When Perry and his wife, Gail, cross paths with the charismatic Dima on their Moroccan holiday, the forceful Russian is quick to challenge Perry to a friendly game of tennis. But this innocuous contest is not all it seems - Dima is a long-time servant of the Russian mafia, whose new boss, 'The Prince', wants him and his family dead. His only hope is to ask the unsuspecting Perry to broker him sanctuary with the British intelligence services, in return for exposing a vein of corruption that runs right to the heart of the City of London. Soon they find themselves on a tortuous journey through Paris to a safe house in the Swiss Alps and, with the might of the Russian mafia closing in, begin to realize this particular match has the highest stakes of all.Written by
Director Susanna White said of this movie: "There are a lot of expectations about making a [John] le Carré film. People imagine it as people meeting in alleyways, lots of dark interiors, usually a grey-brown world of the past. Part of my challenge as director was to bring something new to it in exploring the areas I wanted to explore. But also to make the le Carré fans not feel cheated and to feel they were getting something that would honor a very specific piece of literature." See more »
On the way to the safe house, the Land Rover and the other SUV are driving on the wrong (left) side of the road. Switzerland as well as France are right hand traffic countries. See more »
Give this to your MI6. Tell them you have a gift from the number one money launderer from the Russian mafia.
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Written by Jerry Lorden (as Jerry Lordan)
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd./Francis Fay & Hunter Ltd.
Performed by The Incredible Bongo Band (as Incredible Bongo Band)
Licensed courtesy of Mr. Bongo Worldwide Ltd. See more »
Not the best big-screen adaptation of a John LeCarre novel but even a second-rate LeCarre offers its pleasures. The plot of "Our Kind of Traitor" may be a tad far-fetched but then the plots of most good spy yarns often are. The Cold War having ended it's the Russian Mafia who take centre-stage here and as the Russian oligarch who wants to defect Stellan Skarsgard is one of the best things in the picture. Indeed, it's well cast throughout, (Damian Lewis is particularly good as a cynical MI6 operative), and typically there is some nice location work nicely shot by DoP Anthony Dod Mantle. If the director Sussana White doesn't do anything particularly innovative with the material at least she doesn't muck things up. Minor, then, but also surprisingly entertaining, too.
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