Icon (film)

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Written by Frederick Forsyth
Adam Armus
Nora Kay Foster
Directed by Charles Martin Smith
Starring Patrick Swayze
Patrick Bergin
Michael York
Annika Peterson
Ben Cross
Jeff Fahey
Theme music composer Mark Kilian
Daniel Licht
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Brian Gordon
Robert Halmi Jr.
Larry Levinson
Nick Lombardo
Michael Moran
Cinematography David Connell
Editor(s) Craig Bassett
Running time 173 min.
Distributor Concorde Home Entertainment
Hallmark Channel
Original network Hallmark Channel
Original release May 30, 2005 (2005-05-30)

Icon (or Frederick Forsyth's Icon) is a 2005 made-for-television thriller film directed by Charles Martin Smith and very loosely based on the novel by Frederick Forsyth. The film premiered on Hallmark Channel May 30, 2005. It is set in the period 1985 to 1999.


During the 1999 Russian Presidential elections, the two leading candidates are Igor Komarov (Patrick Bergin), a former Colonel of the KGB, and a retired General Nikolai Nikolayev (Joss Ackland). When a car bomb explodes outside one of Komarov’s pharmaceutical companies, and a virus is stolen from inside, an investigation by the FSB ensues headed by FSB agents Sonia Astrova (Annika Peterson) and Andrei Kasanov (Niko Nicotera). Their investigation is obstructed by the Director of the FSB, Anatoly Grishin (Ben Cross).

A British Embassy worker from Moscow, Sir Nigel Irvine (Michael York), tracks down Jason Monk (Patrick Swayze), a former CIA operative, who ran double agents in the Soviet Union and convinces him to investigate the incident. Once in Moscow, Jason finds an old friend, Viktor Akopov (Steve Speirs), who agrees to hide Jason from Komarov’s men. Viktor steals a residue sample of the bomb used and his scientist friend Tonkin tells him that the explosive used, Semtex H, has a direct traceable link to the FSB. Tonkin is soon killed by Vladimir Dorganosov (Tom Wlaschiha), the man who attacked Komarov industries and stole the bioweapon.

Sonia and Andrei locate Leonid Zaitzev (Theodor Danetti), a cleaner who worked at the Komarov Industries plant and saw Dorganosov steal the virus. As they question him, Grishin appears, arrests Zaitzev and fires Sonia and Andrei. Zaitzev is later killed by Dorganosov while in custody. Sonia goes home to find Jason waiting for her, and agrees to help him access the FSB network. However, they are shot at by Dorganosov, and a car chase ensues. They go to Andrei’s house where they find him already dead.

After the chase, Dorganosov demands the rest of his payment from his contractor, who is revealed to be Anatoly Grishin. While they are arguing, Komarov himself arrives and orders Grishin to kill Dorganosov.

Jason and Sonia come to realise that Grishin knew about the bombing in advance, and they raid his house for information. Jason is injured and, while he is unconscious, Sonia locates his daughter Elena (Marta Kondova) and brings her to him. While trawling through the information from Grishin’s computer, they find a secret manifesto written by Komarov, which tells of his plans to unleash genocide on any "undesirables" in Russia. Jason realises that the bombing and the theft of the bioweapon were planned by Komarov, and mark the beginning of the genocide.

Jason and Sonia go to Komarov’s Presidential opponent, General Nikolayev, and try to expose Komarov but he announces having vaccinations for all viruses. This boosts his popularity, and leads to his election.

Jason and Sonia find Komarov's facility outside Moscow and raid it. Sonia kills Grishin and takes his phone, which allows them to locate the FSB agents spreading the viruses. After Jason secretly hands Grishin's phone to Sir Nigel, he orders the arrest of the rogue FSB agents. Komarov’s plan is revealed publicly, and riots ensue in the streets, calling for his resignation. While trying to escape, he is killed by the crowds.

Nikolayev becomes the acting President, and Sonia is appointed head of the FSB. Jason moves back to Spain with Elena, and resumes his job hiring out a fishing boat.



The film was made as a mini-series but was then aired as a single film leading to some reviewers finding it too long.[1]

Robert Pardi of TV Guide gave the film 2/5 stars and remarked that screenwriters Adam Armus and Kay Foster butcher the best-selling source material.[2]

External links[edit]

  1. ^ "Swayze is an Icon but Icon is not Iconic". TheMovieScene. Retrieved 24 December 2017. 
  2. ^ "The Cold War goes on in Charles Martin Smith's made-for-TV tale of cops and communists". TV Guide. Retrieved 24 December 2017.