Taut Don Siegel flick about a mad KGB officer using brainwashed Russian operatives to commit acts of sabotage in the US. holds up as a solid thriller. Made toward the end of Siegel’s career, TELEFON isn’t as action heavy as some of his other vehicles, but its thrilling storyline and a solid performance from Donald Pleasence as the baddie easily compensate. Some may find Charles Bronson playing a Russian hard to swallow. Comedy fans will note that bits of the plot were borrowed by the Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker team for THE NAKED GUN: FROM THE FILES OF POLICE SQUAD!
“The woods are lovely, dark, and deep, but I have promises to keep. And miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep. Remember. Miles to go before I sleep.”
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