• Released
  • August 4, 1999
  • PG-13 , 2 hr 0 min
  • Period Film
    Melodrama
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East-West Synopsis
False amnesty lures an exiled Soviet couple (Sandrine Bonnaire, Oleg Menshikov) back.
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88

New York Post

By Jonathan Foreman
The movie that deserved to win the Oscar for foreign-language film, and one of the best movies ever made about life behind the Iron Curtain.
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88

San Francisco Examiner

By G. Allen Johnson
A grand, old-fashioned movie of spies and Communist repression.
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88

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
Picks up steam from the ominous opening scene and ends as a quietly suspenseful thriller.
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88

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Feels like an old-fashioned movie in the way it deals with bold sacrifices made in the name of love, while its setting and chary view of...
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Has great themes and great actors.
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75

Baltimore Sun

By Ann Hornaday
One of the unique virtues of the cinema is its ability to bring history to life with engrossing detail and gripping immediacy; East-West...
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63

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Isn't always easy to sit through, but it repays patience. It's an honorable film, and it earns its undertow of poignancy derived from.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Wargnier directs his French historical drama, a foreign film Oscar nominee, in a way that allows little perspective on the extent of...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
It is well-made in an old-fashioned way, and its straight-arrow lack of cynicism may be old- fashioned as well.
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40

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Director Regis Warginer ("Indochine") lets his film degenerate into a turgid melodrama.
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Rated PG-13 | For Sensuality and Violence