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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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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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The enemy is within. See more »


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

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£20,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$24,104,113 (USA) (16 March 2012)
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In the 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' novel, Jim Prideaux's mission took place in Czechoslovakia; in the film the mission takes place in Hungary. The change in location was because Hungary offers a 20% tax reduction for film productions. See more »

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The 1973 establishing shot of the Budapest Parliament building shows no red star on the dome. The giant red star was put there during the communist era and was removed during the early 1990's. See more »

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[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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The National Anthem of the USSR
Written by Alexander V. Aleksandrov, Sergey V. Mikhalkov, and Gabriel A. El-REgistan
Performed by The Red Army Choir
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Chronological editing too confusing
19 September 2011 | by See all my reviews

Great cast of actors. Great visuals. But... the chronological editing of events is just too confusing. It goes back and forth through time and you've no idea of when a transition occurs, that is, if the next scene is a continuation of the last one or gone back in time or back to the present. I couldn't tell if there were 10 or 50 time changes. I could tell from the silence in the auditorium last night that no one else understood it either, perhaps this is why the critics have given it such high ratings. I think this gratuitous confusion added to the film really takes away from it. I won't bother trying to watch and understand it again.


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