Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy 2011

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A senior figure at the Secret Intelligence Service, aka The Circus, George Smiley was forced out by his colleagues. But when it transpires The Circus has been infiltrated by a Soviet double agent he's invited back to flush out the mole. Unsure of who to trust and national security at risk he must work in secret.

Starring:
Tom Hardy,Colin Firth
Runtime:
2 hours, 2 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Action & Adventure
Director Tomas Alfredson
Starring Tom Hardy, Colin Firth
Supporting actors Gary Oldman, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch
Studio Optimum Releasing
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Dyer on 1 Jan. 2013
Format: DVD
Why compare this 2 hour film with the 6 hour serial, or require it to be a precise rendition of a book of more than 400 pages? I thought it a fine attempt to take many plot threads and make two hours of entertainment from them, I enjoyed items that were not present in the book. I do wonder though how the following books will be filmed now that Guillam's character has been changed.

Firstly, there are no explosions, chases, babes or helicopters (as if any potential viewer didn't know that) so be prepared to sit, watch and think rather than expect action and glitz to flow over you. Sure, there are some holes and inconsistencies; I suppose that I take a less forensic view to viewing films than do many of the reviewers here.

I don't care that we don't see the characters build to point the way to the identity of the mole because for me the identity of the mole is immaterial. This is about loyalty, betrayal and sacrifice. A few examples:
* Guillam ends his relationship immediately on considering that it might be used against him, quite a sacrifice in my opinion.
* A terrific moment of acting as Smiley makes a deal with Tarr that he knows will violate Tarr's trust because he can't fulfil the spirit of the deal.
* What a strange world where someone who makes such a sacrifice for their country ends up living in a caravan and teaching at a boarding school after being bunged only a few quid and a car.

There were some nice juxtapositions that made me think of how fragile lives might be and the fine line between normality and hardship.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve on 8 April 2015
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I am a big fan of the BBC version so when this came to the big screen I looked forward to seeing another version and when I did I was horrified. The location, the story line and obviously the characters had different actors and I wasn't impressed, in fact I couldn't believe John Le Carre endorsed this production. But when I saw it on Amazon at a bargain basement price I thought I would give it a second chance and do you know I actually enjoyed seeing it a second time. The same story but a different approach, Peter Guillam now portrayed as gay? Overall I still prefer the BBC approach to the original story and maybe that is the problem the actors did such a good job portraying their characters is had to envisage anyone else taking their place and none more so than Percy Alleline, perfected by Michael Aldridge, Toby Jones just didn't cut it for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. M. Evans on 11 Mar. 2014
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Considering it's only a fraction of the length of the well-known BBC adaptation with Alec Guinness, it's not bad. The performances are almost all sterling. Unfortunately I think John Hurt was miscast again. A bit too much of something to feel realistic. Everyone else was really good.
I'll be honest ... I've not read the book. The only comparison I have is the BBC version, and I do remember that quite well; everyone fits in nicely, and the overall tone is convincingly of the correct era. If you just want a little something to remind you of the basics and don't want to go through all the BBC episodes, this covers the important bases.
I still think the BBC version outshines it by far, but I didn't dislike this film like I was expecting to. I quite enjoyed it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AK TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Jan. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Starting with a disclaimer for fans, who are expecting a one on one adaptation of the Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy book, or the associated Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy : Complete BBC Series [DVD] [1979] series - this is not it. Neither does it follow all aspects minutely, nor is it possible to cram the whole content successfully into two or so hours. It is, however a John Le Carre approved version and it has many a quality of its own, so it is best seen as a complement to the earlier works, rather than a remake.

It is also not an action packed, '007 style' spy thriller, with dashing agents chasing rather scantily clad girls and the odd evil mastermind. The movie is more in the line of Robert Baer's See No Evil book - spycraft much less as a glamour occupation and much more as a diligent, painstaking work, with betrayal, uncertainty, tricks of the trade, political maneuvering for position within one's own organization...

The acting is generally superb, with Gary Oldman delivering one of the performances of his lifetime. In spite of looking even more like a good elderly uncle than Alec Guinness in the original series, he successfully manages to bring in the 'steel' when required.

If you like subtlety, character development (Smiley really does develop), uncertainty, and intrigue, you will be well served. It will not serve though, if you are looking for an action filled thriller; nor if you want a minute recreation of the original book or the BBC series. Definitely one for people more interested in getting closer to the real world of spycraft than what Ian Flemming / James Bond can deliver.
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Format: DVD
This 2011 Working Title Films production of Le Carre's 1974 novel 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' has attracted positive critical reviews, been generally liked by audiences, received some well-deserved award nominations and reportedly made a healthy box-office profit on its modest US$21 million production cost, so is an unexpected commercial success for the French investor StudioCanal.

Director Tomas Alfredson has delivered a serious film for an intelligent audience, but due to the time-constraints of a single 120-minute feature film, the result necessarily compresses the story so much that you need to pay close attention. A complex plot full of intrigue, double-bluff and the slow revelation of characters' hidden motives through real-time action and flashbacks means if you know Le Carre's novel then you'll be better placed to enjoy the film on first time viewing; if you're unfamiliar with the source material, then seeing the film a second time might make for a more satisfying viewing experience as the number of characters and complexity of the plot can be a bit confusing on first pass.

All the cast deliver fine performances with Gary Oldman in superb form as the world-weary but calculating and highly intelligent George Smiley, who has been called out of forced retirement to carry out a discrete investigation to uncover a suspected Soviet mole operating at the highest level of `the circus', the inner core of the UK overseas intelligence service MI6. Oldman has become a fine mature actor and proves here that `less is more', dominating some of his scenes by sheer presence, often with sparse or even no dialogue.
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