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Don Siegel

Music director
Lalo Schifrin



Action, Crime, Drama


United States

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Walter Wager
Peter Hyams
Stirling Silliphant

Release date
December 16, 1977 (1977-12-16) (U.S.)

Walter Wager, Peter Hyams, Stirling Silliphant

Charles Bronson
(Major Grigori Borzov),
Lee Remick
Donald Pleasence
(Nicolai Dalchimsky),
Tyne Daly
(Dorothy Putterman),
Alan Badel
(Colonel Malchenko),
Patrick Magee
(General Strelsky)

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The United States and the Soviet Union are backing down from the Cold War, but not everyone is happy about it. Nicolai Dalchimsky (Donald Pleasence), a KGB agent, steals information regarding a secret Soviet operation that planted brainwashed intelligence agents all over America. When Dalchimsky uses those agents to blow up old military buildings, the Soviets send KGB operative Grigori Borzov (Charles Bronson) and a double agent (Lee Remick) to stop him before its too late.


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Telefon is a 1977 spy film, starring Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence and Lee Remick. It was directed by Don Siegel. The film is based on a 1975 novel about mind control, by Walter Wager.

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Nicolai Dalchimski, a mad KGB agent steals a notebook full of names of "sleeping" undercover KGB agents sent to the U.S. in the 1950's. These agents got their assignments under hypnosis, so they can't remember their missions until they're told a line of a Robert Frost poem. Dalchimski flees to the U.S. and starts phoning these agents who perform sabotage acts against military targets.


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After the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Soviet Union planted a number of long-term, deep-cover sleeper agents all over the United States, spies so thoroughly brainwashed that even they did not know they were agents; they could only be activated by a special code phrase (a line from Robert Frosts poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" followed by their real given names). Their mission was to sabotage crucial parts of the civil and military infrastructure as a precursor to a possible US/USSR active conflict or war.

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More than 20 years pass, and the Cold War gradually gives way to detente. Nikolai Dalchimsky (Donald Pleasence), a rogue KGB headquarters clerk, travels to America, taking with him the Telefon Book, which contains the names, addresses and telephone numbers of all the agents. He starts activating them one by one. American counterintelligence is thrown into confusion when seemingly ordinary citizens start blowing up what are, in some cases formerly top secret facilities that were declassified or abandoned years before; the agents commit suicide afterwards if they survive.

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The KGB dares not tell its political leaders, much less the Americans, about its negligence in not deactivating the spy network. Major Grigori Bortsov (Charles Bronson), who is selected for his photographic memory, memorizes the contents of the only other copy of the Telefon Book. He is then sent to find and stop Dalchimsky quickly and quietly, before either side learns what is happening and either embarrass the KGB or possibly start a nuclear war. He is given the assistance of only a single agent planted in America, Barbara (Lee Remick).

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Eventually, Bortsov discovers the method behind Dalchimskys madness: he chooses the agents by the first letters of their hometowns, "writing" his own name in sabotage across America. Using this information, Bortsov is finally able to locate Dalchimsky and kill him.

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However, there are a number of twists. Barbara has orders from the KGB to assassinate Bortsov once he succeeds, in order to get rid of a dangerous loose end. She is a double agent, but when she informs her American superior, Harry Bascomb (Frank Marth), he also tells her to kill Bortsov, to gain the confidence of the KGB. However, she has fallen in love with her would-be target. She informs Bortsov, and together they blackmail both sides into leaving them alone, holding the threat of the remaining Telefon agents over their heads.


  • Charles Bronson as Bortsov
  • Lee Remick as Barbara
  • Donald Pleasence as Dalchimsky
  • Tyne Daly as Putterman
  • Alan Badel as Colonel Malchenko
  • Patrick Magee as General Strelsky
  • Sheree North as Marie Wills
  • Frank Marth as Sandburg
  • John Mitchum as Harry Bascom
  • Ed Bakey as Carl Hassler
  • Hank Brandt as William Enders
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