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The Little Drummer Girl (1984)

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
Sami Frey ...
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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Storyline

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 is the creation of ruthless men. She is le Carré's drummer girl. See more »

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19 October 1984 (USA)  »

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A Garota do Tambor  »

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$7,800,000 (USA)
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The film starred an Academy Award winning actress, Diane Keaton, who had won her Oscar for Woody Allen's Annie Hall (1977). Further, the film directed by an Academy Award winning director, George Roy Hill, who had won his Oscar for The Sting (1973). Both of these theatrical feature films also won the Academy Award for Best Picture in their respective year's of nomination. See more »

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Marty Kurtz: I trust you will not immediately foam at the mouth if I add that we are also Israeli citizens.
Charlie: Israelis?
Marty Kurtz: Unless it's your conviction that Israel should be swept into the sea. Is that your conviction Charlie?
Charlie: Israelis, huh?
Marty Kurtz: Do you feel you are among enemies here?
Charlie: Oh Christ, I don't know what gives you that idea! Oh no, anyone who kidnaps me is a friend for LIFE!
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Great Movie
22 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the best movie ever made about counter-terrorism. John LeCarre had obviously done his homework on Operation "Wrath of God," the Israeli operation to track down and eliminate the perpetrators of the 1972 Munich Olympic massacre, when he wrote the book this film was based on. The fact that both the 1972 Olympics were in Germany and much of the film is set (and filmed) in Germany only scratches the surface of the parallels. The trade-craft of covert operations in "The Little Drummer Girl" is so realistic the picture could be used as a training film. Klaus Kinski is particularly excellent as the chief of the Mossad team. I hope to see "The Little Drummer Girl" on DVD soon.


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