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The Little Drummer Girl (1984)

Klaus Kinski , Diane Keaton , George Roy Hill    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Klaus Kinski, Diane Keaton, Yorgo Voyagis, Sami Frey, Michael Cristofer
  • Directors: George Roy Hill
  • Format: Import, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042RFXJA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,967 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Spain released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Spanish ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Spanish ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: A Palestinian bomber has killed an Israeli diplomat and his family and the Israeli plot to neutralise him becomes convoluted as they select an American Actress (Charlie) to impersonate the Bomber's brother's girlfriend after the Israeli's capture and kill the brother. Charlie is placed into a world where she begins being an actress, then becomes a spy, then is trained by the Palestinians as a guerrilla and finally is sent to deliver a bomb. She is chronically confused by how far she is really supposed to go in her impersonations and how much of herself she must give up. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Edgar Allan Poe Awards,

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Was it worth the wait? 4 Jun 2011
By A. W. Wilson TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I suppose "Yes" and "No" is the best answer. Where has this film been hiding for 20 odd years? Copyright problems I suppose, and there are many good films lying in vaults somewhere waiting for release, like this one. This comes in a very good print. Sound track is fine (tho beware a variety of accents sometimes makes it hard to follow). The plot is good Le Carre - complicated but you can follow it - but the film is very long (2hrs 10") and the first hour is slow and a bit talky. It livens up for the second half and from then on is a pretty good watch. The casting is odd - For me Diane Keaton doesn't convince as "The little Drummer girl", but she is perfectly watchable. Yorgo Vyagis (who?) also failed to convince me he could persuade Diane to do what she does cos she is in love with him (I think-or is it all politics and not sex - any thoughts out there?). Kinski seems to think that whipping his glasses on and off makes for good character acting. You can see a very young Bill Nighy and I am almost certain Charlotte Cornwall has a W/O for 5 secs (her bro appears briefly as a police chief.). BEWARE - If you don't know the plot - Do not read the blub on the back - It's a spoiler, and it's not the only one (A Dandy in Aspic has the same problem). Worth getting, it's rare now and thankyou Warner Archive, but when will these DVDs become available in U/K High Streets?
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Story based on a misnomer 27 April 2013
Format:VHS Tape
The Little Drummer Girl has one glaring deficiency: the basis upon which the story rests is false.

The film's antagonist, named Khalil, is a 'Palestinian' freedom fighter who doesn't want the 'Palestinian People' to wait 2,000 years, like the Jews waited, for the restoration of their 'homeland'. Khalil runs a highly effective terrorist network that bombs Israeli targets throughout Europe in order to advertise the 'Palestinian' cause.

Adapted from John le Carré's novel of the same name, the film bases its story on the false historical claim that there is such an ethnic group called the 'Palestinians'. The only 'Palestinians' to have existed were citizens of the 1922 League of Nations' 'Mandate for Palestine', the Jewish Homeland. The term 'Palestinian' was only used for legal purposes to describe those living in the Jewish Homeland between 1922-1948. As such, Jews were also defined as 'Palestinians'. When Israel became a state in 1948 (changing its name from Palestine to Israel. The name Palestine was given to the territory in 135 AD by Emperor Hadrian as an insult to the Jews, who had just revolted against Roman rule for a second time. Palestine is the Romanized version of the name Philistine, the land of Israel's ancient enemies), the term 'Palestinian' became defunct, but was then co-opted by Arab governments and used to fool ignorant observers that the 'Palestinians' had lost their land to the Jews. John le Carré presents the 'Palestinians' as an actual ethnic group with justified land claims against the Jewish state, when in fact there never was a 'Palestinian' ethnic group present in the Middle East.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great spy movie! 15 Mar 2004
By Kate C. - Published on
forget the tacky 1980's clothes that Diane Keaton wears, forget the fact that Diane Keaton was a mite too old to be playing the Mata Hari, this is a fantastic spy movie!
A more boiled down verson of the novel by the same name (this is one of the rare example where I think the movie is better than the book) is complex and gritty; a fluid example of the race/religion quagmire that is the State of Israel. Klaus Kinski is absollutely fabulous and subtle in his role as the leader of the Israeli spy team that is trying to hunt down a mysterious bomber (remarkable performance by Sami Frey as the Palestinian bomber) and Diane Keaton, though a little too mature to be playing a somewhat nieve actresss who is recruited to pose as the bomber's brother's lover, plays through her confusion of grappling with her pro-Palestinian political affilations while at the same time working for the Israelis. The supporting cast of characters are equally complex if not extremely present in the movie which adds to the feel and scope of the spy operation that ensues.
The final hour is emotionally engaging and harrowing as is Keaton's eventual nervous breakdown after the bomber is caught. The extent of the spy operation is also grand in scope without being overbearing or, likewise, confusing.
A great movie for a cloudy day when you feel in the mood for a little intrigue!
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too good to be missing 11 Nov 2008
By Sandi Berman - Published on
This film is unavailable from Block Buster or NetFlix or the library system. It is too important to be abandoned. I don't know why, if it is considered politically incorrect or too hot to handle, or what. John La Carre wrote without an agenda, showing both sides, warts and all. I plan to loan it to as many people as will watch it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little Drummer Girl is an under exposed great film 27 Feb 2010
By Jed Hechtkopf - Published on
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The Little Drummer Girl is a lesser known Diane Keaton film but what a gem. When one thinks of Diane Keaton they might think of a chick flick or comedy but she does a great job in this unusual and quite serious role. The movie it action filled for those who like a fast moving gritty flick and insightful as to the inner workings of the middle east conflict. Little Drummer Girl would be rated high among it's viewers if more people saw it and it had more exposure.
20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The terrorism is familiar but the plot is implausible. 19 Oct 2002
By Linda Linguvic - Published on
This 1984 film is based on the novel by John LeCarre and deals with a subject we've all become too familiar with lately: terrorism. Diane Keaton stars as a young woman who's into causes and even though she shows Palestinian sympathies, is still recruited by the Israeli Mosad to become an operative. What follows is an entirely implausible plot that required utmost concentration to follow.
Klaus Kinski played the part of the Israeli leader and even though he is a good actor, his Nordic looks made him hard to believe as an Israeli. Yorgo Voyagis, a handsome Greek actor, played the Israeli agent who gets romantically involved with Keaton. Problem is that their relationship never really sizzled and it was hard to believe she wound up putting herself in so much danger for a cause she felt so lukewarm about or for this man with whom she had few, if any, love scenes with.
I liked Keaton in her role, cast as an actress with a rather ditzy personality. The role called for her displaying her own insecurities as well as courage. She also played it in a way to make it clear that she was attracted more to the adventure and the Israeli agent than she was to the politics.
There's good cinematography and a fine sense of place. Scenes are shot in Germany, England, Greece and the Middle East. It all looks very real. There's a moderate amount of tension, especially near the end, but the story itself lacks believability and emotional intensity.
Times have changed since the film was produced, which was groundbreaking then because it showed the moral ambiguity and savage methods used by both the Israelis and Palestinians. The computers the characters used were the latest technology then too, but I had to smile the black and white monitors and dot matrix printers. Watching the film is a trip back into the past with overtones that are all too true in the present. And it's sad to note that the conflict it deals with has grown in intensity since.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the little drummer girll 27 Feb 2010
By Irving V. Augur - Published on
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I havve been looking for this DVD for years since I saw a review of it in the Wall Street Journal a couple 0f years ago; Having read the book, remember the movie, I tried to locate the DVD to purchase. I tried all of the Mail Order houses about two years ago without success---nobody knew what I was asking for. I then checked with Amazon at that time and gave my name. I was surprised we about a month ago I had a E-Mail from you advising me that you now had it available. That is real service . This is a great movie and by far the best thing that Diane Keaton ever did. The story could take place today although I doubt that anyone would dare make it because of political correctness. In any event I would have no qualms in recommending it to somebody interested in Middle Eastern affairs.
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