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1
Release Date:
25 October 1982 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Called out of retirement to settle the affairs of a friend, Smiley finds his old organization, the Circus... See more »
Awards:
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Guinness is the definitive Smiley See more (33 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 10 of 30)

Alec Guinness ... George Smiley (6 episodes, 1982)

Eileen Atkins ... Madame Ostrakova (4 episodes, 1982)

Bill Paterson ... 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)

Michael Byrne ... 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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Series Directed by
Simon Langton (6 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Writing credits
John Hopkins (6 episodes, 1982)
John le Carré (6 episodes, 1982)

Series Produced by
Jonathan Powell .... producer (6 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Original Music by
Patrick Gowers (6 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Cinematography by
Kenneth MacMillan (6 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Film Editing by
Clare Douglas (3 episodes, 1982)
Chris Wimble (3 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Production Design by
Austen Spriggs (6 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Costume Design by
Sheila Beers (6 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Makeup Department
Elizabeth Rowell .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Production Management
Richard Cox .... production manager (6 episodes, 1982)
Marion McDougall .... production manager (6 episodes, 1982)
Jeremy Silberston .... production manager (6 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Art Department
Stewart Austin .... graphic designer (6 episodes, 1982)
David Privett .... properties buyer (6 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Sound Department
Ken Hains .... dubbing mixer (6 episodes, 1982)
Michael Parker .... dubbing editor (3 episodes, 1982)
John Strickland .... dubbing editor (3 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Stuart Brisdon .... visual effects designer (1 episode, 1982)
 
Series Stunts
Rémy Julienne .... stunt arranger (1 episode, 1982)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Roy Russell .... chief grip (2 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Music Department
Patrick Gowers .... conductor (5 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Other crew
Gordon Ronald .... assistant floor manager / production assistant (6 episodes, 1982)
Marcia Wheeler .... production associate (6 episodes, 1982)
Diana Brookes .... production assistant (4 episodes, 1982)
Riitta Lynn .... assistant floor manager (3 episodes, 1982)
Lynn Richards .... assistant floor manager / production assistant (3 episodes, 1982)
Renato Egger .... location manager (2 episodes, 1982)
Antoine Gannagé .... location manager (2 episodes, 1982)
Hans-Stefan Heyne .... location manager (2 episodes, 1982)
Olivier Péray .... location manager (2 episodes, 1982)
Rainer Swietochowski .... location manager (2 episodes, 1982)
Sandor Von Orosz .... location manager (2 episodes, 1982)
 

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UK:360 min (6 parts)
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Trivia:
Curd Jürgens, who has a major cameo, died a couple of months before transmission.See more »
Quotes:
Toby Esterhase:You do not buy photographs from Otto Leipzig, you don't buy Degas from Signor Benati, you follow me?See more »
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38 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Guinness is the definitive Smiley, 8 August 2000
Author: hgallon from Derbyshire, UK

The recent death of Sir Alec Guinness prompted me to wonder which role in his very long career he should be remembered for, and I believe it should be his portrayal of John Le Carre's master spy and inadequate man, George Smiley.

"Smiley's People", like the earlier "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy", derives much of its fascination from its mundane realism. Le Carre, unlike many espionage authors, really knew the setting, the techniques and many of the people. The TV series follows every detail of the novel and cannot be faulted on any grounds of atmosphere.

The cast list has a plethora of famous names, some so heavily made up and convincingly acted as to be unrecognisable as themselves. Guinness's gelid tones and painstakingly slow gestures manage to put them all, even the bubbly Bernard Hepton and Beryl Reid, in the shade. Especially in the final scene, where all Smiley's friends and supporters are practically dancing with joy, Guinness's studied absence of emotion dominates.

Few corporations other than the BBC would dare drag a 200-page novel out to over 4 hours of TV time, and very few actors other than Sir Alec Guinness could have held the viewer fascinated throughout such a marathon.

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