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Russian Roulette (1975)

Director: Lou Lombardo
Writer: Stanley Mann and Arnold Margolin; Jack Trolley (screenplay & novel)
Summary: The Russians are planning to assassinate their premier during a visit to Canada and a law officer there must prevent it from happening.

Tim Shaver is an RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) officer currently on suspension for striking his superior.  He learns that the
Russians are planning an assassination while their leader is visiting Vancouver.  After becoming involved in the complicated scheme,
Shaver must stay alive and race against time to make sure the assassination does not take place.


George Segal as Cpl. Timothy Shaver
Cristina Raines as Bogna Kirchoff
Bo Brundin as Col. Sergi Vostick
Denholm Elliot as Commander Petapiece
Peter Donat as Inspector Peter McDermott
Gordon Jackson as Hardison
Val Avery as Rudolph Henke
Richard Romanus as Raymond 'Rags' Ragulin

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Review of Russian Roulette in Playboy (November 1975)

A piffling tale of espionage titled Russian Roulette, based on Tom Ardies' novel Kosygin Is Coming, embroils George Segal and Cristina
Raines in some dreary intrigues concerning a plot to kidnap or otherwise incapacitate a political terrorist who may, or may not, try to
assassinate the Soviet premier during a state visit to Canada.  Director Lou Lombardo--formerly one of Robert Altman's favorite film
editors--provides a steady forward momentum and a degree of nervous rhythm to a story that moves right along without getting
anywhere in particular, though it certainly covers a lot of ground in the vicinity of Vancouver, British Columbia.  Segal plays a quick-
tempered Special Branch agent of the Canadian Mounties, Cristina a girl from the office with access to certain files, as Roulette whirls
from implausibility to outright incoherence, leaving its actors in a kind limbo, shooting blanks.

Excerpt of review of Russian Roulette in The Village Voice (September 15, 1975)

by Molly Haskell

The Evening Independent - March 11, 1978