The Courier

Cold War spy Greville Wynne and his Russian source try to put an end to the Cuban Missile Crisis.
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Film Cast:

  • Greville Wynne: Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Oleg Penkovsky: Merab Ninidze
  • Emily Donovan: Rachel Brosnahan
  • Sheila Wynne: Jessie Buckley
  • Dickie Franks: Angus Wright
  • Gribanov: Kirill Pirogov
  • Embassy Assistant: Iva Šindelková
  • Nikita Khrushchev: Vladimir Chuprikov
  • Lee: Fred Haig
  • Nina: Emma Penzina
  • Vera: Mariya Mironova
  • Bertrand: Anton Lesser
  • Golf Exec: Miles Richardson
  • Andrew Wynne: Keir Hills
  • Popov: Petr Klimeš
  • CIA Boss: Zeljko Ivanek
  • Golf Exec: David Bark-Jones
  • Russian Trade Delegate: Marian Lorencik
  • Russian Interpreter: Benny Maslov
  • Penkovsky’s Driver: Marián Chalány
  • Tamara: Alice Orr-Ewing
  • Lovett: Oliver Johnstone
  • KGB Handler: Andruscha Hilscher
  • Irina: Olga Koch
  • Leonard: Jonathan Harden
  • Doctor: Elina Alminas
  • Curt: Eysteinn Sigurdarson
  • Howard: Richard Glaves
  • Customs Officer: Aleš Bílík
  • Embassy Guest: Laurel Lefkow
  • Mitrokhin: Ondřej Malý
  • Russian Plane Passenger: Andrey Kurganov
  • Cox: James Schofield

Film Crew:

  • Editor: Tariq Anwar
  • Director of Photography: Sean Bobbitt
  • Executive Producer: Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Producer: Ben Browning
  • Music: Abel Korzeniowski
  • Costume Design: Keith Madden
  • Producer: Rory Aitken
  • Producer: Ben Pugh
  • Executive Producer: Glen Basner
  • Production Design: Suzie Davies
  • Casting: Arwa Salmanova
  • Editor: Gareth C. Scales
  • Executive Producer: Tom O’Connor
  • Executive Producer: Dominic Cooke
  • Co-Producer: Donald Sabourin
  • Executive Producer: Milan Popelka
  • Producer: Adam Ackland
  • Executive Producer: Josh Varney
  • Executive Producer: Alison Cohen
  • Executive Producer: Leah Clarke
  • Executive Producer: Ashley Fox

Movie Reviews:

  • sykobanana: Cumberbatch shines in this 1960’s Cold War spy thriller. This movie is worth watching just for Cumberbatch’s performance alone (this is probably his best so far), but he is also backed up by the talented Brosnahan and Ninidze.

    This film doesnt run at a fast pace, but if you have patience, it is a little known and extremely rewarding part of history. (More Bridge of Spies than Tom Clancy).

  • JPV852: Well made and suspense-filled historical-thriller with another great performance from Benedict Cumberbatch. Doesn’t exactly have an emotional impact but still well worth checking out. **3.75/5**
  • r96sk: Excellent!

    It’s not quite Bridge of Spies, but ‘The Courier’ is too an awesome MI6/CIA/KGB infused flick. The two films tell tales regarding the Cold War, with the 2015 release narrowly a notch above this. Both have outstanding lead performances though.

    Benedict Cumberbatch is magnificent throughout, especially towards the end – the bald look suits him incredibly well, I must say… need him in a drug kingpin sorta role looking like that! In all seriousness though, I think this is my favourite Cumberbatch performance (from what I’ve seen thus far) – utterly brilliant!

    Merab Ninidze (also in BoS, albeit minorly) also puts in a top display, as he does in television’s McMafia. Jessie Buckley also gives a performance of note, which says a lot about her acting abilities given she doesn’t feature all that heavily.

    Astutely paced, builds terrific tension and features some cracking acting. Fantastic film!

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