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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) Poster

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George Smiley: I want to talk about loyalty, Toby. Control recruited you, didn't he? He found you starving in a museum in Vienna, a wanted man. He saved your life, I heard. And yet, when the time came... when it came to picking sides between him and Allenine, you didn't hesitate. It's understandable, perhaps, with your war experience. You survived this long, I suppose, because of your ability to change sides, to serve any master.

Easterhase: What's... what's this about, George?

George Smiley: It's about which master you've been serving, Toby.

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[a teenage couple are making out in front of Connie and Smiley]

Connie Sachs: I don't know about you George, but I'm feeling seriously under-fucked!

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George Smiley: [on Karla] He's a fanatic. And the fanatic is always concealing a secret doubt.

Oliver Lacon: It's the oldest question of all, George. Who can spy on the spies?

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Bill Haydon: [on the phone] As I said, you may fuck me but you still have to call me "Sir" in the morning.

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[last lines]

Bill Roach: I made this for you, sir.

Jim Prideaux: I don't want you hanging around here anymore. Keep away from me from now on. Go and join the others.

Bill Roach: But...

Jim Prideaux: Just bloody join in, will you?

Jim Prideaux: Go and play! Damn you!

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Control: I know that Moscow has planted a mole, and I know it is one of five men.

[starts placing out chess pieces with photos on them]

Control: Allenine: Tinker. Haydon: Tailor. Bland: Soldier. We leave out "Sailor", too much like "Tailor". Esterhase: Poorman.

Jim Prideaux: And the fifth?

Control: Smiley.

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[from trailer]

Oliver Lacon: [to Smiley] There's a mole, right at the top of the Circus. And he's been there for years.

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[from trailer]

Irina: [to Tarr] I know who you are.

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[from trailer]

Control: We have a rotten apple, Jim.

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Bill Haydon: [to Smiley] Karla said you were very good, the one we had to worry about. But you do have a blind spot. And if I was known to be Ann's lover, you wouldn't be able to see me straight. And he was right, up to a point.

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Ricki Tarr: They're going to kill me.

George Smiley: Who is?

Ricki Tarr: Your lot. Or their lot, whoever gets me first. I'm innocent. Within reason.

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[from trailer]

George Smiley: [to Karla] We are not so very different, you and I. We've both spent our lives looking for the weaknesses in one another.

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[from trailer]

Ricki Tarr: [about Irina] She had information concerning a double agent. What she told me was sensational...

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[from trailer]

Control: All I want from you is one codename: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier...

George Smiley: ...Spy.

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Ricki Tarr: Mr Guillam, I'm sorry I was out for so long.

[Guillam attacks Tarr]

George Smiley: Ricki's been helping us, Peter! He's been telling us all about his adventures.

Peter Guillam: He's a double, George! There is no mole! Irina's been locked up by Moscow!

[turns on Tarr]

Peter Guillam: I stole that, because of you! I spied on my own, because of him! Do you know how that makes me feel?

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Irina: I have something to trade. Something big.

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Ricki Tarr: She told me she had a secret, the mother of all secrets...

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Connie Sachs: It was a good time back then.

George Smiley: It was a war, Connie.

Connie Sachs: A war we could be proud of.

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Bill Haydon: I thought I'd pop down and catch a glimpse at the new girl before Bland gets to her.

Peter Guillam: Ah, yes, Belinda the Blonde.

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[Haydon rides a bicycle into the Circus office]

Peter Guillam: You got clearance for that?

Bill Haydon: Well, I'm not bloody chaining it up outside. Mind you, probably no better off in here with this bunch of bloody cut-throats, they'll have the gold out of your teeth!

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George Smiley: We're not so different, you and I. We've both spent our lives looking for the weakness in one another's systems. Don't you think it's time to recognize there is as little worth on your side as there is on mine?

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Minister: I thought Lacon had made it clear to you: keep your nose bloody well out of Witchcraft's business!

George Smiley: It's Lacon's advice I'm following.

[to Lacon]

George Smiley: You told me to follow in Control's footsteps.

Minister: I wouldn't consider that sound advice, given the mess Control left us with. It has taken Alleline - and if I may say so, myself - this long to get us back in the game.

George Smiley: The man Alleline and the others meet is called Polyakov. You believe his role is to bring information from Witchcraft to you. His real role is to receive information from the mole, to take back to Karla.

Minister: [laughing incredulously] That... that's not possible.

George Smiley: Made possible, by you, in the house which you persuaded the Treasury to pay for.

Minister: Witchcraft's intelligence is genuine! It's been gold!

George Smiley: It's just enough glitter amongst the chickenfeed. Control didn't believe in miracles, and he didn't believe in Witchcraft. But you were lazy, and you were greedy, and so you hounded him out of the Circus and you let Karla in. You've opened negotiations to exchange intelligence with the Americans...

[Realizing the implications of what Smiley is saying, the Minister starts to tremble]

George Smiley: What they tell the Circus, they'll be telling the Kremlin. Witchcraft's information, the "gold" Karla let you have, it wasn't to lure you. It was to lure the Americans. Now... do you want to take credit for that?

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[from trailer]

George Smiley: [to Guillam] I need you to do something for me. You have to assume they're watching you...

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[from trailer]

Easterhase: [to Smiley] Things aren't always what they seem.

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[from trailer]

Bill Haydon: What the hell are you doing up here?

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Roy Bland: For twenty-five years we've been the only thing standing between Moscow and the Third World War!

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Bill Haydon: It's become so ugly...

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Control: [pouring vodka generously into a punchbowl] It'll take us five hours to get drunk on this monkey's piss!

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Jim Prideaux: [on Roach] I've known a lot of Bills in my time. They've all been good ones. Whatcha good at?

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Bill Haydon: You really are a poison dwarf, Toby. Why don't you fuck off to his majesty and stop trying to involve me in your little cabaret.

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Control: [signs his resignation] A man should know when to leave the party...

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Ricki Tarr: Everything the Circus thinks is gold is shit.

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Jim Prideaux: [on Roach, to Bill] Best watcher in the unit, I'll bet. As long's he's got his specs on, aye?

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George Smiley: [discussing the veracity of a new report] Where did you get this?

Control: I didn't. Percy and his little cabal walked in with it.

Easterhase: Look, Control...

Control: Shut up!

Bill Haydon: Style, appalling. Blatantly a fabrication from beginning to end. Just could be the real thing.

Control: Smiley is suspicious, Percy.

George Smiley: Where did it come from? What's the access?

Percy Alleline: A new secret source of mine.

George Smiley: But how could he possibly have access?

Percy Alleline: He has access to the most sensitive levels of policy making. We named the Operation Witchcraft.

Control: Well, Percy and his pals bypassed us Smiley. Gone straight to the minister. Percy has been allowed to keep the identity of his new friend top secret.

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Wall Graffiti: The future is female.

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Ricki Tarr: [to Smiley] I want a wife and family, I don't want to end up like you.

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Connie Sachs: [to Smiley] Don't come back if it's awful! I'd rather remember you all just as you are.

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[from trailer]

George Smiley: Now is the time.

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[from trailer]

Ricki Tarr: I needed to see you.

George Smiley: Why?

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[from trailer]

George Smiley: What did you think of Control's theory?

Jim Prideaux: I thought it was madness!

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George Smiley: I know who it is. It's Karla.

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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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Percy Alleline: Arabs. You can rent one but you can't buy one. Right Bill?

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Connie Sachs: You could feel proud to be British back then.

George Smiley: It was war.

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