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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a movie starring Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, and Tom Hardy. 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jim Prideaux
... Control
Zoltán Mucsi ... Magyar
... Hungarian Waiter
Ilona Kassai ... Woman in Window
Imre Csuja ... KGB Agent
... George Smiley
... Percy Alleline
... Toby Esterhase
... Roy Bland
... Bill Haydon
... Connie Sachs
... Peter Guillam
... Jerry Westerby
Arthur Nightingale ... Bryant


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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The enemy is within. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

6 January 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El topo  »


Box Office


£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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jared Harris was originally cast as Percy Alleline, but he had to back out due to scheduling conflicts with Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011), and was replaced with Toby Jones. See more »


During a roof shot going down the building to the road in Istanbul, 2 split type air conditioners can be clearly seen mounted on a building wall. Split air conditioners came to the Turkish market in mid'90s. See more »


[first lines]
Control: [opening door] You weren't followed?
Jim Prideaux: No.
Control: Better come in.
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Spinning Wheel
Written by David Clayton-Thomas
Performed by Sammy Davis Jr.
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

If there is anyway one is supposed to create such character driven feature, its in this manner i.e. cunning, gripping and brewing brutality and tension among the characters revolving around this eerie bubble that they all reside in. Tomas Alfredson's brilliant execution is definitely a step forward but the screenplay by Peter Straughan and Bridget O'Connor (adapted from a novel by John le Carre) has already won this marathon before it even begins this around 2 hour journey. Gary Oldman has given his best in it along with the help of a great supporting cast like Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, Toby Jones and Tom Hardy. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy; despite of its brilliant execution and stellar performances, is a writers show that helps the feature kick in to their world from the first frame keeping it smart and true to its tone throughout the course of it.

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