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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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

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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
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By British TV Fan on 2 Jun 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
'It's not as good as the BBC version'. That was always going to be the major challenge in trying to remake an adaptation of a book that already has a perfect adaptation in the 6-part BBC, Alec Guinness offering.

That aside, it is a reasonably well-made film, with acceptable acting and an attention to the atmosphere of the period. However, even a slew of famous actors are going to be hard-pressed to recreate characters who are already associated with the 'definitive' screen version of 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy'. They do all right though.

Many scenes are almost carbon-copies of the BBC version; others are new and restated, sometimes pointlessly. For example, why is Hungary now substituted for Czechoslovakia as the scene of Jim Prideau's failed mission? It serves no purpose. Why is the Boris/Irina plot set in Turkey, not Portugal?

While the acting is acceptable, character development is sparse, which is a shame considering how much of this fine story does depend on back-story and understanding of the characters. Conversely, a huge amount of time seems to have been wasted on scenes that are trivial or that do not contribute directly to the plot, for example, Smiley walking through and swimming in what appears to be a pond in one of these parks. There's a staff party with silly singing too. This serves to make the film feel slow and long, when it really isn't giving as much away as it could,

What makes this lack of character-detail bearable, and perhaps almost un-noticable, is the fact that anyone who has read the book or seen the BBC version already has access to the back-stories and details lacking in this new movie version.
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208 of 255 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Glover on 8 Dec 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Must admit, I'm quite surprised that even the mainstream critics dared to rate Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy so highly. Not because it isn't brilliant, which it is, but because critics have to consider their readership and, unfortunately, your average Joe-Public will not appreciate this film. I'm mostly going by the outraged 1-star customer reviews on here, where there are numerous complaints that the film was "boring" and "had no action in it". Truth is, they're right- It doesn't have much "action" in it. Actually, neither did Dirty Dancing, or Philadelpia, or Juno, or The Elephant Man for that matter...
I would say that if you are finding the film dull or uninvolving then it's just not your cup of tea, which is fine. In fairness it is very literary, the plot can be hard to keep up with and the dialogue is rather jargonistic (but really shouldn't be too difficult to decipher).
At the other end of the scale are the narrow-minded purists with their nostalgic view of the original BBC TV series, which was excellent for it's day but really doesn't hold up very well at all. I can remember when TV didn't pander to such short attention spans, but watching it on DVD I found the Alec Guinness version quite flat, and not in the moody, atmospheric way that it should be. It's okay to prefer the series, but that shouldn't come with an obligation to trash the film.
Tinker Tailor... gives us a small history lesson. This world of espionage is far removed from the exploits of 007 which have always been bare-faced escapist fun. The true face of the cold war in the 60's & 70's was this, a very private game played by lonely, vain, repressed old Oxbridge throwbacks in stuffy offices. Field agents were merely pawns to be used and abused.
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132 of 162 people found the following review helpful By sellingmystuff22 on 17 Jan 2012
Format: DVD
For everyone comparing this new movie to the book and the tv series (and I am a fan of both) - Le Carre himself has said in interviews that he categorically did not want someone just copying the book or even the series. He wanted a new take on the story. Yes, it is different. Of course it would have been nice to have characters fleshed out a bit more, but then, I think that will be the problem with anyone who has read the book or seen the series - you expect the same thing stuffed into an hour something, and that is nigh on impossible. My only personal gripe is that I didn't really understand some seemingly superficial changes, like Sam Collins (in the book) being changed in name to Gerry Westerby (considering Gerry is a whole big character on his own in the second book, and ultra posh to boot), Czech Republic being changed to Hungary etc. But that is minor, and overall, I think this was a great, quiet movie, the kind of thing you just don't get anymore. To the commentator who said this movie was more about betrayal than spies, it's probably true that this was the emphasis, but in the book, it is just as much about the nature of betrayal in relationships as it is about spies (in the book see Guillam/Camilla, Smiley/Ann, Little Bill/Prideaux, Connie/The Circus and even reality as she knew it, etc etc), to the point where you wonder if there is anything redeeming about the world outside of the Circus.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 2 May 2012
Format: DVD
It is fair to say that I am a fan of John Le Carre's masterpiece, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. I have read the book, I love the TV series with Alec Guinness and thoroughly enjoyed the recent radio adaptation with Simon Russell Beale. And now, finally, there is a film. And what an amazingly good film it is!

The plot is simple, there is a Russian mole in British intelligence. Retired spy George Smiley is drafted in by the powers that be to examine the service from the outside with an insider's eye to try and find the mole. But it's so much more than this simple two sentence summary conveys. The book and the film are all about atmosphere. The atmosphere of the paranoid intelligence world of the early seventies, at the height of the cold war. And this film produces that atmosphere in spades.

Gary Oldman is an impressive Smiley. He spends the first quarter of an hour looking slightly confused and bumbling, then as he gets involved in the mystery you see that this is just a facade, and that there is an incisive and sharply intelligent mind behind the mask. He portrays a ruthless and cunning Smiley, but who rarely reveals himself as such and has a huge impact when he does become commanding and authoritative. It's different to those that have portrayed Smiley in the past, but still the essential character and a truly exceptional performance that really carries the film.

The film moves at a gentle pace, with an ever increasing sense of urgency, paranoia and danger as it heads towards the climax. There is no Bond style derring do here, just the careful gathering of evidence while trying to remain unobserved. The film is presented in a series of snapshots and remembrances, never quite giving the whole story.
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