Smiley's People (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 ... See full summary »

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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)
Vladek Sheybal ...
 Otto Leipzig / ... (4 episodes, 1982)
Andy Bradford ...
 Ferguson (4 episodes, 1982)
Bernard Hepton ...
 Toby Esterhase (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Peter Guillam (3 episodes, 1982)
Anthony Bate ...
 Oliver Lacon (3 episodes, 1982)
Tusse Silberg ...
 Alexandra Ostrakova (3 episodes, 1982)
Germaine Delbat ...
 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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25 October 1982 (USA)  »

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Agent in eigener Sache  »

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Alec Guinness insisted on watching his scenes in the unedited rough cuts and would get depressed, thinking his performance was poor. Screenwriter John le Carré told director Simon Langton not to worry about it because Guinness had done the same thing while filming Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979) and his performance then turned out fine. See more »

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Toby Esterhase: The Grigorievs left their house five minutes ago. She's driving. Most likely they die before they get here.
George Smiley: Did she drive last week?
Toby Esterhase: Also the week before. She insists. George, that woman is a monster.
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At the end of the closing credits, a yellow chalk mark suddenly appears on some planks. See more »

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Follows The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965) See more »

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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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