Made for British television, Yuri Nosenko, KGB stars Oleg Rudnik in the title role. Based on a true story, the film concerns Nosenko's defection to the west in 1964. To make certain that he hasn't been sent to the US as a Russian "mole", Nosenko is subject to a grueling interrogation, headed by American agent Steve Daley (Tommy Lee Jones). The script is derived from the actual transcripts of that interrogation, together with contemporary interviews and newspaper articles. Whenever a gap in the continuity arises, the filmmakers do an admirable job supplying speculative dialogue. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
This is worth a watch because of its fctual background but the film has some serious flaws which distract from its punch. It omits many facts and is so time-compressed that the viewer may find him/herself head-scratching in wonderment. Tommy Lee Jones is always an intriguing, if grumpy, screen presence. It could have been a much finer film if it had a better and more disciplined script and closer attention to the real-life characters (the CIA's James J. Angleton) who inhabited this piece of history.
This movie reports to be a true story "with names changed to protect the innocent". That is the saving grace of this movie because it makes you think about the absurdity of the intelligence buerocracy (sp) in this country. The movie is fairly slow paced and doesn't really tell a great story. It isn't a terrible movie but far from great.
7/11 Spirited performances help this snail paced historical tale of the CIA v. the KGV v. the CIA in the cold war. Spy, counterspy, double agent and pawn, and based on a true story. Excellent lesson in irony. Reminds me of the line from "I, Claudius"--- "Trust No One." TLJ was excellent, only smiling at his daughter. Don't expect any answers to questions about JFK, except why the Warren commission report was a white wash. Why is it that the FBI is incompetent unless hunting aliens with a red head?