Night Flight From Moscow
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Night Flight From Moscow
Night Flight from Moscow
Film poster under title Le Serpent
Directed byHenri Verneuil
Produced byHenri Verneuil
Written byHenri Verneuil
Gilles Perrault
StarringYul Brynner
Henry Fonda
Dirk Bogarde
Music byEnnio Morricone
CinematographyClaude Renoir
Edited byPierre Gillette
Les Films de la Boétie
Euro International Film
Rialto Film
Distributed byPathfinder Pictures
AVCO Embassy Pictures
Release date
7 April 1973
Running time
113 minutes
West Germany

Night Flight from Moscow (also known as Le Serpent[1]) is a 1973 thriller film produced, co-written and directed by Henri Verneuil, and starring Yul Brynner, Henry Fonda, Dirk Bogarde, and Philippe Noiret. The score was composed by Ennio Morricone.


Aleksey Teodorovic Vlassov (Yul Brynner) is a high ranking KGB official who defects while in France. He has with him highly-classified information as part of a deal with Western intelligence for his arrival in the United States. The debriefing is held at Langley by DCI Allan Davies (Henry Fonda) and MI6 representative Philip Boyle (Dirk Bogarde). Vlassov hands off a list of enemy agents in Western Europe including a deep penetration into NATO.

Davies wants to begin operations to arrest the agents; however, those on the list suddenly begin to die off. The CIA also has suspicions over the authenticity of Vlassov's claims. The CIA discovers that a defection photo of Vlassov was taken in the Soviet Union, not in Turkey, judging from the contours of Mount Ararat in the background. Vlassov also fails a lie detector test after he angrily protests about sexual related questions asked by the CIA during the test.



A contemporary review by Tony Mastroianni in the Cleveland Press stated this film about espionage demonstrated how already in 1973 the computer had replaced the dagger. The reviewer also concluded the film had "more good moments than bad".[2]


  1. ^ "The Serpent / Night Flight from Moscow". Retrieved .
  2. ^ Mastroianni, Tony (1973-11-23). "Review: CIA spy film: It's not Dullesville". Cleveland State University Library. Retrieved .

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