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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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How do you find an enemy who is hidden right before your eyes? 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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£2,814,860 (UK) (18 September 2011)

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$24,149,393 (USA) (22 March 2012)
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Just under fifteen cast and crew worked on this film and The Imitation Game (2014). This included Vera Horton, Denis Khoroshko, Mark Strong, and Benedict Cumberbatch. See more »

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When Smiley is first shown waiting on phone in the secret flat, you can see his shoes removed and under table. In the next scene a few seconds later, he is shown again with shoes on, which he then proceeds to remove. See more »

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[first lines]
Control: [opening door] You weren't followed?
Jim Prideaux: No.
Control: Better come in.
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There is a dedication in the closing credits: "For Bridget O'Connor". 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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Class all the way through
17 September 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have been eagerly awaiting this production for a long time and have not been disappointed. Never have I seen such a compilation of such fabulous performances together. No way is this another James Bond, it is how the world of espionage was, and is today. No car chases in Aston Martins or gadgets but a world of seedy little offices and the grim reality of this genre. What had the greatest impact on myself was the slow deep menace conveyed by all. Difficult to single out any one performance as all were amazing but I particularly admired Gary Oldman, Mark Strong and Tom Hardy for their work. At times this film has some unexpected moments of shocking cruelty. Complex character portrayal is presented in a slow deep style that only inspires you to know more about the person. The story itself is a classic and known by many, yet this production introduces a few changes which work well. One of the most absorbing and classy movies I have seen and has left a lasting impact on me. Please, please, please, make Smiley's People now.


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