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The Looking Glass War (1969)

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:
Christopher Jones ...
Leiser
Pia Degermark ...
The Girl
...
LeClerc
Paul Rogers ...
Haldane
...
...
The Girl in London
...
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 ...
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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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The story about a ruthless game where the stakes are human lives. See more »

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Action | Thriller | Drama

Certificate:

M | See all certifications »
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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

According to an article on the film written by Sean Axmaker at the TCMDb website, "[Anthony] Hopkins, still a relative newcomer to film, had just finished The Lion in Winter (1968) and his career was on an upswing, but he was miserable through the production of the film. While [Christopher] Jones and others flew off to Spain, which doubled for East Germany and Finland, Hopkins remained confined to Shepperton Studios." 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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Piercing the Iron Curtain
7 September 2008 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Knife-wielding seaman Christopher Jones (as Leiser) is recruited, by British spies, to sneak through the Iron Curtain, in Germany; there, he is to confirm suspicions the East German Communist are building missiles. Mr. Jones' mission is, at first, complimented by, but later, compromised by the urge to mate; especially after he encounters delicious Pia Degermark (as Anna). Writer/director Frank Pierson's adaptation of John Le Carré's Cold War novel is, in the end, disappointing; but, it has some strengths.

Shirt-shedding Jones' Polish-French-English dubbing is very well done. Mr. Pierson's direction holds interest. Jones and Ms. Degermark are very beautiful; unfortunately, both would have short-lived starring careers. Another promising young performer, Anthony Hopkins (as Avery), makes a good impression; and, veterans Ralph Richardson and Paul Rogers give the picture some gravitas.

***** The Looking Glass War (1969) Frank Pierson ~ Christopher Jones, Anthony Hopkins, Pia Degermark


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