Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

DVD - 2011
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At the height of the Cold War, a precarious operation goes deadly wrong, and the head of British Intelligence wonders if a double agent is leaking vital secrets. Brought out of retirement to expose the potential mole, master spy George Smiley is the only one who can be trusted to expose one of their own. Or can he? As the emotional and physical tolls mount on the high-ranking suspects, Smiley will be forced into the ultimate international spy game where everyone's motives are in question.


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Nov 28, 2018

Director Tomas Alfredson crafted the ultimate slow burn spy thriller. Whispers and traitors are around every corner in this Cold War tale that is chilling. The crystal clear shots and cinematography transport you to another time. The period accurate outfits and makeup create a verisimilitude to the time.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a thoughtful take on complex spy narrative. Filled with political intrigue if you are willing to follow along. The music from composer Alberto Iglesias wrote the most beautiful and understated score for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. There is sweet jazz and lots of delicate piano melodies to listen to while you watch.

Notably, the acting from the entire ensemble is excellent and nuanced. You get the greatest Gary Oldman performance in his career as the ever observant spy Smiley. Oldman's use of his eyes and face to act make for a rather understated role, but he is brilliant all the same. You are constantly wondering what he is thinking. It is a master class in reserved acting.

Furthermore, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy give their most reserved acting showing their versatility. Colin Firth, John Hurt, Simon McBurney, David Dencik, Toby Jones, Mark Strong, Ciarán Hinds, and Stephen Graham all deliver intricate performances to put you off who the mole is really. Svetlana Khodchenkova has a nice smaller role as a Russian informant that you will undoubtedly sympathize with by the end. All in all, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is well cast down to the smallest role.

In short, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is an espionage film like no other. Clever and twisting through the spy world. You will certainly have to think to understand this well written plot, but the process is enjoyable to the end. I love this film and I hope more viewers will get the opportunity to experience it.

Sep 06, 2018

very slow movie, the Brit's have a way with that, but not a bad movie. It was nice and clean as to language.

Jul 16, 2018

The plot is very slow in forming. Tons of dialogue. Only occasional action. One must be patient to watch this all the way through to the conclusion. I enjoyed the earlier version to this one.

Dec 08, 2017

I loved the movie. It got more in depth than the original with Alec Guiness so it was truer to the intricacies of the book. I love Alec Guiness, so I liked his Smiley better, but the new film and effects were much better. I also enjoyed the fact that John le Carre had a cameo in this newer film, which was fun, and I also loved seeing Benedict Cumberbatch as a blonde! There is supposedly a prequel coming of the book - and I can't wait. le Carre is my favorite writer of all time.

Jul 10, 2017

A masterful adaptation of John Le Carre's 1970s spy thriller about the secret British hunt for a high-ranking KGB mole.

May 16, 2017

I liked this spy thriller CD. The violence is subtle but present. Perhaps, it is too graphic for children. The sexual aspects are subtle and present too. Le Carré, John did a great job with the script writing this story. The script has lots of surprises to keep you interested. You may feel some sympathy for the characters in the story like I did. I like John as an author. A biography about him I watched said he was actually a spy in his life. According to the biography his scripts are based on facts with the fake names of people and places. It is supposed to represent what it is really like to be a spy.

Marinetti Sep 24, 2016

Excellent adaptation of the John Le Carre spy novel- great plot and acting all around- one of Gary Oldman's best performances of his career. A thinking man's or woman's film. It may take more than one viewing to appreciate the intricacies and subtleties of this film.

Jul 07, 2016

I thought tinker as dry as peanut butter with out the jam. just stuck to the roof of my mouth.

Nov 25, 2015

I won't lie, but for at least half the movie I did not understand what was going on. I suspect one has to read the book to really appreciate this.

Sep 21, 2015

Wonderful story by Le Carre and wonderfully acted by this newer cast, but I must say I prefer Alec Guinness, the quintessential Smiley! Gary Oldman appeared to take on two rolls, that of Smiley and then of Alec Guinness acting Smiley. I found his makeup and demeanor too contrived, but still enjoyed this effort.

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Jun 15, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: one man is shot (not dead) in a mall type place. An innocent bystander is shot and killed by mistake.

Jun 15, 2012

Coarse Language: some swearing

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Jun 15, 2012

Mike117 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over


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Jun 15, 2012

This is not a James Bond thriller.
It is about a British Intelegence agency that has a mole to deal with.
No karate, no action except in the mind of the hunter and the mole.


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Feb 17, 2013

(a teenage couple are making out in front of Connie and Smiley) Connie Sachs: "I don't know about you George, but I'm feeling seriously under-f**ked!"

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