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The Little Drummer Girl (1984)

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

Director:

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

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 October 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Garota do Tambor See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,632,719, 21 October 1984

Gross USA:

$7,828,841

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,828,841
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Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First theatrical feature film adaptation of a John le Carré for around fifteen years with the last at the time having been The Looking Glass War (1970) which had been made during the late 1960s. There was no cinema movie adaptation of a le Carre novel made during the 1970s decade. See more »

Quotes

Charlie: God damn it, I believe in things. I believe in helping end the suffering.
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Connections

Referenced in Cybill: The Little Drummer Girls (1996) See more »

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The Little Drummer Girl
21 September 1999 | by Smalling-2See all my reviews

An English actress, who is widely known for being adherent of Palestinian, is enlisted by the Israelis to catch one of the most dangerous Palestinian terrorists.

A best-selling spy novel (allegedly based on Vanessa Redgrave) from the pen of an exceptionally complex and downbeat author turns to be a superficially very slick, fast-paced and action-packed but vaguely unsatisfactory, long-winded thriller that cheats on both faithful adaptation and real political background. Worth watching for its technical flair and professional handling all round, the content has lost somewhere among the bloodshed.


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