sasha Yatsko
as Russian Writer
David Ryall
as Colonial Type
Constantin Gregory
as KGB Interviewer
Yegueshe Tsturvan
as Flute Player
Constantine Gregory
as KGB Interviewer
Gina Nikiforov
as Russian Guest
Raisa Ryazanova
as Russian Guest
Nikolai Nikitin
as Leningrad Police Officer
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Critic Reviews for The Russia House

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (3)

To judge by this film, the life of a Cold War spy consists of sitting for endless hours in soundproof rooms with people you do not particularly like, waiting for something to happen. Sort of like being a movie critic.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Eschews the chase scenes and shoot-outs usually associated with espionage thrillers for dazzling wordplay, character-driven intrigue, and a strong emotional core,

June 4, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Connery and Pfeiffer are excellent, but much of the film's pleasure comes from watching consummate pros filling out the roles of various bureaucrats, among them James Fox, Roy Scheider and director Ken Russell (looking like Bernie Sanders with bedhead).

July 30, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Smart and glossy, but it has too many sluggish moments to maintain its few high points.

September 2, 2007 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Generally effective spy thriller with interesting cast

July 30, 2002 | Rating: 4/5

Sean Connery gives one of the best performances of his long career.

January 10, 2002 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Russia House

The plot is an interesting combination of espionage and romance, and it benefits from a great score and some beautiful locations, but it is just too bad that it is made into such an extremely dull affair in which the romance seems forced and the espionage is tedious to death.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Although I liked Connery and Pfeiffer's acting, I found that actually understanding the significance of the notebooks and what happens with them was difficult. I had to watch it more than once to understand it.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

Uneven yet taut thriller as a Brit publisher/ bon vivant gets drawn into the spy game with, duh, a beautiful woman. Connery and Pfeiffer manage to sell this with the able assistance of a first rate supporting cast. Mucho Russian scenery makes for a interesting mini-vacation overseas.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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