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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

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In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6.

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Storyline

In the early 1970s during the Cold War, the head of British Intelligence, Control, resigns after an operation in Budapest, Hungary goes badly wrong. It transpires that Control believed one of four senior figures in the service was in fact a Russian agent - a mole - and the Hungary operation was an attempt to identify which of them it was. Smiley had been forced into retirement by the departure of Control, but is asked by a senior government figure to investigate a story told to him by a rogue agent, Ricky Tarr, that there was a mole. Smiley considers that the failure of the Hungary operation and the continuing success of Operation Witchcraft (an apparent source of significant Soviet intelligence) confirms this, and takes up the task of finding him. Written by David Brain

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At the height of the Cold War, only a master spy could be trusted to expose one of their own. See more »


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Rated R for violence, some sexuality/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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6 January 2012 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

£20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$310,562 (USA) (9 December 2011)

Gross:

$24,104,113 (USA) (16 March 2012)
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Trivia

Connie Sachs' line about feeling "under-fucked" was allegedly originally spoken to John le Carré by W.H. Auden. See more »

Goofs

A scene in Istanbul showed a tram. There were no trams in Istanbul in 1973. They were in use up until the mid/late 1960s, at which point they were discontinued, and then re-introduced in the 1990s. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Control: [opening door] You weren't followed?
Jim Prideaux: No.
Control: Better come in.
Control: Trust no one, Jim. Especially not in the mainstream.
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The ending credit list starts on the right side of the screen, moving slowly to the left, and ended on the right side of the screen. See more »

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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.19 (2011) See more »

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The Second Best Secret Agent In The Whole Wide World
Written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
Performed by Sammy Davis Jr.
Courtesy of Manny Davis
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Unnecessarily Confusing.
8 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If anybody says they could follow this movie without having read the book, they are not telling the truth. The movie is unnecessarily complex and confusing and not the least bit enjoyable to watch.

I would advise people to skip the first 2 hours of this movie and just catch the final 8 minutes. They will find out everything they need to know without having to endure a great deal of confusion and frustration.

I think this movie falls into the same category as the story about The Emperor Who Had No Clothes. People just aren't willing to admit that that they didn't know what the heck was going on.


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