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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5 of 6 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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213 of 261 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, well... 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 bare-faced escapist fun of 007. 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. British Intelligence was under-funded, ineffective and disliked by the CIA. Gary Oldman's cool, understated incarnation of George Smiley views his former employer for what it has become- rejected, out-of-touch, eager to get back into the game and on the brink of it's own downfall. I hadn't read the novel beforehand but had no trouble following the plot or being absorbed by the story. All of the performances are great and the direction beautiful.
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133 of 163 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sunshine2311 on 24 Aug 2014
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I find the movie incredibly well done, however one must read the book in advance. It is indeed difficult to understand what is happening if you haven't read the book beforehand. What is more, the atmosphere of that time, as well as the real nature of the intelligence work were very well embodied by the actors.
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