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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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 Toby Esterhase (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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The synopsis of this mini-series' source novel "Smiley's People" (1979) by John le Carré on his personal website reads: "'It's an emergency, George. You remember Vladimir? George, are you awake? You remember the old General?' The phone call that dragged George Smiley, acting Chief of the Circus, from his bed was a plea to return to active service. But only to bury the case, not to solve it...". See more »

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Saul Enderby: All right so far, everyone? Peter? Still stumbling along behind me, are you?
Peter Guillam: I think so, sir.
Saul Enderby: How's marriage?
Peter Guillam: Blissful, thank you, sir.
Saul Enderby: Give it three years.
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The opening credits feature a set of wooden planks, on which yellow chalk marks (the secret signal used by the spies) are scrawled. See more »

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Follows Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979) See more »

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The conclusion of a compelling series of stories about Smiley's world
19 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have read the books and seen the films countless times, and I am always held captive by the tales themselves. Guiness is incredibly subtle, showing pain, disgust, sadness, and finally determination with a mere eyebrow raised, a pinch of his lips, and a furrowed brow.

All the actors play their roles extremely well. I am particularly impressed by Eileen Atkins and Bernard Hepton. Even though, I assume due to time constraints, certain scenes from the book have been abbreviated, the general feel of the book - the increasing pressure and passion as we creep to the conclusion - is heart stopping.

I believe this is one of the great classic films of the 20th century.


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