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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

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
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Johnson
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Avery's Wife
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Mrs. King
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Mrs. LeClerc
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East German Detective
Michael Robbins ...
Truck Driver
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Taylor
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The Pilot
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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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It's Chris Jones - the sensational new star - with the beautiful girl who was 'Elvira Madigan'! See more »

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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M | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

8 February 1970 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A Guerra no Espelho  »

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Director Karel Reisz was the first director attached to the project but in the end the film was directed by Frank Pierson. 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: What's your name?
John Avery: You can't have my name, it's a breach of security.
Leiser: You know, I'm risking my life for you so I want a name, give me a name, I don't care. Any name!
John Avery: John.
Leiser: John. John.
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I Really Got Sucked In
11 September 2007 | by (Arizona) – See all my reviews

No, the movie didn't suck me in. I got sucked into watching it by some highly favorable comments. I should have paid more attention to the ratings.

If you want to watch LeCarre, there are much better examples than this. The pacing is completely off in this movie; as soon as something interesting starts, it is truncated for irrelevant meanderings. Apparently the director wanted to make this a "mood piece" rather than an action movie, and as a result, it never develops any momentum or suspense.

On balance, this is just a somewhat disappointing period piece. Watchable, but nothing more.


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