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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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)
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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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 Oliver Lacon (3 episodes, 1982)
Tusse Silberg ...
 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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Smiley and Karla in the final confrontation. See more »

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25 October 1982 (USA)  »

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Both Curd Jürgens and Michael Lonsdale had previously appeared as antagonists in the OO7 James Bond films: Jurgens had played Karl Stromberg in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), and Lonsdale had played Hugo Drax in Moonraker (1979). See more »

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Saul Enderby: Well, why doesn't he dig up his treasure? Put it somewhere else and cover his traces? The shit's in the fan, he knows that, Kirov's confessed!
George Smiley: Perhaps the treasure refuses to be moved. Perhaps Karla's options have run out.
Saul Enderby: It's daylight madness to leave that Swiss bank account intact!
George Smiley: It was daylight madness to use a fool like Kirov. It was madness to approach Ostrakova, and madness to believe that by killing three people he could stop the leak.
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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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Fantastic and better than Tinker, Tailor
15 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

I have to say I loved this and it got better as the story unravelled. This was something that is all too rare now - a story which takes it's time and teats the viewer as an adult (a great antidote for all the Hollywood contrived happy endings that make me bilious just to think of them). I love the fact that we didn't have a clue what was going on til almost half weay through, I loved the fact that we didn't need every small detail explained ad nausium, but most of all I loved the fact you had to pay attention, listen and think for a change. Guinness was his usual flawless self and wonderfully under-stated, but I must admit to getting twinges of Deadringers in the car showroom every now and then. And to those who did not understand Barry Fosters over-the-top portrayal of Saul Enderby - that was the point he was meant to be a thoroughly tasteless David Brent character, right down to his Eton tie.


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