Smiley's PeopleDirector: Simon Langton
A sequel to 1980's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, this BBC miniseries once again focuses on British spy George Smiley (Sir Alec Guinness), once again called out of retirement, this time by the fussy Oliver Lacon Anthony Bate, to deal with a scandal in the British spy establishment. An ex-Russian general and British spy (Curt Jurgens) is found brutally murdered in a London park after frantically contacting the British Secret Service. His cryptic message: "Tell Max it concerns the Sandman." It seems that the general and his crony Otto Leipzig (Vladek Sheybal) were cooking up a scheme to blackmail the head of the Russian secret service, Karla (Patrick Stewart), when they were murdered. Smiley gathers his old associates (almost all the actors reprising roles from the first miniseries) and picks up the general's harrowing trail. He finds that Karla has been secretly supporting a daughter in the West through almost comically inept intermediaries such as Grigoriov (Michael Lonsdale). This information allows him to face off against his old adversary and avenge the humiliation he and his agency suffered with the double agent Karla had in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Made in 1982, the sequel has one major casting substitution: Michael Byrne instead of Michael Jayston as Peter Guillam, Smiley's faithful lieutenant. ~ Nick Sambides, Jr.
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|Alec Guinness||George Smiley|
|Eileen Atkins||Madame Ostrakova|
|Anthony Bate||Oliver Lacon|
|Michael Byrne||Peter Guillam|
|Jan Carey||Hospital Sister|
|Jean Champion||Monsieur La Pierre|
|Francois Clavier||Man in warehouse|
|Peter Guinness||Hare Krishna Monk|
|Patrick Gowers||Score Composer|
|John le Carre||Original Story|
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This version deviates considerably from the book to deal with the limitations of movie making, but it is still a splendid story. And wonderfully subtle (watch for and think about the significance of the cigarette lighter). It is such a joy to see a movie that assumes viewers are smart and are paying attention, not lame-brained targets for the filmmaker's propaganda. As always, Alec Guinness's interpretations are deep and satisfying, and you have to keep a close watch so as not to miss anything.
How can I get subtitles for Smiley's People? I have a Sony Blu Ray.
Ok, first Alec Guiness I've found is overrated. His subtle nuances were so subtle as to be non-existent! I was curious enough about the story to re-watch, take notes even to keep up with all the name changing. The ending still was confusing. When Alec delivered the reply to Peter’s question, “why did we get here two hours early?” and as George, Alec Guiness says, “We owe it to him. No one else is on his side.” What??? Did one need to read the book first?
The item contains three (3) DVDs and one is slightly defective. However, I did not keep the receipt and it didn't seem worth the trouble to contact you which is not very easy to do without a receipt without the paperwork.