|Tuesday 5 July 2022
Haddenham Youth & Community Centre
THE COURIER (12A)
1 hr 52 mins
Director: Dominic Cooke
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Merab Ninidze, Rachel Brosnahan, Jessie Buckley
Synopsis:With the nuclear arsenal of the Soviet Union growing stronger by the day, and Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev and the United States President John F. Kennedy locking horns against the backdrop of the Cold War and the reckless nuclear arms race, highly decorated Colonel Oleg Penkovsky reaches out to MI6 and the CIA. Under those grave circumstances, MI6 agent, Dickie Franks, and CIA official, Emily Donovan, approach a civilian, the unsuspecting, globe-trotting British businessman, Greville Maynard Wynne, to act as a liaison between the parties, and courier Penkovsky's leaks: vital information necessary to avert nuclear Armageddon. In exchange, the United States government would help him and his family defect. However, does Wynne know what he's let himself in for? Above all, can the two men put a halt to the imminent Cuban Missile Crisis?
Independent "Benedict Cumberbatch excels in an otherwise predictable Cold War tale. Dominic Cooke’s true-life drama explores how history can be made by the most humble of people committing the smallest of actions"
Spectator "The best Cold War thriller I’ve seen that I fully understand. Benedict Cumberbatch takes a character that could have been a buffoon and gives him depth and heart"