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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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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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Trivia

In this movie, actor Rupert Davies was the first actor to portray John le Carré's iconic character, George Smiley, in either film, or TV. James Mason was the second actor to play him, in The Deadly Affair (1966), (though the character was renamed Charles Dobbs for the film). Sir Alec Guinness was third, and he played him twice - in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979) and Smiley's People (1982). Denholm Elliott was the 4th actor to play Smiley, in A Murder of Quality (1991) whilst Gary Oldman is the fifth actor to play him, in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). 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 »

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Fiedler: Innocent people die every day. They might as well do so for a reason.
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Referenced in Nature: The Cat That Came in from the Cold (1991) See more »

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A Fiercely Intelligent and Engrossing Film
13 April 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Spy Who Came in From the Cold" is perhaps the best of the Cold War spy movies. Good writing coupled with brilliant performances make it that rare film based on a novel that is the equal of its predecessor. The uncompromising complexity of its story requires some effort on the part of the viewer but staying engaged in this great picture is well worth the effort.


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