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Telefon (1977)

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Running Time
1 hour, 42 minutes

Country USA

Production Companies
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

Studio MGM, United Artists

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Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller, Spy, Terrorism, Suspense, Political

Tagline: Your next phone call may be your last!

Plot: Charles Bronson stars as ace KGB agent Col. Grigori Borzov in Don Siegel's adaptation of Walter Wager's Cold War thriller. It seems that in the 1950s, at the height of the cold war, the Soviet Union planted a network of agents in the United States. They were programmed, under hypnosis, to blow up key military installations when activated by hearing a line from a Robert Frost poem. In the 1970s, Nicolai Dalchimsky (Donald Pleasence), a fanatical KGB agent, has decided to begin activating this network. The Kremlin, which had no awareness of the program, finally grasps what has happened after a series of explosions occurs at abandoned U.S. installations. Realizing that they can't reveal the problem to U.S. officials, they choose to send their best agent, Borzov, to stop Dalchimsky before he starts WWIII. Along the way Bronson is forced to work with another KGB intelligence officer, Barbara (Lee Remick), who proves to be a double agent, as well as accepting help from computer expert Dorothy Putterman (Tyne Daly). Solid evidence that at the height of his box-office appeal Bronson could have gotten a seed catalog made into a big-budget movie, the film likely suffered from its tumultous production history, showing little of Siegel's signature style. On the bright side, Daly scores as a

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 Directed by
Don Siegel
Dirty Harry, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Escape from Alcatraz
 Written by
Peter Hyams
End of Days, 2010, Timecop
Walter Wager
Die Hard 2
Charles Bronson
The Great Escape, Once Upon a Time in the West, The Magnificent Seven
Donald Pleasence
The Great Escape, Halloween, Escape from New York
Sheree North
The Shootist, Charley Varrick, Maniac Cop
Lee Remick
The Omen, Anatomy of a Murder, Days of Wine and Roses
Tyne Daly
The Enforcer, Absence of the Good, Zoot Suit
Alan Badel
The Day of the Jackal, Force 10 from Navarone, Shogun
Patrick Magee
A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, Chariots of Fire
 Music By
Lalo Schifrin
Mission: Impossible II, Mission: Impossible, Rush Hour



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