Smiley's People (1982)

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1982
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)
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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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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George Smiley: [about Otto Leipzig] And he had a partner, yes that comes back to me too. An immigrant. An East German.
Toby Esterhase: 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.
George Smiley: But that was long ago, Toby.
Toby Esterhase: Who cares? It was a perfect marriage.
George Smiley: [to himself] Then I expect it didn't last.
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Follows The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965) See more »

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Another exciting film based on a LeCarre novel.
19 May 1999 | by (Palo Alto, California, USA) – See all my reviews

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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