6.1/10
1,767
29 user 8 critic

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.

Director:

George Roy Hill

Writers:

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

On Disc

at Amazon

1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A Palestinian assassin is targeting prominent Israelis. An English actress is recruited by the Israelis to infiltrate the assassin's terrorist cell. This will require all of her acting talents and put her at considerable risk.

Stars: Alexander Skarsgård, Michael Shannon, Simona Brown
Danger UXB (1979)
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Brian Ash is a young lieutenant who is assigned to a UXB unit in the early days of World War II. UXB (UneXploded Bomb) is the signal that an aerial bomb has not exploded. Ash's job is to ... See full summary »

Stars: Anthony Andrews, Maurice Roëves, George Innes
Certificate: M Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

From the John le Carré novel about a British spy, who sends a Polish defector to East Germany, to verify missile sites.

Director: Frank Pierson
Stars: Christopher Jones, Pia Degermark, Ralph Richardson
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An expatriate British publisher unexpectedly finds himself working for British intelligence to investigate people in Russia.

Director: Fred Schepisi
Stars: Sean Connery, Michelle Pfeiffer, Roy Scheider
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

British agent Alec Leamas refuses to come in from the Cold War during the 1960s, choosing to face another mission, which may prove to be his final one.

Director: Martin Ritt
Stars: Richard Burton, Oskar Werner, Claire Bloom
A Murder of Quality (TV Movie 1991)
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Taken from the book by John le Carre, George Smiley rallies to the aid of his former intelligence colleague, Ailsa Brimley, to investigate a mysterious letter from a junior master's wife at... See full summary »

Director: Gavin Millar
Stars: Denholm Elliott, Joss Ackland, Glenda Jackson
A Perfect Spy (1987)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

This is the story of Magnus Pym, from his childhood to the end of his career in middle age. As a young man, there is little doubt that his father Rick was the most influential character in ... See full summary »

Stars: Ray McAnally, Rüdiger Weigang, Alan Howard
Drama | Thriller | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A German spy ring plans to publicize a false rumor that Russia, who is fighting Germany, plans to invade neutral Turkey in order to ally them with the Nazis.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: George Raft, Brenda Marshall, Sydney Greenstreet
Edit

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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

"You want to crack the terror target these days you practically have to build yourself your own terrorist first." See more »

Genres:

Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

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 »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$7,828,841
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The previous cinema movie filmed adaptation of a John le Carré novel prior to The Little Drummer Girl (1984), The Looking Glass War (1970), had a title that contained the same number of words, with the first two beginning with the same consonants, with three of the title's words all having the same number of syllables. See more »

Quotes

Charlie: Why don't you leave the poor Arabs alone? Why don't you give them back the land you stole from them?
See more »

Connections

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

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Some exciting but confusing moments
12 June 2003 | by raymond-15See all my reviews

This 1984 film based on John Le Carre's book could well have been written just a few days ago. The confrontation between Israel and Palestine has not changed over the years although the explosive device chosen in the film happens to be a nasty bomb hidden in a suit case and detonated at a distance. Much of the excitement of the story seems to revolve around the preparation and delivery of the suit cases and the spy and counter spy activities.

My reason for choosing this film was to see more of the work of Klaus Kinski (an explosive personality if ever there was one) but in this film he was very much in control. In the role of Kurtz he is responsible for selecting Charlie (Diane Keaton) to spy among the Palestinians. Charlie being a superb actress could handle the job expertly using her feminine charms.

The film has a very large cast...too large in fact...and one tends to get lost amongst all the characters trying to remember which are the Israelis and which are the Palestinians.

The film literally starts with a bang and the search is on to find the perpetrators. As the tension mounts and the bombs explode, one keeps asking, "Who will be next?"

One cannot visualize a happy ending for such a film. While it makes exciting viewing the tragedy is that lives are still being lost each day as the confrontation continues and hopes of peace seem to become even more remote.


14 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 29 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed