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The Little Drummer Girl (1984)

 -  Thriller  -  19 October 1984 (USA)
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An American Actress with a penchant for lying is forceably recruited by Mosad, the Israeli intelligence agency to trap a Palestinian bomber, by pretending to be the girlfriend of his dead brother.

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Charlie
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Joseph
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Martin Kurtz
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Khalil
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Tayeh
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Litvak
Ben Levine ...
Dimitri
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Teddy
Shlomit Hagoel ...
Rose
Juliano Mer-Khamis ...
Julio (as Juliano Mer)
Sabi Dorr ...
Ben
Doron Nesher ...
David
Smadar Brener ...
Toby
Shoshi Marciano ...
Rachel
Philipp Moog ...
Aaron
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A Palestinian bomber has killed an Israeli diplomat and his family and the Israeli plot to neutralise him becomes convoluted as they select an American Actress (Charlie) to impersonate the Bomber's brother's girlfriend after the Israeli's capture and kill the brother. Charlie is placed into a world where she begins being an actress, then becomes a spy, then is trained by the Palestinians as a guerrilla and finally is sent to deliver a bomb. She is chronically confused by how far she is really supposed to go in her impersonations and how much of herself she must give up. From the book by John Le Carre Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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She will become their most deadly weapon. As long as they can make her fall in love.

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19 October 1984 (USA)  »

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$7,800,000 (USA)
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One of a number of movies made during the 1980s that looked at Middle Eastern politics and/or the Israeli-Palestine conflict. The films included The Soldier (1982), Wrong Is Right (1982), The Delta Force (1986), Witness in the War Zone (1987), The Impossible Spy (1987), The Glory Boys (1984), Hanna K. (1983) and The Little Drummer Girl (1984). See more »

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Marty Kurtz: Where would you have us go Charlie? Maybe you would prefer us to take a piece of Central Africa or Uruguay? Not Egypt, thank you, we tried that once and it was not a success. Or back to the ghettos?
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Klaus Kinski shines and is worth price of admission alone.
6 October 2001 | by (philippines) – See all my reviews

The director is weak, the original story is great. What can I say, I'm an avid le Carre fan! To paraphrase Sidney Bruhl (Michael Caine in Deathrap, 1982) it's a story so good a bad director can't f**k it up. Check out the other comments, I agree with them. Klaus Kinski is great, he chews the scenery, and the supporting cast are all mini-gems. I was trying to decide if I liked Yorgo Voyagis, and I do. He may be too still for some people, but I believe Diane when she falls in love with him. And he has haunted eyes when he has to do bad things which are necessary for the Cause. Diane Keaton is so miscast. She's too old, she can't be an American doing St. Joan in England! She's good, but she can't be Charlie, she just can't. Maybe Helena Bonham-Carter, or Vanessa Redgrave when she was young, oh heck, there must be hundreds of english actresses slavering for this role at that time.

Nevertheless, I love the movie despite Diane Keaton (she does a good job, it's just I can't buy her in the role!).


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