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Release Date:
29 September 1980 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced out of semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6's echelons. Full summary »
Awards:
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Alec Guinness ... George Smiley (7 episodes, 1979)

Michael Jayston ... Peter Guillam (7 episodes, 1979)
Anthony Bate ... Sir Oliver Lacon / ... (7 episodes, 1979)
George Sewell ... Mendel (7 episodes, 1979)
Bernard Hepton ... Toby Esterhase (5 episodes, 1979)

Ian Richardson ... Bill Haydon (5 episodes, 1979)
Hywel Bennett ... Ricki Tarr (5 episodes, 1979)
Terence Rigby ... Roy Bland (4 episodes, 1979)

Ian Bannen ... Jim Prideaux (4 episodes, 1979)
Michael Aldridge ... Percy Alleline (4 episodes, 1979)
Alec Sabin ... Fawn (4 episodes, 1979)

Alexander Knox ... Control (3 episodes, 1979)
Duncan Jones ... Roach (3 episodes, 1979)
Daniel Beecher ... Spikely (3 episodes, 1979)
John Wells ... Headmaster (2 episodes, 1979)
Frank Compton ... Bryant (2 episodes, 1979)
Frank Moorey ... Lauda Strickland (2 episodes, 1979)
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Series Directed by
John Irvin (7 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Writing credits
Arthur Hopcraft (7 episodes, 1979)
John le Carré (7 episodes, 1979)

Series Produced by
Jonathan Powell .... producer (7 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Original Music by
Geoffrey Burgon (7 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Cinematography by
Tony Pierce-Roberts (7 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Film Editing by
Chris Wimble (4 episodes, 1979)
Clare Douglas (3 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Production Design by
Austen Spriggs (7 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Costume Design by
Joyce Mortlock (7 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Makeup Department
Elizabeth Rowell .... makeup artist (7 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Art Department
Douglas Burd .... graphic designer (7 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Sound Department
Mike Crozier .... dubbing editor (7 episodes, 1979)
Stan Morcom .... dubbing mixer (7 episodes, 1979)
Malcolm Webberley .... sound recordist (7 episodes, 1979)
Paul Ashton .... dubbing editor (3 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Terry Manning .... chief electrician (1 episode, 1979)
Jim Monks .... chief grips (1 episode, 1979)
 
Series Editorial Department
Simon Holland .... trainee assistant film editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Frances Alcock .... assistant to director (7 episodes, 1979)
Peter Grimwade .... production assistant (7 episodes, 1979)
Jeremy Silberston .... assistant floor manager (7 episodes, 1979)
Tony Virgo .... production assistant (7 episodes, 1979)
Marcia Wheeler .... production unit manager (7 episodes, 1979)
Betty Willingale .... script editor (7 episodes, 1979)
Christabel Albery .... assistant floor manager (6 episodes, 1979)
 

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Runtime:
290 min | UK:315 min (7 parts)
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Trivia:
During production, Alec Guinness complained that George Smiley's characteristic habit, polishing his glasses with the fat end of his tie, could not be done naturally because London's cold weather resulted in Smiley wearing three-piece suits. Thus a handkerchief was used as a substitute. John le Carré's sequel novel 'Smiley's People', mentioned a statement referring to this issue: "From long habit, Smiley had taken off his spectacles and was absently polishing them on the fat end of his tie, even though he had to delve for it among the folds of his tweed coat."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In episode 5, Fawn's hair is shaggy and hangs over his ears. A day later (in episode 6) it is short and trim. He's been guarding the kidnapped Toby Esterhase for the intervening period, so he could hardly have run out and got it cut.See more »
Quotes:
[repeated line]
George Smiley:There are three of them, and Alleline.
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Soundtrack:
Nunc DimittisSee more »

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33 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
I can only add to the other comments:, 21 August 1999
Author: larcher-2 from Virginia

I can only add to the other comments: this is a superb film. It is absolute proof that a TV mini-series can stand beside the best cinema films with honor. I have rarely paid $7.00 for just 87 minutes of anything this good. If I could vote on it, it would get a 9. The writing is rich; the acting, excellent; the theme, deep; the technical quality only slightly inhibited by a presumably small budget. When I consider the BBC's obsession with the mass market peddling of dull costume dramas, I cannot understand why this astringent tragedy is not available, at least in the US, on video or DVD. In about 20 years, this will have the sort of mythic reputation given to lost or damaged movies of the teens and twenties--more deservedly than most of them.

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