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Smiley's People 

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The murder of a Soviet defector forces his old handler, British spymaster George Smiley, out of retirement. His investigation leads to an old nemesis, the Soviet spymaster known only as Karla. This will be their final dance.
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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Alec Guinness ...  George Smiley 6 episodes, 1982
Eileen Atkins ...  Madame Ostrakova 4 episodes, 1982
Bill Paterson ...  Lauder Strickland 4 episodes, 1982
Vladek Sheybal ...  Otto Leipzig / ... 4 episodes, 1982
Andy Bradford ...  Ferguson 4 episodes, 1982
Bernard Hepton ...  Toby Esterhase 3 episodes, 1982
Michael Byrne ...  Peter Guillam 3 episodes, 1982
Anthony Bate ...  Oliver Lacon 3 episodes, 1982
Tusse Silberg Tusse Silberg ...  Alexandra Ostrakova 3 episodes, 1982
Germaine Delbat Germaine Delbat ...  Madame La Pierre 3 episodes, 1982
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Called out of retirement to settle the affairs of a friend, Smiley finds his old organization, the Circus, so overwhelmed by political considerations that it doesn't want to know what happened. He begins to follow up the clues of his friends past days, discovering that the clues lead to a high person in the Russian Secret service, and a secret important enough to kill for. Smiley continues to put together the pieces a step ahead or a step behind the Russian killers. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Smiley and Karla in the final confrontation. See more »

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Drama | Mystery

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UK

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English

Release Date:

25 October 1982 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Bern, Kanton Bern, Switzerland See more »

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(6 parts) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Author John le Carré does a pretty good Sir Alec Guinness impression on the DVD special features interview. See more »

Quotes

George Smiley: And the safety signal? The signal which says "I am not being followed".
Villem Craven: Was Hamburg newspaper from yesterday.
Stella Craven: Oh, Bill. Bill, you stupid bloody fool.
[she walks away]
Stella Craven: I mean why didn't they just put it in the bloody post, whatever it is, and be done with it?
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The wooden planks in the opening credits are those of park benches. See more »

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One of the great spy films of all time.
12 June 2003 | by Vega74See all my reviews

Definitely the best film version of the books. More artful than Tinker Tailor and much more intense. The characters are more developed, especially Smiley's. The end of the movie had me on the edge of my seat, the suspense was incredible. If you enjoy spy films, this is absolutely essential viewing.

If only they made films this great all the time! (now available on DVD)


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