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Midnight In St. Petersburg [1995] [DVD]

3.5 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Michael Caine, Jason Connery, Michelle Rene Thomas, Michael Gambon, Michael Sarrazin
  • Directors: Douglas Jackson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Platform Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 20 April 2009
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001RNXYWK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,668 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Having lost his intelligence job at the end of the Cold War, former British secret agent Harry Palmer (Michael Caine) now travels East to find new outlets for his skills. Harry sets up a Private Investigation company in Russia, and soon finds himself charged with rescuing his young assistant Nikolai s girlfriend Tatiana, who has been kidnapped.

The trail leads to St. Petersburg, which Harry finds to be a city held in the iron grip of the violent Russian Mafia. The mafia does its best to stop Harry in his tracks, but it may be easier said than done!

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Michael Caine is the only actor who could ever play Harry Palmer but this story of everyday Russian Mafia folk is weak. Do you ever really know for sure in a Harry Palmer story which side anyone is working for? I'm afraid Jason Connery defines "wooden" in this film. Don't expect anything of the standard of the 1960s Palmer trilogy. Why didn't anyone ever film Horse under Water?
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Michael Caine has been in some stinkers over the years, but it says something that it was during the making of this movie he decided to temporarily retire from acting, the experience was so awful. And although he betrays little of that on screen, he is one of the few aspects of this movie which isn't singularly awful. From an early scene when Caine throws away a potential letter bomb and it is carried away by a dog to explode offscreen before the soot blackened dog comes running back round the corner, you know you are far beyond the realms of awfulness that can be redeemed by nostalgia alone. Jason Connery is really disturbingly wooden, and his girlfriend is beyond awful, delivering her cringeworthy lines of expositionary dialogue with no aplomb whatsoever. Caine himself has to convincingly deliver bluntly inserted lines such as "Everybody knows that the Hermitage has the most valuable art collection in the world"..mmhhh.. subtle hint at a plot point, perhaps?
The plot, if indeed you really care, concerns the twin threads of tracking some stolen plutonium, and Nicolai (Connery)'s girlfriend getting into some trouble she needs rescuing from. Multiple characters from the previous movie, Bullet To Beijing [1995] [DVD], are shoehorned in, plus several new characters, with the overall suspicion is that there are just too many characters and too many story threads for it all to hang together coherently.. and lo and behold, suspicions are confirmed. It's a mess - a story which instead of unfolding mysteries, unravels plot holes. Rick Wakeman's synthy music intermittently drones on in the background, but not enough to drown out the dialogue.
The lure of a budget DVD with Caine, Gambon, Harry Palmer and St. Petersburg locations might lure you in like it did me - I'm here to warn you.. don't let it.
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A late flowering for Len Deighton's cold war warrior, now ageing but operating in corrupt, gangster-ridden Russia as a private eye. How great this project must have seemed on paper. You get Caine (who else) reprising his 60's Britcool role, opposite Michael Gambon as the Russian Mafioso villain. How utterly fab.

Shame then, to report that in this one Mr. Caine just takes the money, runs, sells-out his audience one more time. Proving screen charisma just ain't enough.

This movie has the look of a very dodgy made-for-TV/straight to video, take-the-money-and-run production. Features include a crap 1.33:1 screen size and a tinny synth soundtrack (generated by one Rick Wakeman pressing the 'Film soundtrack' selection button on his keyboard).

Forget expectations of the cooly atmospheric modern update honouring a 60s screen icon this might have been. Despite being made in the mid-90's, this thing's visual style that could easily be mistaken for an 80's effort. Everyone looks like they've just stepped out of the hairdressers: one located in Essex, Russia. It's poorly lit, visually flat and the staging is as unimaginative as on the most wooden, underpowered TV show.

The action-sequences are not exactly pumped as per Borne or late Bond. Fans of Taken are hardly likely to wet their keks with excitement either. Ordinary, dull and duller are the modes here.

Not to say though, that big action is an essential element in an exciting cat-and-mouse thriller. Le Carre doesn't require it to totally grab. Unfortunately, this story here is an unimaginative plodder about Palmer on the trail of missing plutonium.
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Shot back to back with Bullet to Beijing but a bit shorter with the plot assembled almost as an afterthought... Caine and Connery are good once more in this sequel but the subplot concerning the Jason Connery character's true parentage is never resolved or properly mentioned, which was a surprise as the resolution to Bullet to Beijing kinda hinged on it... Not much in the way of extras on the DVD either... Good soundtrack work by Rick Wakeman too on both this and Bullet to Beijing...
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one of the worst films I've ever seen.poorly edited and very poorly acted with a weak storyline.extremely disappointed.Mr Caine should be ashamed of himself for being involved in such a poorly produced film.
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Even Caine and Gambon couldn't rescue this film, the scene of the exploding dog was the final straw for this camel.
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I allways enjoy Michael Caine, he made many good fast action movies.
The cold war has allways been of interest to me.
I could recomend this as a good movie.
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It is a very well directed story and the film starts who were staring played their parts very well. Not too much violence and virtually no bad lanquage.
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