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Loring Mandel (screenplay)
John le Carré (novel)
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19 October 1984 (USA) See more »
She will become their most deadly weapon. As long as they can make her fall in love. See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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This is a twisty, winding road brimming with political intrigue. See more (26 total) »


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Diane Keaton ... Charlie

Yorgo Voyagis ... Joseph

Klaus Kinski ... Martin Kurtz

Sami Frey ... Khalil

Michael Cristofer ... Tayeh

Eli Danker ... Litvak
Ben Levine ... Dimitri

Jonathan Sagall ... 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
Avi Keiddar ... Raoul
David Shalit ... Zev

Dor Zweigenboim ... Udi

Anna Massey ... Chairlady
Thorley Walters ... Ned Quilley

Julian Firth ... Young Man
Simon Osman ... Eszra

Albert Moses ... Green Grocer
Ben Robertson ... Policeman

John le Carré ... Commander (as David Cornwell)
Sebastian Graham Jones ... Director
Gawn Grainger ... Actor
Michael Graham Cox ... Donald / Soldier
Illona Linthwaite ... Lucy
Irene Marot ... Pam

Bill Nighy ... Al (Theatre Company)
Dee Sadler ... Diana
Melanie Kilburn ... Heloise
Rowena Cooper ... Miss Bach

Peter Capell ... Schwili
Sasi Sa'ad ... Leon
Heinz Weiss ... Red Cross

Rolf Becker ... Red Cross

Ori Levy ... Lenny
Moti Shirin ... Michel
Robert Pereno ... Rossino
Kerstin De Ahna ... Helga
Yasein Shawaf ... Cadre
Suhel Haddad ... Danny

Dana Wheeler-Nicholson ... Katrin
Mohammed Kassas ... Boy 1
Johnny Arbid ... Boy 2
Mohammed Ali Badarni ... Boy 3
Mahmoud Abu Elkhair ... Abdoul

Jeff Lester ... American
Prosper Saul ... Translator
Adib Jashon ... Bomb Instructor

Reinhard Kolldehoff ... Inspector
Shimon Finkel ... Professor Minkel
Elisabeth Neumann-Viertel ... Mrs. Minkel
Yossi Werzansky ... Ben Ami
Aviva Joel ... Mrs. Ben Ami
Noam Almaz ... Gabriel
Dieter Augustin ... Freiburg City Official
Max Schillinger ... Bus Driver

David Suchet ... Mesterbein
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dani Roth ... Oded (as Danni Roth)

Directed by
George Roy Hill 
Writing credits
Loring Mandel (screenplay)

John le Carré (novel "The Little Drummer Girl")

Produced by
Robert Crawford Jr. .... producer (as Robert L. Crawford)
Patrick Kelley .... executive producer
Dieter Meyer .... line producer
Original Music by
Dave Grusin 
Cinematography by
Wolfgang Treu 
Film Editing by
William Reynolds 
Production Design by
Henry Bumstead 
Art Direction by
Helmut Gassner 
Mikes Karapiperis 
Ariel Roshko 
Geoffrey Tozer 
Set Decoration by
Heidi Lüdi 
Costume Design by
Ille Sievers 
Kristi Zea 
Production Management
Gadi Levy .... production manager
Arno Ortmair .... unit production manager
Stefan Zürcher .... production manager
Michael Murray .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Don French .... first assistant director
Bettina Förg .... third assistant director
Michael D. Moore .... second unit director
Peter Waller .... second assistant director
Kevin Westley .... third assistant director
Art Department
Ze'ev Aloni .... art department
Celia Barnett .... assistant set decorator: UK
Barry Wilkinson .... property master
Simon Wilkinson .... dressing props
Sound Department
Stan Bochner .... sound editor
Kay Denmark .... adr boom operator
Kevin Lee .... sound effects editor
Lynn Sable .... assistant sound editor
Mel Zelniker .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Pini Klavir .... special effects coordinator
María Luisa Pino .... special effects/makeup assistant
Visual Effects by
Robert Wiesmann .... assistant camera: model unit
Dickey Beer .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Dimitris Bogiantzis .... second best boy electric
Murray Close .... still photographer
George Cole .... gaffer
George Hunt .... best boy
Avraham Leibman .... gaffer: Israel unit
Billy Merrell .... electrician (uncredited)
Editorial Department
William Kruzykowski .... assistant editor
Location Management
Nikos Doukas .... location manager
Christopher Knowles .... location manager
Music Department
Kevin Lee .... music editor
Milton Lustig .... music editor
Other crew
Andy Birmingham .... production accountant
Robin Demetriou .... catering supervisor
Yvonne Eastmond .... location accountant
Dieter Meyer .... production executive
Tina Simmons .... stand-in: Anna Massey (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"John le Carré's Little Drummer Girl" - International (English title) (informal title)
"John le Carré's The Little Drummer Girl" - International (English title) (informal title)
"Little Drummer Girl" - International (English title) (informal short title)
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130 min
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The previous cinema movie filmed adaptation of a John le Carré novel prior to The Little Drummer Girl (1984), The Looking Glass War (1970), had a title that contained the same number of words, with the first two beginning with the same consonants, with three of the title's words all having the same number of syllables.See more »
Charlie:God damn it, I believe in things. I believe in helping end the suffering.See more »
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15 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
This is a twisty, winding road brimming with political intrigue., 4 October 2001
Author: jmcmurry from Silver Spring, MD

This film is detailed and occasionally harsh, but told by a master storyteller. the director has modified the John LeCarre novel somewhat, but weaves a strong story. It's a little hard to follow if you don't know much about the world of Israeli/Palestinian conflict, but provides quite an education by its end.

It begins with the assassination (bombing) of an Israeli diplomat and family and then jumps to an American stage actress, Charlie (Diane Keaton), who's currently living in Britain. She is ideologically a supporter of the Palestinian cause. She has a problem with falling in love easily and sympathizing with her lover. You begin to see the wheels turning in Israeli intelligence as they research and try to react to this most recent terrorist bombing.

They skillfully recruit/seduce her by pretending to support the Palestinian movement. To be effective in their scheme, they need someone authentic. They try to get under her skin and into her personal psyche (why she is an actress, pain in her life). Klaus Kinski is superb as the head of the Israeli intelligence effort.

After feeling more confident, they put her work to infiltrate the Palestinian-backed terrorist camps to ultimately get to the almost impossible to find bomber Khalil. This involves serious physical/military training. She excels and is given more and more trusted tasks as the story progresses. The story takes many twists and is very detailed and realistic in it's portrayal of both sides. It gets a little heavy, but is fascinating to watch unfold even a second time.

I give it a solid recommendation.

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