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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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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
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Julio (as Juliano Mer)
Sabi Dorr ...
Ben
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David
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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 will become their most deadly weapon. As long as they can make her fall in love. See more »

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19 October 1984 (USA)  »

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A Garota do Tambor  »

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Opening Weekend:

$2,632,719 (USA) (21 October 1984)

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$7,828,841 (USA)
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The film's source novel is one of author John Grisham's favorite novels. Grisham has said: "I love to read John le Carré, the British guy who's really probably my favorite writer. The Little Drummer Girl is a book I read about every four or five years. It's just so clever and brilliantly plotted. It's the kinda' book-and his writing is off the charts, the way he expresses himself and the way he describes people and dialogue - and every time I read that book, it inspires me to be better." See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Cybill: The Little Drummer Girls (1996) See more »

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Here's a gritty look at the world of counter-terrorism
22 January 1999 | by (Rio Grande City, TX) – See all my reviews

This movie's not for the timid but it is for those who like realism, who enjoy the twists and turns of intrigue and who are riveted by intricacies in plot development. It's a movie which reveals what it's all about to the heroine and viewers only as the plot develops and that's refreshingly like life.


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