Letter to Brezhnev
|Letter to Brezhnev|
Promotional movie poster for the film
|Directed by||Chris Bernard|
|Produced by||Stephen Woolley
|Written by||Frank Clarke|
|Music by||Alan Gill|
|Editing by||Lesley Walker|
|Distributed by||Channel Four Films|
|Running time||94 minutes|
|Box office||£450,000 (UK)|
Letter to Brezhnev is a 1985 British romantic comedy film about working class life in contemporary Liverpool. It was written by Frank Clarke and directed by Chris Bernard. It starred Alfred Molina, Peter Firth, Tracy Marshak-Nash (credited as Tracy Lea), Alexandra Pigg, Margi Clarke amongst others. Letter To Brezhnev presents Margaret Thatcher's high-unemployment Liverpool as a dangerous and near hopeless city.
Two Liverpool young women, Teresa and Elaine, meet two Russian sailors, Sergei and Peter, and hook up for a night of fun and frolics. Teresa is looking for sex and a smile, Elaine wants love, romance and the dream of a life far away from the grime of the Liverpool docklands.
Amongst other themes, it reflects the constraints on working class women's dreams. It also shows that many people do not get the chance to aspire to anything other than the humdrum lives they find before them as they walk away from school. Some of the characters worked in what they called "the chicken factory", a slaughterhouse.
For the soundtrack for the movie Sandie Shaw re-recorded the song "Always Something There to Remind Me". Also on the soundtrack was the Bronski Beat song "Hit That Perfect Beat" which was a hit in Australia and the UK.
- Tracy Lea - Tracy
- Alexandra Pigg - Elaine
- Alfred Molina - Sergei
- Peter Firth - Peter
- Margi Clarke - Teresa
- Iggy Navarro - President of Soviet Union
- Ken Campbell - Newspaper reporter
- Angela Clarke - Josie (Elaine's sister)
- Borne, Nigel. "Little film little profit." Sunday Times [London, England] 26 Jan. 1986: 31. The Sunday Times Digital Archive. Web. 29 Mar. 2014.
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