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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011)

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Overview


Genre

Thriller

Release Date

December 09, 2011 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

127 min.

Production Budget

$30 millions

Studio

Focus Features

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Tomas Alfredson

Producer

Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Robyn Slovo

Screenwriter

Bridget O'Connor, Peter Straughan

Starring

Story


"Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" is the long-awaited feature film version of John le Carre's classic bestselling novel. The thriller is directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In). The screenplay adaptation is by the writing team of Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan.

The time is 1973. The Cold War of the mid-20th Century continues to damage international relations. Britain's Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), a.k.a. MI6 and code-named the Circus, is striving to keep pace with other countries' espionage efforts and to keep the U.K. secure. The head of the Circus, known as Control (John Hurt), personally sends dedicated operative Jim Prideaux (Mark Strong) into Hungary. But Jim's mission goes bloodily awry, and Control is forced out of the Circus - as is his top lieutenant, George Smiley (Gary Oldman), a career spy with razor-sharp senses.Estranged from his absent wife Ann, Smiley is soon called in to see undersecretary Oliver Lacon (Simon McBurney); he is to be rehired in secret at the government's behest, as there is a gnawing fear that the Circus has long been compromised by a double agent, or mole, working for the Soviets and jeopardizing England. Supported by younger agent Peter Guillam (Benedict Cumberbatch), Smiley parses Circus activities past and present. In trying to track and identify the mole, Smiley is haunted by his decades-earlier interaction with the shadowy Russian spy master Karla.

The mole's trail remains cold until maverick field agent Ricki Tarr (Tom Hardy) unexpectedly contacts Lacon. While undercover in Turkey, Ricki has fallen for a betrayed married woman, Irina (Svetlana Khodchenkova), who claims to possess crucial intelligence. Separately, Smiley learns that Control narrowed down the list of mole suspects to five men. They are the ambitious Percy Alleline (Toby Jones), whom he had code-named Tinker; suavely confident Bill Haydon (Colin Firth), dubbed Tailor; stalwart Roy Bland (Ciaran Hinds), called Soldier; officious Toby Esterhase (David Dencik), dubbed Poor Man; and - Smiley himself.

Even before the startling truth is revealed, the emotional and physical tolls on the players enmeshed in the deadly international spy game will escalate...

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PREMIERE PHOTO

Colin Firth
The 68th Venice Film Festival - Day 6 - Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - Premiere
Sep 05, 2011
Colin Firth
The 68th Venice Film Festival - Day 6 - Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - Premiere
Sep 05, 2011

REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..like the characters within the story who are all haunted by the past, the film itself has its ghosts..”
by Leslie Felperin [Variety]
“..stories have no room for mindless action; they are heavily plot-driven..”
by James Berardinelli [ReelViews]
“..typical of Alfredson's film, which is obliged, by its two-hour duration, to keep things crisp..”
by Anthony Lane [New Yorker]