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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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 Peter Guillam (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Alexandra Ostrakova (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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25 October 1982 (USA)  »

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After watching the early rushes of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979), John Hopkins and John le Carré re-drafted the script of this series to subtly change George Smiley's character to use Alec Guinness's performance to greater effect. See more »

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[on Grigoriev]
George Smiley: So which way will he jump when we hit him?
Toby Esterhase: Burning, George, that's always a hazard, know what I mean? Some guys get heroic and want to die for their countries suddenly. Other guys roll over and lie still the moment you put the arm on them. Burning, that touches the stubbornness in certain people.
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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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One of the great spy films of all time.
12 June 2003 | by (Toronto Canada) – See all my reviews

Definitely the best film version of the books. More artful than Tinker Tailor and much more intense. The characters are more developed, especially Smiley's. The end of the movie had me on the edge of my seat, the suspense was incredible. If you enjoy spy films, this is absolutely essential viewing.

If only they made films this great all the time! (now available on DVD)


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