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Director:
Writers:
John le Carré (novel)
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Release Date:
16 December 1965 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
BRACE YOURSELF FOR GREATNESS See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The great Richard Burton performance no one saw... See more (86 total) »

Cast

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Richard Burton ... Alec Leamas

Claire Bloom ... Nan Perry

Oskar Werner ... Fiedler

Sam Wanamaker ... Peters

George Voskovec ... East German Defense Attorney
Rupert Davies ... George Smiley

Cyril Cusack ... Control

Peter van Eyck ... Hans-Dieter Mundt (as Peter Van Eyck)

Michael Hordern ... Ashe

Robert Hardy ... Dick Carlton

Bernard Lee ... Patmore
Beatrix Lehmann ... Tribunal President

Esmond Knight ... Old Judge

Tom Stern ... CIA Agent
Niall MacGinnis ... German Checkpoint Guard
Scott Finch ... German Guide (as Scot Finch)
Anne Blake ... Miss Crail
George Mikell ... German Checkpoint Guard

Richard Marner ... Vopo Captain

Warren Mitchell ... Mr. Zanfrello
Steve Plytas ... East German Judge
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Graham Armitage ... Pawson (uncredited)
David Bauer ... Young Judge (uncredited)
Richard Caldicot ... Mr. Pitt (uncredited)
Marianne Deeming ... Frau Floerdke (uncredited)

Walter Gotell ... Holten (uncredited)
Edward Harvey ... Man in the Shop (uncredited)
Katherine Keeton ... Stripper at the Pussywillow Club (uncredited)
Philip Madoc ... Young German Officer (uncredited)
Henk Molenberg ... Dutch Customs Officer (uncredited)
Nancy Nevinson ... Mrs. Zanfrello (uncredited)
Michael Ripper ... Lofthouse (uncredited)
Michael Rittermann ... Security Officer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Martin Ritt 
 
Writing credits
John le Carré (novel "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold")

Paul Dehn (screenplay) and
Guy Trosper (screenplay)

Produced by
Martin Ritt .... producer
 
Original Music by
Sol Kaplan 
 
Cinematography by
Oswald Morris (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Anthony Harvey 
 
Production Design by
Tambi Larsen 
Hal Pereira (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Ted Marshall  (as Edward Marshall)
 
Set Decoration by
Josie MacAvin (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Sophie Devine  (as Motley)
 
Makeup Department
Eric Allwright .... makeup artist
George Frost .... makeup supervisor
Joan Smallwood .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
James H. Ware .... production supervisor (as James Ware)
Wim Lindner .... production manager: Netherlands (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Colin M. Brewer .... assistant director (as Colin Brewer)
 
Art Department
Stan Gale .... construction manager
Josie MacAvin .... set dresser
Peter Melrose .... scenic artist
 
Sound Department
John Cox .... sound recordist
Gordon Daniel .... dubbing editor
John W. Mitchell .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Brian West .... camera operator
Maurice Gillett .... supervising electrician (uncredited)
Bob Penn .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Sally Nicholl .... casting supervisor
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Barbara Gillett .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Ray Lovejoy .... assistant editor
Denis Whitehouse .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Sol Kaplan .... conductor
David Lindup .... orchestrator
 
Transportation Department
Arthur Dunne .... transportation captain (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Angela Martelli .... continuity
Richard McWhorter .... assistant to producer
 

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Runtime:
112 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:M | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:12 | Netherlands:14 (1966) | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:12 (f) (cut version) | West Germany:16 (f) (original rating)

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Trivia:
The phrase "Number 11 bus", which is heard a few times, is British slang for walking; your two legs look like the number 11.See more »
Quotes:
Alec Leamas:She offered me free love. At the time, that was all I could afford.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Tais-toi quand tu parles! (1981)See more »

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63 out of 89 people found the following review useful.
The great Richard Burton performance no one saw..., 16 July 2000

It seems to me as though no one remembers this film. In fact, I think that it would be fair to say that I wouldn't have become intrigued enough by it to finally rent if I hadn't seen just the briefest of clips of it on an ABC news broadcast. When I think about it, I realize why should anyone remember it? This was made during the Golden Age of Bond, which this film acts as a dark mirror to. More's the pity, actually, as this was one of Richard Burton's finest performances.

Burton is cast as Alex Leamas, a nerve-dead, aged secret operative operating out of West Berlin. After a routine assignment goes awry, Leamas is sent home and out of the service. He struggles to try to live a normal, average life as a librarian's assistant, but he can't make it work for him (something that is not helped by his chronic alcoholism). This fact is made forcefully clear when he winds up beating a local grocer and is sentenced to jail time. Slowly but surely, he allows himself to be pulled back into the Cold War he operated in, not suspecting or maybe not even caring that his superiors are setting him up for a fall.

One will never mistake Alex Leamas' grey, rainy world for the sunlight universe of James Bond. It offers what is probably the ugliest depiction of the Great Game on film: drunkards, ex-Nazis, Jews, and die-hard Communists swimming like sharks through a fish pond, all of them devouring any who get in their way. None have any more than lip-service loyalty to their fellow operatives, their countries, or maybe even their own ideologies. At it's center stands Burton, playing Leamas as a walking dead man, festering with hate, resentment, and cynicism at the system that eventually sends him into the gutter. His devastating parked car monologue alone is worth the price of renting this one from the local video store.

It's bitter cynic tone may have been the film's undoing; rarely have I seen a film so downbeat in it's depiction of humanity. Still, it is not one that deserves to be forgotten.

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