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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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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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"You want to crack the terror target these days you practically have to build yourself your own terrorist first." See more »

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19 October 1984 (USA)  »

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A Garota do Tambor  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,632,719, 21 October 1984, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,828,841
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Halliwells noted that "[source novelist] author [John] Le Carré' appears in a small role under his real name of David Cornwell". 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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Diane Keaton was poorly cast as Charlie!
25 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

John Le Carré (David John Moore Cornwell) clearly had Judy Davis (not Vanessa Redgrave, as some would maintain) in mind to play the role of Charlie when he wrote Little Drummer Girl.

I have been a fan of John Le Carré since his first book, Call for the Dead in 1961. I have read all of his works and I have seen all the TV and movie adaptations. When he writes a book or story he is thinking of certain actors that will (can) bring his characters to life.

I must admit that the script and casting for Little Drummer Girl were good enough, however, casting Diane Keaton in a part that was intended for Judy Davis (a powerful actor) destroyed most of the potential of a movie that could have garnered several Academy Awards. Diane Keaton is a nice, sweet little woman, and she was pleasant in Annie Hall, and that is all that she is capable of doing. Diane Keaton playing Charlie, a radical left-wing English actress was absurd and, at best, a travesty, of the original story.

It was an ordeal watching Diane Keaton in this movie, missing 90 percent of the potential of the part she was given!


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