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Dominic Cooke | 2020 | 112 MINS
UK | Some Subtitles
The gripping true story of an unassuming British businessman Greville Wynne recruited into one of the greatest international conflicts in history – The Cuban Missile Crisis.

In Detail

Benedict Cumberbatch plays Wynne, an engineer and a family man, recruited by MI6 in 1960 to connect with a member of Russian military intelligence named Oleg Penkovsky - here played by the superb Georgian actor Merab Ninidze - who, alarmed by escalating tensions between the U.S.S.R. and the West, had offered secret information about his country’s nuclear capabilities.

The movie is honest about the decidedly unglamorous side of spying: chiefly, that it is a line of work in which human beings are often treated as easily discarded pawns. There are echoes here of Spielberg’s ‘Bridge of Spies’ and Cumberbatch delivers a compelling performance in a film that brilliantly encapsulates the time that it is set.

Our thanks to Lionsgate for this screening.

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