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 ... See full summary »
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1987  
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)
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 Muspole (3 episodes, 1987)
Jack Ellis ...
 Perce Loft (3 episodes, 1987)
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 Magnus Pym (2 episodes, 1987)
Leonard Preston ...
 Fergus (2 episodes, 1987)
Sarah Bullen ...
 Kate (2 episodes, 1987)
Madeline Church ...
 Georgie (2 episodes, 1987)
Paul Daneman ...
 Bo Brammell (2 episodes, 1987)
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 Nigel (2 episodes, 1987)
Lesley Nightingale ...
 Sabina (2 episodes, 1987)
Ian Thompson ...
 Police Superintendent (2 episodes, 1987)
Alan Cohen ...
 Dance Band Leader (2 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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The Wikipedia website states: "A Perfect Spy [1986] is [John] le Carré's most autobiographical book. As the author himself has admitted, a large part of the novel is a thinly disguised account of le Carré's own early life. Before he became a novelist, David Cornwell (John le Carré) was an intelligence officer for MI6, the British intelligence service, although there are no allegations that he ever betrayed his country and spied for another country like the character Magnus Pym. Like Magnus, le Carré lost his mother at an early age, was sent to an abusive prep school, studied languages at the University of Berne in Switzerland, in the 1950s worked for the Intelligence Corps of the British Army in Austria interrogating Czech defectors, and at Oxford University spied on far-left student groups for MI5." 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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