Russian Roulette (film)

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Russian Roulette
Directed by Lou Lombardo
Produced by Elliott Kastner
Jerry Bick
Written by Stanley Mann (writer)
Arnold Margolin (writer)
Tom Ardies [1] (novel)
Jack Trolley (screenplay)
Starring George Segal
Cristina Raines
Denholm Elliott
Louise Fletcher
Music by Michael J. Lewis
Cinematography Brian West
Edited by Richard Marden
Distributed by Avco Embassy
Rank Film Distribution
Release date
  • August 20, 1975 (1975-08-20) (U.S.)
Running time
93 minutes
Country United States
United Kingdom
Language English

Russian Roulette is a 1975 American thriller film directed by Lou Lombardo. Based on Tom Ardies' novel Kosygin Is Coming, its story centers on a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer played by George Segal who finds himself engulfed in a KGB conspiracy to kill a renegade Soviet Premier during his visit to Vancouver in 1970.

The film was the directorial debut for Lombardo, who is noted primarily as a film editor. It was released to home video on VHS in 1986, and on DVD by Shout! Factory in October 2013 as part of a double feature with Love and Bullets, a Charles Bronson thriller originally released in 1979.[2]



  1. ^ At present (November 2009), the IMDb incorrectly gives screenwriter Jack Trolley the credit for having written the original novel.
  2. ^ Hodgson, Mark A. (June 23, 2009). "Russian Roulette (1975) - not on DVD". Black Hole Reviews. Retrieved 2012-01-14. Director Lou Lombardo indulges the cast to throw in improvised dialogue to add to the realistic feel. The best example is a scene where Segal tries to get an old lady to remember a really important message. The worst is his throwaway line to a traumatised Raines in the middle of a car chase, "How do you feel, killing a man?" Sometimes his comedy touch makes the film a little lighter than the subject deserves.

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