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Release Date:
25 October 1982 (USA) See more »
Called out of retirement to settle the affairs of a friend, Smiley finds his old organization, the Circus... See more »
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Another exciting film based on a LeCarre novel. See more (33 total) »


 (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)

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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Did You Know?

John le Carré, author of the novel 'Smiley's People' and screenwriter on the TV series, does a pretty good Alec Guinness impression on the DVD special features interview.See more »
Saul Enderby:Oh, that reminds me, George. Did you twist that young fellow Mostyn's tail, by any chance?
George Smiley:Whatever do you mean?
Saul Enderby:Yes, I thought so. That's why I sacked him. Tried to sell him to the BBC, but they wouldn't have him. What's he up to now, Strickland?
Lauder Strickland:He's in retreat, sir. Joined an order of Franciscan monks near Ipswich.
Saul Enderby:Ipswich, eh? Cold bloody spot to pray.
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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Another exciting film based on a LeCarre novel., 19 May 1999
Author: Dan Stephan ( from Palo Alto, California, USA

I saw it this once on PBS Television and believe that this brilliant BBC film should be released on videotape !! Why does "Smiley's People" (based on a novel by John LeCarre like his others - "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy", "Spy Who Came In From The Cold", and "Russia House") stay on the shelf ? Perhaps this the plot is too complicated for most film distributors. In any case, Alex Guinness is totally convincing as George Smiley, a decent and intelligent man who decides, at last, to act against evil. What happens is always exciting and, above all, makes us think. This is a terrific story !!

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