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The Looking Glass War (1969)

M  -  Action | Thriller | Drama  -  September 1969 (UK)
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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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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
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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

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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Action | Thriller | Drama

Certificate:

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Release Date:

September 1969 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A Guerra no Espelho  »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Hoffman was a possible for Leiser. 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.
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Connections

Referenced in The Ring (2002) See more »

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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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