A SPY STORY… A LOVE STORY… A STORY TO CROSS ALL BOUNDARIES.
After receiving a mysterious manuscript from a Soviet woman (Michelle Pfeiffer), British publisher ”Barley” Scott Blair (Sean Connery) is interrogated by MI6 and later sent as a spy to the Soviet Union to find a man called ”Dante”. A spy thriller with appealing ingredients. It was only the second American movie to be granted permission to film in the Soviet Union, which the filmmakers use to great advantage. The actors are good and Jerry Goldsmith’s music score one of his all-time best. In spite of all this, it’s a slow-moving story that never hooks us emotionally.
1990-U.S. 123 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Fred Schepisi. Screenplay: Tom Stoppard. Novel: John le Carré. Music: Jerry Goldsmith. Cast: Sean Connery (Bartholomew ”Barley” Scott Blair), Michelle Pfeiffer (Katya Orlova), Roy Scheider (Russell), James Fox, Klaus Maria Brandauer, John Mahoney… J.T. Walsh, Ken Russell.
Trivia: Mike Nichols was allegedly considered for directing duties.