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Night Flight from Moscow
Directed by Henri Verneuil
Produced by Henri Verneuil
Written by Henri Verneuil
Gilles Perrault
Starring Yul Brynner
Henry Fonda
Music by Ennio Morricone
Cinematography Claude Renoir
Editing by Pierre Gillette
Distributed by Pathfinder Pictures
Release date(s) France April 7, 1973
United States November, 1973
Running time 113 min.
Country France
Language English

Night Flight from Moscow or Le Serpent is a French thriller made in 1973. It was produced and directed by Henri Verneuil. The music was written by Ennio Morricone.


Aleksey Teodorovic Vlassov (Yul Brynner) is a high ranking KGB official who defects while in France. He has with him highly-classified information as part of a deal with Western intelligence for his arrival in the United States. The debriefing is held at Langley by DCI Allan Davies (Henry Fonda) and MI6 representative Philip Boyle (Dirk Bogarde). Vlassov hands off a list of enemy agents in Western Europe including a deep penetration into NATO. Davies wants to begin operations to take down the agents; however, those on the list suddenly begin to die off. The CIA also has suspicions over the authenticity of Vlassov's claims. The CIA discovers that a defection photo of Vlassov was taken in the Soviet Union, not in Turkey, judging from the contours of the mountain in the background (the Ararat mount). Vlassov also fails a lie detector test after he angrily protests about sexual related questions asked by the CIA during the test.


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