Called out of retirement to settle the affairs of a friend, Smiley finds his old organization, the Circus, so overwhelmed by political considerations that it doesn't want to know what ... See full summary »
Taken from the book by John le Carre, George Smiley rallies to the aid of his former intelligence colleague, Ailsa Brimley, to investigate a mysterious letter from a junion master's wife at... See full summary »
Called out of retirement to settle the affairs of a friend, Smiley finds his old organization, the Circus, so overwhelmed by political considerations that it doesn't want to know what happened. He begins to follow up the clues of his friends past days, discovering that the clues lead to a high person in the Russian Secret service, and a secret important enough to kill for. Smiley continues to put together the pieces a step ahead or a step behind the Russian killers. Written by
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Although the standard for British TV miniseries in the 1970s-80s was to videotape interior scenes and film exteriors, all of this miniseries was captured on film. See more »
[about Otto Leipzig]
And he had a partner, yes that comes back to me too. An immigrant. An East German.
Hm! Worse than East German. Saxon. Name of Kretzschmar. First name Claus, with a "C". Don't ask me why. I mean these guys have no logic at all. Claus Kretzschmar was also a creep. Blond creep, lot of muscles.
But that was long ago, Toby.
Who cares? It was a perfect marriage.
Then I expect it didn't last.
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The wooden planks in the opening credits are those of park benches. See more »
I saw it this once on PBS Television and believe that this brilliant BBC film should be released on videotape !! Why does "Smiley's People" (based on a novel by John LeCarre like his others - "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy", "Spy Who Came In From The Cold", and "Russia House") stay on the shelf ? Perhaps this the plot is too complicated for most film distributors. In any case, Alex Guinness is totally convincing as George Smiley, a decent and intelligent man who decides, at last, to act against evil. What happens is always exciting and, above all, makes us think. This is a terrific story !!
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