"The Courier" is a 2020 historical spy film directed by Dominic Cooke.
The starring cast includes Benedict Cumberbatch as Greville Wynne, Merab Ninidze as Colonel Oleg Penkovsky, Rachel Brosnahan as Emily Donovan, Jessie Buckley as Sheila Wynne, Angus Wright as Dickie Franks, Kirill Pirogov as Gribanov, Keir Hills as Andrew Wynne, Emma Penzina as Nina, Vladimir Chuprikov as Nikita Khrushchev, Alice Orr-Ewing as Tamara and others.

Here are "The Courier" movie trailer, plot summary, full cast and characters, release date, streaming services and everything we know so far.


Is there a trailer for The Courier movie?

LionsgateFilmsUK on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 released the trailer for "The Courier" you can watch here:
The Courier - Official Trailer - Coming Soon.

Plot summary

What is The Courier movie plot?

Here is a short review of "The Courier" movie plot summary.

The Courier tells the "true story of the British businessman who helped MI6 penetrate the Soviet nuclear programme during the Cold War. Wynne and his Russian source, Oleg Penkovsky (Merab Ninidze), provided crucial intelligence that ended the Cuban Missile Crisis."
Wynne is approached by a spy from MI6 and a spy from the CIA and asked to pose as a business partner of Oleg Penkovsky in order to gain intelligence relating to Soviet missiles being transported to Cuba. In the end, both Wynne and Penkovsky are caught and Penkovsky admits betraying his country while insisting Wynne as a courier knows nothing of the intelligence passed on, which supports Wynne's claim of no wrongdoings. Wynne makes sure Penkovsky knows his sacrifice is worth it. Penkovsky is executed and buried in an unmarked grave. Wynne is eventually released in a prisoner exchange for a Russian spy Konon Molody.


Who plays who in the The Courier movie cast?

Here is the full cast and characters of "The Courier" movie. Actors and actresses are sorted mostly in credits order.

Benedict Cumberbatch  as Greville Wynne
Merab Ninidze  as Colonel Oleg Penkovsky
Rachel Brosnahan  as Emily Donovan CIA officer
Jessie Buckley  as Sheila Wynne Greville's wife
Angus Wright  as Dickie Franks MI6 officer
Kirill Pirogov  as Gribanov KGB officer
Keir Hills  as Andrew Wynne Greville's son
Emma Penzina  as Nina Penkovsky's daughter
Vladimir Chuprikov  as Nikita Khrushchev First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Alice Orr-Ewing  as Tamara
James Schofield  as Cox
Fred Haig  as Lee
Mariya Mironova  as Vera (as Maria Mironova)
Anton Lesser  as Bertrand
David Bark-Jones  as Golf Exec (as David Bark Jones)
Miles Richardson  as Golf Exec
Zeljko Ivanek  as CIA Boss
Petr Klimes  as Popov
Benny Maslov  as Russian Interpreter
Harry Carr  as Young Bureaucrat
Rustam Khadzhiev  as Russian Trade Delegate
Yuri Klimov  as Russian Trade Delegate
Marian Lorencik  as Russian Trade Delegate
Dimitri Vorontsov  as Russian Trade Delegate
Jack Walters  as Russian Trade Delegate
Marián Chalany  as Penkovsky's Driver
Oliver Johnstone  as Lovett
Andruscha Hilscher  as KGB Handler
Alexey Ponomarev  as Kremlin Deputy
Rostislav Shabalin  as Kremlin Deputy
Eysteinn Sigurðarson  as Curt
Jonathan Harden  as Leonard
Elina Alminas  as Doctor
Olga Koch  as Irina
Richard Glaves  as Howard
Laurel Lefkow  as Embassy Guest
Jed Aukin  as Embassy Guest
Ales Bílík  as Customs Officer
Andrey Kurganov  as Russian Plane Passenger
Ondrej Malý  as Mitrokhin
Alexander Kotjakov  as Cop on Plane
Zdenek Pecha  as Prison Orderly (as Zdenêk Pecha)

Release date

When is The Courier movie release date?

"The Courier" movie release date was scheduled to be on January 24, 2020 (Sundance), on March 19, 2021 (United States), on May 17, 2021 (United Kingdom) and on June 3, 2021 (Germany) distributing by Lionsgate (United Kingdom), Roadside Attractions (United States), Film & TV House, GEM Entertainment, Belga Films, Elevation Pictures, Independent Films, Shaw Organisation, Telepool, Ascot Elite Entertainment Group and Joy n Cinema.


What are The Courier filming details?

The duration of the film is 111 minutes. The film grossed over $10.3 million.

"The Courier" movie is rated "PG-13", according to the MPAA film rating system.


What are critics and audiences saying about The Courier movie?

"The Courier" movie got high rating from critics. IMDB rating is 7.1/10. Rotten Tomatoes rating is 87/100.

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