Cold War spy Greville Wynne and his Russian source try to put an end to the Cuban Missile Crisis.


Dominic Cooke


Tom O'Connor
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vladimir Chuprikov Vladimir Chuprikov ... Nikita Khrushchev
Merab Ninidze ... Oleg Penkovsky
James Schofield ... Cox
Fred Haig Fred Haig ... Lee
Emma Penzina Emma Penzina ... Nina
Mariya Mironova Mariya Mironova ... Vera (as Maria Mironova)
Rachel Brosnahan ... Emily Donovan
Anton Lesser ... Bertrand
Angus Wright ... Dickie Franks
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Greville Wynne
David Bark-Jones David Bark-Jones ... Golf Exec (as David Bark Jones)
Miles Richardson ... Golf Exec
Keir Hills ... Andrew Wynne
Jessie Buckley ... Sheila
Zeljko Ivanek ... McCone


In the shadow of the Cold War a letter from Oleg Penkovsky (Merab Ninidze) an agency of the Soviet Union received by M16 stating the concern of Penkovsky about world safety and his anxiety about a nuclear war, So Emily Donovan (Rachel Brosnahan) a CIA Agent reached out to MI6 Agent Dickie Franks (Angus Wright) , who recruited British salesman Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) to be their spy. Written by Saif Alaa

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Based on the incredible true story of a businessman turned spy.



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Rated PG-13 for violence, partial nudity, brief strong language, and smoking throughout | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Oleg wanted to defect from the Soviet Union to the United States and live as a cowboy in Montana. Sam Neils character Borodin, in "The Hunt for Red October" was also defecting to the United States to live in Montana as a cowboy. See more »


In a panoramic shot of Moscow, Wynne walks along the embankment opposite the building of the Ministry of Defense. Although it was built in 1951, a late 2014 annex with two-headed eagles on the friezes is visible. In Soviet times, two-headed eagles were a symbol of czarism and under no circumstances could they appear on an official building in the center of Moscow. See more »


Greville Wynne: Oleg - can I call you Oleg?
Oleg Penkovsky: In English, my name doesn't sound good. Call me Alex.
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References The Hunt for Red October (1990) See more »


Swan Lake Op.20 Act IV No. 29 Finale
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
adapted and arranged by James Morgan and Juliette Pochin
Published by Faber Music
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Impossible to stop watching
16 March 2021 | by andreev-83318See all my reviews

As for me, the most important reference point for watching films is the cast. If I see interesting actors who select roles wisely and don't star in anything, it means that the novelties with their participation are mandatory to see. And since Benedict Cumberbatch starred in "Spy Games", such a movie can't be missed.

The storyline takes us back to the early 60s. The businessman Greville Wynne becomes a spy in the service of Her Majesty. While in Moscow, Neville gets instructions from a Russian colonel who has decided to go over to England's side, and who would have thought that very soon the stakes in the espionage game would become extremely high. The lives of millions of innocent people around the planet will depend on them.

Benedict Cumberbatch's performance is as good as ever. Once again I am convinced that he is one of the best actors of his generation and I can't remember a single bad film with his participation. And as for "The Courier", Cumberbatch drastically differs from Sherlock or Doctor Strange. He doesn't play a superhuman, capable of anything, but at the same time he bestows us strong emotions and we really worry about his hero.

In general, the film's worth seeing to understand its full dramatic and historical depth. The shot is interesting, there are no unnecessary moments, everything is in essence. These are the kind of films you need to watch and discuss!

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Release Date:

19 March 2021 (USA) See more »

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Ironbark See more »

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Prague, Czech Republic See more »


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$1,885,829, 21 March 2021

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