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’We sort of look alike,’ Russell points out, and says their disguises are often planned that way so that, undercover, the characters will look as if they should be together.

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As Philip seems to be crumbling, though, Elizabeth’s resolve is only getting stronger, and that’s emphasized through the brilliantly crafted final sequence. As Reagan goes on and on about the “Evil Empire” that is the Soviet Union, Elizabeth is drawn to the screen, unable to tear her eyes away as she seems more focused and determined than ever. The camera zeroes in on her, purposely making Philip fade into the background, someone who’s drifting farther and farther from his original cause. It’s a devastating scene to watch because Philip is obviously hurting, yet Elizabeth is captured by Reagan’s words. And as she looks at the screen, she realizes that her world is about to change, that March 8, 1983 is a transition point. [x]

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My darling Nadezhda… This year has been hard. Your uncle, Anatoli – In the fall, I noticed he was starting to forget things. Now he’s…it’s like he’s not there anymore.When we were children he was the smartest one in the family. Good at math. Good at everything. After you left, I saw him much more. And now…well – I miss you so much. I’m sure it’s hard for you to hear over and over how much I miss you, but it’s the truth. You always did insist on the truth. They brought me a picture of you this year, with your children. I look at it every day. You look happy Nadezhda. I know I’ll never meet them, but knowing you have them…that makes me happy. They are my family too…

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“As someone who reads scripts, I’m always rooting for their union. I’m not always rooting for them to win. I just want them to be together.” - Keri Russell