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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 »
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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:
Producers wanted Michael Jayston to play Peter Guillam as he did in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" (1979), but he was already committed to something else when filming began so Michael Byrne was cast instead.See more »
Quotes:
George Smiley:What do you want me to do?
Oliver Lacon:I want you to bury him, in both senses. I want you to pour oil on the waters, not muddy them.
George Smiley:[deliberately] Tell me what you want me to do, Oliver.
Oliver Lacon:It's what I don't want you to do. He was a man with an obsession. So were you once. You know who his buddies are, who he hunted with. Speak to them. If there's any milk been spilt, I trust you to get it back into the bottle. You're his executor, George. Tidy him up. Keep us out of it. And don't wander.
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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Smiley comes out of retirement… again, 29 November 2007
Author: Daniel Kincaid from Canada

"Smiley's People" is the sequel miniseries to "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" and is also based on a novel by John le Carré. In this series, George Smiley investigates the murder of a Russian general formerly passing information to the Circus which puts him on the trail of his old rival, Soviet spy master "Karla".

As with "Tinker, Tailor", Alec Guinness is perfect in a subtle performance as George Smiley. The returning performers and new performances are solid as well.

"Smiley's People" is at least up to the high standard of "Tinker, Tailor" and perhaps better. Whereas in "Tinker, Tailor" Smiley investigated within a limited circle of people and limited area, in this series the locations and characters are more varied. In this way the plot of "Smiley's People" requires more focus to understand the connections between characters, which I enjoyed.

As with "Tinker, Tailor", the style consisted mostly of Smiley conversing with people for information, so this series is also not appropriate for those looking for a fast-paced James Bond type spy thriller, but enjoyable for those looking for a deliberately paced spy film. It is worth noting the final scene, which is impressively tense and provides an interesting and appropriate conclusion.

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