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The Courier

The Courier

Mar. 03, 2021United Kingdom111 Min.PG-13
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In the early 1960s, the world was shaped by the Cold War, which could quickly become hot due to the arms race between the two power blocs NATO and Warsaw Pact, in which nuclear missiles represent a new strategic dimension. A loud speech by Nikita Khrushchev (Vladimir Chuprikov), impulsive head of government of the Soviet Union, who bluntly threatens his classmates with annihilation, worries Soviet Colonel Oleg Penkovsky ( Merab Ninidze ).

He decides to send secret information about the Russian armaments program to the West in order to be able to assess the situation realistically and possibly avoid a war. He succeeds in getting a message to the US embassy in Moscow, and so the American secret service CIA and its British counterpart MI6 learn of his intention. There they consider how documents can be channeled through the Iron Curtain as inconspicuously as possible.

At the suggestion of the agent Dickie Franks (Angus Wright), an agreement was reached on Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch), a British sales representative who is in any case frequently on the road in Eastern Europe. He was hired as a spy, and so an unusual friendship developed between the English courier and the Russian officer. However, Greville’s frequent trips to Moscow arouse not only the suspicion of the KGB, but also that of his wife Sheila (Jessie Buckley), with whom he has so far not taken loyalty very seriously …

The Courier
Original title The Courier
IMDb Rating 6.5 195 votes

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Benedict Cumberbatch isGreville Wynne
Greville Wynne
Merab Ninidze isOleg Penkovsky
Oleg Penkovsky
Rachel Brosnahan isEmily Donovan
Emily Donovan
Jessie Buckley isSheila Wynne
Sheila Wynne
Iva Šindelková isEmbassy Assistant
Embassy Assistant

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