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Letter to Brezhnev (1985)

Two Soviet sailors, Peter and Sergei, go ashore in Liverpool to spend one night on the town. Peter can speak a minimal amount of English but it's enough to make contact with two ... See full summary »

Director:

Chris Bernard

Writer:

Frank Clarke
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alfred Molina ... Sergei
Peter Firth ... Peter
Tracy Marshak-Nash Tracy Marshak-Nash ... Tracy (as Tracy Lea)
Alexandra Pigg ... Elaine
Margi Clarke ... Teresa
Susan Dempsey Susan Dempsey ... Girl in Pub
Ted Wood Ted Wood ... Mick
Carl Chase Carl Chase ... Taxi Driver
Sharon Power Sharon Power ... Charlie's Girl
Robbie Dee Robbie Dee ... Charlie
Eddie Ross Eddie Ross ... Rayner
Syd Newman Syd Newman ... Dmitri
Gerry White Gerry White ... 1st Doorman
Pat Riley Pat Riley ... 2nd Doorman
Wendy Votel Wendy Votel ... 1st Girl on Bus
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Storyline

Two Soviet sailors, Peter and Sergei, go ashore in Liverpool to spend one night on the town. Peter can speak a minimal amount of English but it's enough to make contact with two Liverpudlian natives, Elaine and Theresa. Elaine and Peter immediately fall in love with each other, but the night is short and they must leave with the ship. Elaine can't forget him and writes a letter to Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev, asking him to make it possible for them to reunite. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bons baisers de Liverpool See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP400,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Both lead actresses, Alexandra Pigg and Margi Clarke are, just like their characters, natives of Liverpool. See more »

Goofs

Elaine says the British embassy did nothing to help her. It is highly unlikely that that she as a British citizen in Britain would have contacted any British embassy, all of which would, by definition, be in other countries. She would have contacted the Foreign Office, which is the authority dealing with foreign affairs and international matters in Britain. The casual viewer might easily confuse the two, but Elaine, who has recently dealt with them, would not make this mistake. See more »

Quotes

Teresa: You know what I'd do? I'd get a gorgeous photo of myself, lash it in an envelope, and I'd write a dead nice letter to that fellow... hey Vinny, what's his name?
Vinny: Who?
Teresa: The president of Russia.
Vinny: Brezhnev, isn't it?
Teresa: That's it.
Elaine: Teresa! Why didn't I think of that? Oh, I love you!
Teresa: Where are you going?
Elaine: To write a letter to Brezhnev!
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Crazy Credits

The end credits roll to the background of a painted Moscow city landscape. See more »

Connections

Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 17 April 2017 (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

State Anthem of the Soviet Union
Music by Alexander Alexandrov
(uncredited)
Heard when the Soviet President is seen on screen.
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Go Liverpool!
24 May 2006 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

The opening scene in "Letter to Brezhnev" shows Soviet sailors Sergei (Alfred Molina) and Peter (Peter Firth) sighting Liverpool and recognizing it as the Beatles' hometown. When this happens, you know that you're in for something neat, and your assumptions get confirmed with what happens in Liverpool. Sergei and Peter have a brief fling with working-class Liverpudlian women Elaine (Alexandra Pigg) and Teresa (Margi Clarke).

But, since this is the Cold War, the Russian guys obviously can't stay in England very long, and so they quickly have to return home. But Elaine can't forget them, and goes so far as to write Leonid Brezhnev a letter asking if she can come to the USSR to meet them. Needless to say, this isn't too popular with the British authorities, who decide to question Elaine about it.

This is a most interesting look not only at working-class England, but also at the human aspects of the Cold War. Everyone in the movie does a very good job, especially Molina. I'm eager to see how he does in "The Da Vinci Code".


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