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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
Robert Urquhart ...
Johnson
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Avery's Wife
Vivian Pickles ...
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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"Why do we listen to them? Why do we fight their wars for them?" 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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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to the book "Anthony Hopkins: The Unauthorized Biography" (1994) Michael Feeney Callan, Christopher Jones "was the walking embodiment of the Hollywood sourpuss. When he could, he avoided social drinking and meals with the crew or cast, was monosyllabic to the point of stupor and, says a technician, 'given to catatonia when everyone was making sense of a non-action action movie. 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: [wondering why Lieser would want to be part of the mission] Why would he do it?
LeClerc: Biology. Men change their politics but sex, sex is something you can depend upon.
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Not a bad film!
3 May 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Most of the reviews I have given are of films that I saw at the cinema upon its release and have then recently watched again. However, THE LOOKING GLASS WAR is a movie that I never got around to watching at the pictures, therefore, I decided to shell out 3 pounds and buy the DVD. I must say that I am glad I did as I quite enjoyed it. A young Christopher Jones plays a Polish seaman who is recruited by British Intelligence to go into East Germany to check out some missiles in return for being given leave to stay in the UK. The acting was better than I thought it would be and the storyline was OK. I liked the jazzy soundtrack as well. Not a bad film at all and worth the 3 quid I paid.


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