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The Looking Glass War (1970)

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

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(as Frank R. Pierson)

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(novel), (written for the screen by) (as Frank R. Pierson)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Leiser
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The Girl
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LeClerc
Paul Rogers ...
Haldane
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The Girl in London
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Undersecretary of State
Robert Urquhart ...
Johnson
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Avery's Wife
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Mrs. King
Maxine Audley ...
Mrs. LeClerc
Cyril Shaps ...
East German Detective
Michael Robbins ...
Truck Driver
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Taylor
Frederick Jaeger ...
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Storyline

During the Cold War, the British Intelligence receives a blurred photograph from East Germany taken from Hamburg and Director LeClerc believes they are missiles. Their agent, Taylor King, who receives a film which might clarify the detail from a pilot in Finland, is found dead on the road, and the police believe he was accidentally killed in a hit-and-run. LeClerc meets the Polish defector Fred Leiser, who jumped overboard from a ship expecting to have asylum and stay with his British girlfriend who is pregnant, and decides to recruit him to cross the border and spy on the Eat German facility to check on the missiles. In return, he would have salary, insurance and political asylum. Leiser is trained by the agent and family man John Avery,and soon he finds his girlfriend has had ended the pregnancy. When Leiser crosses the border, he meets up with Anna, a local, and they stay together in the beginning of a dangerous journey where he is just a pawn in a war game. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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Release Date:

8 February 1970 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A Guerra no Espelho  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The synopsis of this movie's source novel "The Looking Glass War" (1965) by John le Carré on his personal website reads: "Uncertain evidence suggested Soviet missiles being put in place close to the German border, while vital film had gone missing and a courier was dead. Lacking active agents and the time to recruit afresh, the Department had to find an old hand who would prove its mettle. Fred Leiser, German-speaking Pole turned Englishman, once a qualified radio-operator, now something in the motor trade, must be called back to the colours and sent East...". 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

Leiser: You are spies? That's wonderful. I've never been a spy before. It will be a new experience for me.
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Great film to Enjoy
5 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a film that I had seemed to overlook and was very glad to have found a copy. The story is written by John Le Carre, who has written many espionage books and in this picture, Leiser,(Christopher Jones) plays the role of a Polish defector promised political asylum in England. However, he has to go back behind the Iron Curtain to investigate the possibilities that East Germany is building a rocket in violation of a disarmament pack. Leiser visits a girl friend, Susan, (Susan George),"Straw Dogs", who is having his child and then all of a sudden finds out things about what she has been doing and splits up the relationship. Leiser soon meets up with another gal, Pia Degermark who he falls in love, and is happy that she also has a very young son to make for a very happy marriage. They both decide to flee from all the espionage Leiser is caught up in and still has to deal with expert ruthless old men who use the both of them as decoys. Great film with great actors, all very young and starting out in their films careers.


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