Watch: Telefon 1977 123movies, Full Movie Online – The KGB is looking for one of their people, a man named Dalchimsky because he has stolen something important but, unfortunately, he manages to get through the border. Later in the U.S. some seemingly ordinary people after receiving a phone call go out and destroy key American military installations. Back in the U.S.S.R. General Strelsky and Colonel Malchenko send for Grigori Borzov, a KGB agent who has been to the U.S. on missions before. They inform him that after the U-2 incident in fear of the possibility that a war with the U.S. will occur; they were part of an operation called TELEFON that involved recruiting young agents and then brainwashing them into believing that they are Americans. They would assume the identity of an American who died a long time ago and who would be their age now. They would be situated in a city that is near or where a key U.S. military installation is located. They were also programmed to destroy upon receiving the command phrase. They have been fortunate that they have never had to send them on their missions. But they believe that Dalchimsky stole the book that lists all the TELEFON agents and is now sending them out on their suicide missions. It also seems that the current KGB Chairman is unaware of TELEFON so Strelsky and Malchenko want Borzov to go to America and find Dalchimsky. Borzov, who is endowed with a photographic memory, memorizes the second TELEFON book and goes to America and is aided by Barbara..
Plot: Nicolai Dalchimski, a mad KGB agent steals a notebook full of names of “sleeping” undercover KGB agents sent to the U.S. in the 1950’s. These agents got their assignments under hypnosis, so they can’t remember their missions until they’re told a line of a Robert Frost poem. Dalchimski flees to the U.S. and starts phoning these agents who perform sabotage acts against military targets.
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A good Bronson thriller
I was never a big Charles Bronson fan. His movies usually followed the same predictable patterns of revenge and violence with Bronson usually coming off dry and stiff. His performances were usually always one note.
Of the few films of his I have enjoyed (see also “The Mechanic” and “Hard Times”) from that era, “Telefon is a surprisingly gripping thriller even though the story is downright silly at times. Bronson plays (and doesn’t even begin to resemble) a KGB agent out to track a killer who have been brainwashed. One call from this guy and the reciting of some lines from a Frost poem and that person is hypnotized into going out and committing an act of violence that resembles terrorism in many cases. Donald Pleasance convincingly plays the bad guy and that, I think, is what makes the movie work. Pleasance is credible in the role, thus we fear him and route for Bronson to catch him. Also on hand is Lee Remick as an American agent assigned to help Bronson but who also has a hidden agenda of her own.
Director Don Seigel handles the silly material in a straightforward manner never taking things too seriously. Bronson is less stiff then usual and the action scenes are well done. The ending is a bit abrupt but that is minor nit picking. It’s a silly thriller I enjoyed and, if you are a Bronson fan, I am sure you will enjoy it too.
**SPOILERS** Whatever made high ranking KBG office clerk Nicolai Dalchimsky, Donald Pleasence,go off the deep end is never really explained in the movie “Telefon. Judging from the pad-or apartment- the Soviet Government provided Dalchimsky and his mother, Anas Ikonen, the two are living in luxury in that it’s as big as a suite in the Park Plaza or Waldorf Astoria hotel that could cost as much as $3,000.00 for a nights stay! Dalchimsky also travels first class all throughout the movie all over the USA making you wonder if the evil and anti-Capitalistic Soviet System, who paid his salary, isn’t quite as bad as its made out to be!
Dalchimsky somehow got a hold of the names of some 50 Soviet Agents in the US who were planted there at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis back in 1962. What’s even worse Dalchisky has the code name for each agent that if he or she is told what it is will set them of to, like a bunch of mindless suicide bombers, blow themselves up together with the US military installations they were programed to destroy!
Both the KGB and CIA work together in “Telefon” to stop Dalchimsky’s madness by getting their two top agents Major Gigori Borzov, Charles Bronson, and Agent Barbara, Lee Remic, to both work together in stopping him. What’s even worse then Dalchmsky’s mad rush to ignite WWIII is that the present premier of the USSR is totally unaware of the secret suicide-bomber agents planted in the US! Which may well lead to a firing squad or a life long stay at a Soviet gulag for those, Borzov’s superiors, responsible for them if he ever found out!
Both Brozov and Barbara are driven around in circles by the clever but dangerously insane Dalchimsky who uses those underground Soviet agents, who are now hard working and law abiding American citizens, to cause havoc all over the US. Dalchimsky even went as far as having some two dozen top Soviet military and KGB personnel knocked offed which originally alerted the CIA with the help of their top computer whiz Dorothy Pullerman, Tyne Daly, of just what he’s up to!
***SPOILERS From This Point On**** The movie has Brozov and Brabara, posing as man and wife, chasing the slippery Dalchimsky from one major US city to another until they finally track the crazed psycho down in this little out of the way town in Texas. It’s there that Dalchimsky’s luck finally runs out but only after he, with the help of the Soviet underground agents, destroyed a good portion of the US economy.
Charles Bronson being himself of Eastern European-Lithuanian Polish- descent is very convincing as Soviet KGB Agent Grigori Borzov. Bronson is given more lines in the movie then he usually has which makes his acting far more creditable with him not having to work over or gun down some dozen bad guys to keep him focused.
The beautiful Lee Remic as US CIA Agent Barbara more then holds her own as Bronson’s, or Borzov, partner. Barbara is under orders from her boss at the CIA Harley Sandburg, Frank March, to knock Borzov off once he completes his mission in terminating the out of control Nicolia Dalchimsky. It’s in the final moments of the film that both Borzov and Barbara pull off the Big Switch! In them not following their bosses,in the CIA & KGB, orders in having them “come in” and-unknown to them-be terminated for the good job that they did. To also insure that the both CIA and KGB doesn’t get any bright ideas, in offing them, Borzov & Barbara also destroy the list of the remaining Soviet Agents! Making it both impossible to find and terminate as well has having them being activated by a future malcontent and nut case like Nicolia Dalchimsky.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 42 min (102 min)
Genre Action, Crime, Drama
Director Don Siegel
Writer Peter Hyams, Stirling Silliphant, Walter Wager
Actors Charles Bronson, Lee Remick, Donald Pleasence
Country United States
Awards 1 nomination
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panaflex Camera and Lenses by Panavision
Laboratory Metrocolor, Culver City (CA), USA (color)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Eastman 100T 5247)
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm