A Perfect Spy (1987)

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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »
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 Rick Pym (6 episodes, 1987)
Rüdiger Weigang ...
 Axel (6 episodes, 1987)
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 Jack Brotherhood (6 episodes, 1987)
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 Magnus Pym (5 episodes, 1987)
Jane Booker ...
 Mary Pym / ... (5 episodes, 1987)
Tim Healy ...
 Syd Lemon (5 episodes, 1987)
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 Miss Dubber (3 episodes, 1987)
Andy de la Tour ...
 Muspole (3 episodes, 1987)
Jack Ellis ...
 Perce Loft (3 episodes, 1987)
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This is the story of Magnus Pym, from his childhood to the end of his career in middle age. As a young man, there is little doubt that his father Rick was the most influential character in his life. Rick was a raconteur, con man, thief, black marketer and all in all, simply larger than life. From a young age, Rick included Magnus in his schemes and the young man learned that you would do anything for the ones you love. When a university student in Switzerland, Pym meets the other person who will have the greatest influence in his life, Axel, a Czech refugee. As Pym enters his career in the British Secret Service, his relationship with Axel and the values he developed in childhood lead him down his own path of betrayal and loyalty. Written by garykmcd

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4 November 1987 (UK)  »

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This BBC mini-series from a John le Carré novel was the first one not to star Alec Guinness. It was also the first one not to feature le Carré's famous George Smiley character which was played by Guinness. See more »

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Featured in Wogan: Episode dated 25 January 1989 (1989) See more »

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More human tragedy than espionage - beautiful characterisation
1 January 2000 | by (NSW, Australia) – See all my reviews

This is an extremely long movie, which means you may become very bored before it becomes interesting, but its length provides opportunity for its characters to find permanent attachment in your sympathies.

If you are moved by the guilt of the loathsome you will find it particularly heart-wrenching, because it is a story that finds its heroes among the evil and the weak. If you can love a monster you'll cry for Magnus Pym, the spy who betrays everyone - notably his country, his friends and family - a man who has also been manipulated and moulded since childhood by those same people.

There isn't one truly likeable character in the entire story, not one loyal, 'moral' personality to sympathise with. But watching the whole thing without the help of a tissue would be quite remarkable.

I really enjoyed it in the end. Well worth it for people who like inciteful movies about baser human character.


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