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The Little Drummer Girl (1984)

An American Actress with a penchant for lying is forceably recruited by Mosad, the Israeli intelligence agency to trap a Palestinian bomber, by pretending to be the girlfriend of his dead brother.

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George Roy Hill

Writers:

Loring Mandel (screenplay), John le Carré (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Diane Keaton ... Charlie
Yorgo Voyagis ... Joseph
Klaus Kinski ... Martin Kurtz
Sami Frey ... Khalil
Michael Cristofer ... Tayeh
Eli Danker ... Litvak
Ben Levine Ben Levine ... Dimitri
Jonathan Sagall ... Teddy
Shlomit Hagoel Shlomit Hagoel ... Rose
Juliano Mer-Khamis ... Julio (as Juliano Mer)
Sabi Dorr Sabi Dorr ... Ben
Doron Nesher ... David
Smadar Brener ... Toby
Shoshi Marciano Shoshi Marciano ... Rachel
Philipp Moog ... Aaron
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Storyline

A Palestinian bomber has killed an Israeli diplomat and his family and the Israeli plot to neutralise him becomes convoluted as they select an American Actress (Charlie) to impersonate the Bomber's brother's girlfriend after the Israeli's capture and kill the brother. Charlie is placed into a world where she begins being an actress, then becomes a spy, then is trained by the Palestinians as a guerrilla and finally is sent to deliver a bomb. She is chronically confused by how far she is really supposed to go in her impersonations and how much of herself she must give up. From the book by John Le Carre Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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She will become their most deadly weapon. As long as they can make her fall in love. See more »

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Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 October 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Garota do Tambor See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,632,719, 21 October 1984, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,828,841
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1.85 : 1
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First ever film or television John le Carré filmed adaptation which featured a cameo performance from it source novelist John le Carré. See more »

Quotes

Charlie: So I lied, that only makes us even. I don't see what it has to do with my politics.
Joseph: Possibly they're as much a lie as your past.
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Diane Keaton was poorly cast as Charlie!
25 May 2007 | by QREXSee all my reviews

John Le Carré (David John Moore Cornwell) clearly had Judy Davis (not Vanessa Redgrave, as some would maintain) in mind to play the role of Charlie when he wrote Little Drummer Girl.

I have been a fan of John Le Carré since his first book, Call for the Dead in 1961. I have read all of his works and I have seen all the TV and movie adaptations. When he writes a book or story he is thinking of certain actors that will (can) bring his characters to life.

I must admit that the script and casting for Little Drummer Girl were good enough, however, casting Diane Keaton in a part that was intended for Judy Davis (a powerful actor) destroyed most of the potential of a movie that could have garnered several Academy Awards. Diane Keaton is a nice, sweet little woman, and she was pleasant in Annie Hall, and that is all that she is capable of doing. Diane Keaton playing Charlie, a radical left-wing English actress was absurd and, at best, a travesty, of the original story.

It was an ordeal watching Diane Keaton in this movie, missing 90 percent of the potential of the part she was given!


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