Russian Roulette (film)
|Directed by||Lou Lombardo|
|Produced by||Elliott Kastner|
|Written by||Stanley Mann (writer)|
Arnold Margolin (writer)
Tom Ardies (novel)
Jack Trolley (screenplay)
|Music by||Michael J. Lewis|
|Edited by||Richard Marden|
|Distributed by||Rank Film Distribution (United Kingdom) |
Avco Embassy (United States)
|20 August 1975 (US) |
2 May 1976 (UK)
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.
- George Segal as Cpl. Timothy Shaver
- Cristina Raines as Bogna Kirchoff
- Bo Brundin as Col. Sergi Vostick
- Denholm Elliott as Commander Petapiece
- Gordon Jackson as Hardison
- Peter Donat as Insp. Peter McDermott
- Richard Romanus as Raymond Ragulin
- Nigel Stock as Ferguson
- Val Avery as Rudolph Henke
- Louise Fletcher as Midge
- Graham Jarvis as Bension, RCMP
- Constantine Gregory as Samuel
- Jacques Sandulescu as Gorki, KGB Goon
- Wally Marsh as Taggart
- Hagan Beggs as Kavinsky
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.
- 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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