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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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Source author John le Carré included 'The Spy Who Came in from the Cold' as one of his four best novels during an interview on 5 October 2008 on BBC Four. The other best works he selected were 'The Tailor of Panama', 'The Constant Gardener' and 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'. 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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If only more spy movies were like this.....
1 June 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

It's truly refreshing to see a spy movie which does not involve fast cars, bikini clad women, super heroes etc. This movie shows how spies are used and discarded. The main character cannot perform stunning stunts while doing one hand push ups. He is just your average Joe who drinks too much and knows that there is no escape from his profession which he seems to hate. The idealism of young people seems to depress him even more which he rips apart towards the end (the highlight of the movie). The bleak look of the movie (it's in B&W) gives it even more of an authentic look and sets the mood for the viewer.

There are no explosions, no car chases, no sweeping a woman off her feet......just plain, simple story telling.


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