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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 

TV-14 | | Drama, Thriller | TV Mini-Series (1979)
In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced out of semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6's echelons.
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Top Rated TV #166 | Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
...  George Smiley 7 episodes, 1979
...  Peter Guillam 7 episodes, 1979
...  Sir Oliver Lacon / ... 7 episodes, 1979
...  Mendel 7 episodes, 1979
...  Toby Esterhase 5 episodes, 1979
...  Bill Haydon 5 episodes, 1979
...  Ricki Tarr 5 episodes, 1979
...  Roy Bland 4 episodes, 1979
...  Jim Prideaux 4 episodes, 1979
...  Percy Alleline 4 episodes, 1979
Alec Sabin ...  Fawn 4 episodes, 1979
...  Control 3 episodes, 1979
Duncan Jones ...  Roach 3 episodes, 1979
Daniel Beecher ...  Spikely 3 episodes, 1979
...  Connie Sachs 2 episodes, 1979
John Wells ...  Headmaster 2 episodes, 1979
Frank Compton ...  Bryant 2 episodes, 1979
Frank Moorey ...  Lauda Strickland 2 episodes, 1979
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George Smiley has been retired for about a year when he finds a friend from the Circus, his old outfit in British Intelligence, sitting in his living room. He is taken to the home of an advisor to the Prime Minister on intelligence matters, where he finds evidence that one of the men in the senior ranks of his old agency is a Russian spy. Smiley is asked to find him, without official access to any of the files in the Circus or letting on that anyone is under suspicion. With only a few old friends, his own powers of deduction, and secrecy as weapons, Smiley must unearth the spy who turned him out of the Circus. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Sir Alec Guinness is the definitive Smiley in this superb production of John le Carré's gripping novel. See more »

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29 September 1980 (USA)  »

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König, Dame, As, Spion  »

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Alexander Knox and Ian Bannen play the eponymous "Control" and British spy Jim Prideaux, working to identify a Soviet mole in British intelligence. They would later appear as dedicated Soviet officials in Gorky Park (1983) - as the Soviet General and Prosecutor Iamskoy - there trying to identify three murder victims in Moscow whose identities have been removed. See more »

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During the outdoor daytime scene where Smiley converses with Prideaux, they are tracked by the camera as they walk across a field. At one point, when they are nearest the camera, the shadows of some crew members are just about visible on Prideaux's coat. See more »

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George Smiley: What are you going to do about it?
Control: Depends on "it". I'll wait for "it" to show itself.
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The opening credits show a set of Russian matryoshka dolls. One doll opens up to reveal a doll more irate than the other one, and the final doll is seen as being faceless. This was inspired by a line at the end of the "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" novel: "Smiley settled on a picture of one of those little Russian dolls that open up to reveal one inside the other, and another inside him. Of all men living, only Karla had seen the last little doll inside..." See more »

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Referenced in Conan: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Rabbi (2011) See more »

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Nunc Dimittis
Composed by Geoffrey Burgon
Sung by Paul Phoenix and the Boys of the St Paul's Cathedral Choir
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Breathtaking acting, direction and suspense
25 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

Having just watched this film again (for about the tenth time) I am moved to say that few adaptations have brought such a well crafted book to the screen so brilliantly. Perhaps this was because the author also provided the screenplay ?

The acting, direction, lighting are superb and the whole is only further enhanced by the haunting music of Burgon. The pace and suspense are every bit as thrilling as the book.

One tip for lovers of this movie : try and get a copy of the follow-up, namely Smiley's People. It takes over very gently from Tinker, Tailor and leads on to the ultimate conclusion of Smiley's career.

Bravo !


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