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The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)

Unrated | | Drama, Thriller | 16 December 1965 (USA)
British agent Alec Leamas refuses to come in from the Cold War during the 1960s, choosing to face another mission, which may prove to be his final one.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Rupert Davies ...
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Hans-Dieter Mundt (as Peter Van Eyck)
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Patmore
Beatrix Lehmann ...
Tribunal President
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Old Judge
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CIA Agent
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German Checkpoint Guard
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Storyline

Alec Leamas, a British spy is sent to East Germany supposedly to defect, but in fact to sow disinformation. As more plot turns appear, Leamas becomes more convinced that his own people see him as just a cog. His struggle back from dehumanization becomes the final focus of the story. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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It plunges you knife-deep into actual Espionage. It gives you the dirt as well as the dazzle. Here is excitement sheer and naked and unforgettable. [UK Theatrical] See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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16 December 1965 (USA)  »

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Der Spion, der aus der Kälte kam  »

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Trivia

The 1960's saw a flurry of spy, and espionage-based TV series, and films, including: _"Secret Agent" (1964)_, The Avengers (1961), and _"Man In a Suitcase" (1967)_, on TV, This film is one of 3 filmed movie adaptations of John le Carré's spy and espionage novels which were released during this period. The 3 films are; The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965), The Deadly Affair (1966) (based on le Carré's novel "Call for the Dead"), and The Looking Glass War (1970). See more »

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In his defense speech of Mundt, the East German defense attorney (played by George Voskovec) states "Smiley was indeed Leamas's friend. He was also a planner in the section called Satellites Four, which operates behind the Iron Curtain." The term "Iron Curtain" would not have been used by officials of East Germany or other Soviet bloc countries to refer to the east-west divide. Originally created by Winston Churchill, the phrase "behind the Iron Curtain" became a disparaging characterization of the east bloc countries and their socialist systems. It was seen as serving to keep people in and information out, and people mostly throughout the West used the metaphor in that context. See more »

Quotes

Alec Leamas: Mundt was a Nazi, wasn't he?
Fiedler: He was a member of the Hitler Youth... as a boy.
Alec Leamas: Now he's a grown-up Communist. He was what I would call... available.
Fiedler: Like you!... Shall we begin? Let me start by asking you an amusing question.
Alec Leamas: Let me start by asking you one! Make you laugh your head off! Where's my money? When can I go whatever... whatever home is? And Carleton's gone home! Peters has gone home! What about me?
Fiedler: The agreement was...
Alec Leamas: Agreement!... You've broken the bloody agreement and barring ...
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Referenced in Tais-toi quand tu parles! (1981) See more »

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Best spy movie of the 1960s
21 December 2004 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

So many poor Cold War spy movies were made in the 1960s, ranging from shtick to schlock. This one is a standout -- great acting, great atmosphere, great plot. It's darker, grittier, and more realistic than any other films of this genre from the mid-60s, and wears even better with age (no "mind control machines" or other ridiculous retro gadgets).

Le Carré is often credited for making the spy novel transcend genre fiction and enter into the realm of literature. It is apt that a similar statement can be said about a movie based on Le Carré; it moves beyond "spy movie" into brilliant cinema. Heavily recommended.


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