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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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 George Smiley (6 episodes, 1982)
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 Madame Ostrakova (4 episodes, 1982)
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 Lauder Strickland (4 episodes, 1982)
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 Otto Leipzig / ... (4 episodes, 1982)
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 Ferguson (4 episodes, 1982)
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 Toby Esterhase (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Madame La Pierre (3 episodes, 1982)
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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 John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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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 »

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Toby Esterhase: George, all your life! Fantastic!
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Smiley's People - Superb!
15 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Spy movies are usually exciting, but everything about this production is solid pleasure. Acting, direction, photography, script -- all add up to hours of thrilling action. There are characterizations that stick in the mind for years. Bernard Hepton as "Toby Esterhase" is as good as it gets anywhere. His scenes with Guinness couldn't be better -- Hepton has subtlety, charm, and is often very funny. He moves like a dancer, speaks with a "Hungarian" accent that makes his scenes fly in the most transcendental sense. Everyone is terrific, but as you may have guessed, Toby is my favorite character.

Occasionally a jump cut may cause a little confusion, but not for long. All the elements of the story are orchestrated like a ballet. I can't imagine anyone not loving this movie.


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