MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 284 this week

The Looking Glass War (1969)

M  -  Action | Thriller | Drama  -  September 1969 (UK)
6.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.0/10 from 580 users  
Reviews: 15 user | 6 critic

From the John le Carre novel about a British spy who sends a Polish defector to East Germany to verify missile sites.

Director:

(as Frank R. Pierson)

Writers:

(novel), (written for the screen by)
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Venice Film Festival

See the latest from the 2014 Venice Film Festival


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 210 titles
created 23 Apr 2011
 
list image
a list of 28 titles
created 04 Jul 2011
 
a list of 47 titles
created 11 Aug 2012
 
a list of 45 titles
created 17 Apr 2013
 
a list of 21 titles
created 28 Apr 2013
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Looking Glass War (1969)

The Looking Glass War (1969) on IMDb 6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Looking Glass War.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: GP Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

In a vein similar to Bond movies, a British agent Philip Calvert is on a mission to determine the whereabouts of a ship that disappeared near the coast of Scotland.

Director: Etienne Périer
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Jack Hawkins, Robert Morley
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

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.

Director: Martin Ritt
Stars: Richard Burton, Oskar Werner, Claire Bloom
Hamlet (1969)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Nicol Williamson takes the lead role in this star-studded 1969 version of William Shakespeare's tragedy. Prince Hamlet mourns both his father's death and his mother's remarriage to Claudius... See full summary »

Director: Tony Richardson
Stars: Nicol Williamson, Judy Parfitt, Anthony Hopkins
A Doll's House I (1973)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A wealthy woman's attempts to help her financially troubled husband go unrewarded.

Director: Patrick Garland
Stars: Claire Bloom, Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Richardson
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An expatriate British publisher unexpectedly finds himself working for British intelligence to investigate people in Russia.

Director: Fred Schepisi
Stars: Sean Connery, Michelle Pfeiffer, Roy Scheider
Juggernaut (1974)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Some unknown maniac is threatening a navigation company to blow up one of its luxury transatlantics, the "Britannic", now in high sea with 1200 passengers. He is asking for a £500,000 ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Lester
Stars: Richard Harris, Omar Sharif, David Hemmings
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (TV Mini-Series 1979)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced out of semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6's echelons.

Stars: Alec Guinness, Michael Jayston, Anthony Bate
War & Peace (1972–1974)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Morag Hood, Alan Dobie
Young Winston (1972)
Biography | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

This historical drama is an account of the early life of British politician Winston Churchill (Simon Ward), including his childhood years, his time as a war correspondent in Africa, and ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Attenborough
Stars: Simon Ward, Robert Shaw, Peter Cellier
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: Ned Sherrin
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Jenny Agutter, Patrick Cargill
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Director: Renato Castellani
Stars: Christopher Jones, Pia Degermark, Angelo Boscariol
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A small comedy drama about the life and sex adventures of an amorous window cleaner, in the hip and swingin' London of the 60's... See full synopsis »

Director: Christopher Morahan
Stars: Victor Henry, Susan George, Jack Shepherd
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Jones ...
Leiser
Pia Degermark ...
The Girl
...
LeClerc
Paul Rogers ...
Haldane
...
...
Susan
...
Undersecretary of State
Robert Urquhart ...
Johnson
...
Avery's Wife
Vivian Pickles ...
Mrs. King
Maxine Audley ...
Mrs. LeClerc
Cyril Shaps ...
East German Detective
Michael Robbins ...
Truck Driver
...
Taylor
Frederick Jaeger ...
The Pilot
Edit

Storyline

At the height of the Cold War, British Intellegence discovers evidence that suggests Soviet missiles are being positioned close to the German border. With no active agents available to investigate, Fred Leiser must be called back to the colors and sent East. Once behind the Iron Curtain, Leiser meets a sympathetic German girl who tries to help him to evade the East German secret police and to complete his assignment. Written by Ronos

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

"Why do we listen to them? Why do we fight their wars for them?"

Genres:

Action | Thriller | Drama

Certificate:

M | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

September 1969 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A Guerra no Espelho  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

A radio play of John le Carré's novel 'The Looking Glass War' was produced and broadcast by Radio4 in 2009 with Simon Russell Beale as George Smiley, Piotr Baumann as Leiser, Patrick Kennedy as Avery and Ian McDiarmid as LeClerc. This radio play featured the George Smiley character who had been dropped for this film. See more »

Goofs

After Lieser slaps his girlfriend, he walks out of the room leaving the door open and the girl just stays still on the bed. When Avery goes to check if the girl is alright, the door is closed (so he knocks to get in) and the girl was in the same position she was before. See more »

Quotes

John Avery: [attacking Lieser from behind] Never trust anybody.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Ring (2002) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Well Cast but Somewhat Tiresome Period Piece
2 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Back in 1971 or so, this film showed on t.v. on the old Friday Night at the Movies series, and as a nine- or ten-year-old closeted gay boy I distinctly remember dropping my youthful jaw for the shirtless Christopher Jones in those scenes in the handball court. But seeing the film as a 48-year-old is an entirely different experience. Young Mr. Jones had a nice chest, but he was never a great actor, and the sub-text of Anthony Hopkins's character's resentments is inspired by that tiresome youth-worship that every film of that period was poisoned with: adults are misguided and evil and young people are innocent and good. I didn't buy it then and I certainly don't buy it now. Nevertheless, I think anything Hopkins is featured in is probably worth seeing once, and Ralph Richardson is always enjoyable to watch as well. The less celebrated Paul Rogers is pretty splendid, too. Well cast, but a somewhat worn period piece, is what I think.


2 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Ripe for a remake Andy44
Discuss The Looking Glass War (1969) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?