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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

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In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet Agent within MI6.

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Zoltán Mucsi ...
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Storyline

In the early 1970s during the Cold War, the head of British Intelligence, Control, resigns after an operation in Budapest, Hungary goes badly wrong. It transpires that Control believed one of four senior figures in the service was in fact a Russian agent - a mole - and the Hungary operation was an attempt to identify which of them it was. Smiley had been forced into retirement by the departure of Control, but is asked by a senior government figure to investigate a story told to him by a rogue agent, Ricky Tarr, that there was a mole. Smiley considers that the failure of the Hungary operation and the continuing success of Operation Witchcraft (an apparent source of significant Soviet intelligence) confirms this, and takes up the task of finding him. Written by David Brain

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At the height of the Cold War, only a master spy could be trusted to expose one of their own. See more »


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Rated R for violence, some sexuality/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Budget:

£20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,814,860 (United Kingdom), 18 September 2011, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$310,562, 11 December 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$24,149,393, 22 March 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$80,630,608, 22 March 2012
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Filming took place at a disused Army barracks in North London, a location much cheaper and affording wider space for the set designers than renting buildings in London for filming. The barrack's corridors and alcoves were used for interior shots, and the side of a building was dressed up as a Wimpy bar. See more »

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In several of John le Carre's novels, George Smiley is described as fat.

However, as portrayed by Gary Oldman, Smiley is not fat. While he does have a middle-aged paunch, he's clearly not fat in how Smiley is described in le Carre's novels. See more »

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[first lines]
Control: [opening door] You weren't followed?
Jim Prideaux: No.
Control: Better come in.
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At the end of the closing credits, there is a mention of Karla Films. This is a homage to George Smiley's nemesis. See more »

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The Second Best Secret Agent In The Whole Wide World
Written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
Performed by Sammy Davis Jr.
Courtesy of Manny Davis
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A Nordic View Of A Very British Tale
9 December 2011 | by See all my reviews

Freezing. John Le Carre's spy story has a new version. Tomas Alfredson the Swedish director of the chillingly great "Let The Righ On In" understands the British climate. Impersonal raincoats wore by the very personal Gary Oldman are only part of the story. An undercurrent of passionate wheelings and dealings with poker face players makes for an engrossing tale that allows us some kind of distance. The production design is a masterpiece on its on. Just look at the wallpapers. I'm not going to venture into the actual plot but the performances. Gary Oldman is superb in a slightly younger and more virile version of Alec Guinness who played George Smiley in a celebrated British miniseries in 1979. Colin Firth's bisexual turn brings a dark sort of lightness to the proceedings. Tom Hardy is also superb as are Mark Strong and John Hurt. If you're a Le Carre fan you'll be enthralled, if you're not you may become one.


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