Letter to Brezhnev

Letter to Brezhnev is a 1985 British romantic comedy film about working class life in contemporary Liverpool. It was written by Frank Clarke and directed by Chris Bernard. It starred Alexandra Pigg, Margi Clarke, Alfred Molina, Peter Firth and Tracy Marshak-Nash (credited as Tracy Lea). Letter To Brezhnev presents Margaret Thatcher's high-unemployment Liverpool as a depressed and tough city, fallen on hard times.

Letter to Brezhnev
Promotional movie poster for the film
Directed byChris Bernard
Produced byStephen Woolley
Janet Goddard
Catherine Spack
Written byFrank Clarke
StarringAlexandra Pigg
Margi Clarke
Alfred Molina
Peter Firth
Tracy Lea
Music byAlan Gill
Edited byLesley Walker
Distributed byChannel Four Films
Release date
  • 1985 (1985)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office£450,000 (UK)[1]

Two young women from Kirkby, a rough suburb of Liverpool, Teresa and Elaine, meet two Russian sailors, Sergei and Peter, and hook up for a night of fun and frolics. Teresa is looking for sex and a smile, Elaine wants love, romance and the dream of a life far away from the grime of Liverpool.

Amongst other themes, it reflects the constraints on working class women's dreams. It also shows that many people do not get the chance to aspire to anything other than the humdrum lives they find before them as they walk away from school. Some of the characters worked in what they called "the chicken factory", a slaughterhouse.[2] It also reflects hope and ambition as despite awful odds, the protagonists pursue their dreams.

For the soundtrack for the film Sandie Shaw re-recorded the song "Always Something There to Remind Me". Also on the soundtrack was the Bronski Beat song "Hit That Perfect Beat" which was a hit in Australia and the UK. An early scene is filmed in the State Nightclub, a famous Liverpool venue in the 80's.



  1. Borne, Nigel. "Little film little profit." Sunday Times [London, England] 26 Jan. 1986: 31. The Sunday Times Digital Archive. Web. 29 Mar. 2014.
  2. Muir, Kate (28 April 2017). "Classic film of the week". The Times (72209). Times2. p. 7. ISSN 0140-0460.
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