Sean Connery and Michelle Pfeiffe bring such power and sensuality to the screen that they would be interesting in a toothpaste commercial. It is easy to imagine Connery giving up everything for the beautiful Russian played by Pfeiffer, in the film adaptation of John le Carre's novel.
Director Fred Schepisi moves the production at a very slow and confusing pace. However, his presentation of views of Leningrad and Moscow are interesting and worth seeing, as are the decaying apartments many Russians are forced to live in. He also presents a dreary atmosphere of the Soviet Union in early spring when the atmosphere is wet and no foliage has appeared yet.
Pfeiffer and Connery are worth seeing but the film is slow.
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