Letter to Brezhnev

This is a farce, penned with wit and acted with appropriate deadpan honesty by all the principals. Picture a Russian ship docking in Liverpool. Two sailors go ashore for a night on the town, both primed with Beatles folklore and one speaking enough English to get them both by with the lasses in a dancehall.

With:
Alexandra Pigg Alfred Molina Peter Firth Margi Clarke Tracy Lea Ted Wood

This is a farce, penned with wit and acted with appropriate deadpan honesty by all the principals. Picture a Russian ship docking in Liverpool. Two sailors go ashore for a night on the town, both primed with Beatles folklore and one speaking enough English to get them both by with the lasses in a dancehall.

As for the girls, one works in a chicken-factory and does little else than look forward to the weekend conquests. The other is on the dole, but has a romantic view in regard to her bed partners.

Elaine, the Liverpool innocent, meets Peter, the Russian romantic from the Black Sea. They fall in love at first sight.

When they part, the naive Elaine finds it unfair that the world’s political stage should prove a hindrance to their ever seeing each other again. So she writes a letter to Brezhnev – and gets an answer. To wit: if you really love your Russian sailor, come to the Soviet Union to marry him and settle down as an adopted citizen.

Alexandra Pigg (Elaine) and Margi Clarke (Teresa) are a tickling pair of working girl types right out of that British tradition going back to ‘Free Cinema’ days.

Letter to Brezhnev

UK

Production: Yeardream/Film Four/Palace. Director Chris Bernard; Producer Janet Goddard; Screenplay Frank Clark; Camera Bruce McGowan; Editor Lesley Walker; Music Alan Gill; Art Director Lez Brotherston, Nick Englefield, Jonathan Swain

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1985. Running time: 95 MIN.

With: Alexandra Pigg Alfred Molina Peter Firth Margi Clarke Tracy Lea Ted Wood

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