Smiley's People (1982)

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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)
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 Ferguson (4 episodes, 1982)
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 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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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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George Smiley: You are Counselor Anton Grigoriev of the Soviet Embassy in Bern, yes?
Anton Grigoriov: Grigoriev? I am Grigoriev. Yes, well done! I am Grigoriev! And who are you, please? Al Capone? Who are you? And why do you rumble at me like a commissar?
George Smiley: Then, Counselor, since we cannot afford to delay, I suggest you study the incriminating photographs on the table beside you.
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The wooden planks in the opening credits are those of park benches. See more »

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

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"Fantastic! George! All your life!"
5 July 2004 | by (Michigan, USA) – See all my reviews

I won't choose between TINKER TAILOR and SMILEY'S PEOPLE. They're both first-rate. PEOPLE isn't as dark (even though bodies litter the landscape), but it builds to great tension even on repeat viewings.

Master-class performances by Michael Lonsdale (Grigoriev), Michael Gough (Mikhel), Eileen Atkins (Ostrakova), and even the unknown Stephen Riddle (Mostyn). Paul Herzberg's good simple Villem is a treat, and Beryl Reid as Connie Sachs does an even better job than in TINKER, showing Connie's mind a little further gone. Even the bit parts knock it out of the park with authenticity.

I was really glad that the Toby Esterhase character was finally given his linguistic head in this series. His Hungarian-English popcorn speech ("Fantastic! George! All your life!") is brought to life by Bernard Hepton, reprising his role from TINKER and showing himself equal to the novels' original dialog.

The SMILEY'S PEOPLE Special Features DVD has a different interview with John le Carré than the TINKER one does. Be sure to watch them both.


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