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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:
A Great Film... but Buyer Beware See more (33 total) »

Cast

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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:The Grigorievs left their house five minutes ago. She's driving. Most likely they die before they get here.
George Smiley:Did she drive last week?
Toby Esterhase:Also the week before. She insists. George, that woman is a monster.
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19 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
A Great Film... but Buyer Beware, 26 November 2006
Author: dcurrie623 from United States

Judging by the other comments on this site, this episode of the 2 Smiley-BBC productions seems to disappoint some of it's fans. In my opinion, this is only slightly less praiseworthy than Tinker, Tailor and that is due to the previous high standard of its predecessor.

SP has excellent character parts, particularly Bernard Hepton as Tobe Esterhazy, Beryl Reid, and even the maligned Barry Foster as Saul Enderby. (His outstanding scene with Guinness on the roof after the consideration of Smiley's evidence about Karla is outrageously deleted in the Acorn DVD version. It's one one of my favorite moments.) Everyone in this production is outstanding and equal to their forbears in TTSS - almost all of whom are them! The fact that virtually every key person is back reprising their roles says a lot about the quality of this production. Mario Adorf plays another vivid character, Claus Kretschmar. Dammit, every actor is interesting, alive and vivid in this story.

I guess the discrepancy is due to the fact that this is an entirely different sort of thing than TTSS. This also is a detective story but with a different dynamic. Nonetheless the same qualities make this must viewing for every Smiley fan. SP has excellent character parts all of whom add texture to the slow unfolding of this tale. And that is what is good about it - the story unfolds with pieces coming to light after each of Smiley's interviews. (To anyone who has never seen the Smiley stories this might sound like a recipe for boredom, but in fact it is just the opposite. So yeah, you have to pay attention.) Now for the bad news.

The Acorn DVD is a travesty.

With about forty minutes cut and scenes shortened and juxtaposed, this is NOT the Smiley's People that appeared on PBS and the BBC videotape. While the story can be followed and enjoyed to a point, there are moments when the cutting is abrupt and the story jumps with the viewer wondering why some things are happening and 'did I miss something?'. The answer is yes. For example, Villem's part is cut and his reason for going to Hamburg are not explained. The previously mentioned Enderby-Smiley scene is nowhere to be found.

I don't know where or why this particular 'version' of Smiley's People was found or used but it as an extreme disappointment to me and to viewers who are coming new to this film. No wonder it gets such mixed reviews.

With the story stretched to 3 DVDs surely someone should have noticed.

A great film, a very disappointing DVD.

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