Russian Roulette (film)

Russian Roulette is a 1975 British-Canadian thriller film directed by Lou Lombardo and starring George Segal, Cristina Raines and Denholm Elliott.

Russian Roulette
Directed byLou Lombardo
Produced byElliott Kastner
Jerry Bick
Written byStanley Mann (writer)
Arnold Margolin (writer)
Tom Ardies (novel)
Jack Trolley (screenplay)
StarringGeorge Segal
Cristina Raines
Denholm Elliott
Louise Fletcher
Music byMichael J. Lewis
CinematographyBrian West
Edited byRichard Marden
ITC Films
Distributed byRank Film Distribution (United Kingdom)
Avco Embassy (United States)
Release date
20 August 1975 (US)
2 May 1976 (UK)
Running time
93 minutes
United Kingdom


Shaver (George Segal), a disgraced former Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer, receives an offer to keep an eye on a Latvian dissident during an upcoming visit to Vancouver by a renegade Soviet Premier in exchange for eventually being reinstated to the force. However, upon accepting the assignment, he finds himself engulfed in a KGB conspiracy to kill the premier during his visit and must clear his own name.



The film was the directorial debut for Lombardo, who is noted primarily as a film editor. It was adapted from Tom Ardies' novel Kosygin Is Coming. It was filmed primarily in Vancouver, where the story also took place.


After being released theatrically in 1975, the film was released to home video on VHS in 1986, and on DVD by Shout! Factory in October 2013 as part of a double feature with Love and Bullets, a Charles Bronson thriller originally released in 1979.[1]


  1. ^ Hodgson, Mark A. (June 23, 2009). "Russian Roulette (1975) - not on DVD". Black Hole Reviews. Retrieved 2012-01-14. Director Lou Lombardo indulges the cast to throw in improvised dialogue to add to the realistic feel. The best example is a scene where Segal tries to get an old lady to remember a really important message. The worst is his throwaway line to a traumatised Raines in the middle of a car chase, "How do you feel, killing a man?" Sometimes his comedy touch makes the film a little lighter than the subject deserves.

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