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TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY

 
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At Theaters: 12/9/2011 On Video: 3/20/2012
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 3 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 589904
Studio: Focus Features
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The Cold War of the mid-20th Century continues to damage international relations. Britain's Secret Intelligence Service is striving to keep pace with other countries' espionage efforts and to keep the U.K. secure.
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Thriller - This adaptation of the famous novel is a spy thriller, but it's a slow, talky drama and not an action film. This is a big showcase for Gary Oldman, and other known stars in the cast such as Colin Firth and John Hurt have much smaller roles. Language, violence, and sex make the film inappropriate for kids.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Gary Oldman RED RIDING HOOD, THE BOOK OF ELI, PLANET 51
Wri/Dir/Actor: Kathy Burke NIL BY MOUTH
Benedict Cumberbatch AMAZING GRACE
David Dencik THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
Colin Firth THE KING'S SPEECH, DISNEY'S A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Director: Tomas Alfredson LET THE RIGHT ONE IN
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Production Notes Heading
Out Of The Past
Spy Masters
Being Smiley
Who Might Be Who
Circus World
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PROFANITY: 9 F-words; 3 S-words; a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: Brief sex with related nudity.
VIOLENCE: Bloody shootings and hits.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: None.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Good Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy will likely play well to art house audiences, who exhibit a greater willingness to embrace films that demand patience and concentration. It will provide a satisfying reminder that movies need not be action packed to be thrilling and that it's better for a screenplay to err on the side of being too complex than too dumb.

USA Today Full Review
Good Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a superbly rendered take on the world of low-key, bespectacled agents who refer to their line of work as "the circus." Director Alfredson impeccably captures the Cold War era, the milieu of the international espionage game and the repercussions of betrayal.

NY Post Full Review
Very Good The adaptation of John le Carré's chilly Cold War spy classic is indeed gripping, in the manner of a chess match that requires concentration to play but even more to derive pleasure from observing. He (Oldman) is as cold and intense as a freezer burn. Thanks to his mastery, and (director) Alfredson's, no film this year left me hungrier for a sequel.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
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 (Ciarán Hinds), called Soldier; officious Toby Esterhase (David Dencik), dubbed Poor Man; and - Smiley himself.

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