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The Little Drummer Girl

Overview

Based on John Le Carré's novel by the same name, this story about Charlie Diane Keaton a female double agent working between the Palestinians and Israelis, loses some of the excitement and in-depth characterization engendered by the long novel -- mainly because the novel is hard to capture in a two-hour filmed format. But the action itself carries viewers along as Charlie ends up leaving England and her job as an actress in a Brit repertory company to meet Kurtz Klaus Kinski in Greece who recruits her as a spy. ...
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Overview

Based on John Le Carré's novel by the same name, this story about Charlie Diane Keaton a female double agent working between the Palestinians and Israelis, loses some of the excitement and in-depth characterization engendered by the long novel -- mainly because the novel is hard to capture in a two-hour filmed format. But the action itself carries viewers along as Charlie ends up leaving England and her job as an actress in a Brit repertory company to meet Kurtz Klaus Kinski in Greece who recruits her as a spy. Charlie later has to handle her own emotions when she gets romantically involved with her Israeli contact Yorgo Voyagis, though events move her quickly along to a Palestinian military camp near Beirut. Once she has passed herself off as a reliable Palestinian agent and completed her military training at the camp, she goes to Germany to hunt down a Palestinian terrorist Sami Frey. Filled with a multitude of characters and locations, not to mention camera shots, the intensity of this story is dissipated somewhat by literally and figuratively covering a lot of territory, though the thread of the story itself is never lost.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Espionage thrillers are not as easy to make as they seem. Their success generally lies in keeping the audience off-balance, in setting up twists and turns that come close to losing the audience but that at the last minute pull the audience back in. In order for this to work, all of the ingredients have to be just right -- a carefully-plotted screenplay can be damaged by a bad director, the wrong actor, or even poor set design or unimaginative cinematography. The Little Drummer Girl is a good thriller that could have been much better, had the elements been a little more aligned. The script is good, with the requisite thrills and hard-edged dialogue. But George Roy Hill's direction is just adequate, never making the material as exciting as it should be. More problematic is Diane Keaton, who does an acceptable job but is essentially miscast. Without the proper actress anchoring the film, it loses a great deal of believability. Fortunately, the rest of the cast is good, with Klaus Kinski exceptional, and the basic story is engrossing. Drummer Girl never shines, but it glimmers enough to make it worth watching.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2009
  • UPC: 883316127032
  • Original Release: 1984
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 2:10:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 13,876

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Diane Keaton Charlie
Yorgo Voyagis Joseph
Klaus Kinski Kurtz
Sami Frey Khalil
Michael Cristofer Tayeh
David Suchet Mesterbein
Thorley Walters Ned Quilley
Eli Danker Litvak
Anna Massey Chairlady
Dana Wheeler-Nicholson Katrin
Robert Pereno Rossino
Moti Shirin Michel
Noam Almaz Gabriel
Jony Arbid
Dieter Augustin Freiburg City Official
Rolf Becker Red Cross
Smadar Brener Toby
Peter Capell Schwili
Rowena Cooper Miss Bach
Michael Graham Cox Donald/Soldier
Shimon Finkel Prof. Minkel
Julian Firth Young Man
Gawn Grainger Actor
Shlomit Hagoel Rose
Sebastian Graham Jones Director
Avi Keidar Raoul
René Kolldehoff Inspector
Jeff Lester American
Ben Levine Dimitri
Ori Levy Lenny
Shosh Marciano Rachel
Irene Marot Pam
Juliano Mer Julio
Philipp Moog Aaron
Albert Moses Green Grocer
Doron Nesher David
Elisabeth Neumann-Viertel Mrs. Minkel
Bill Nighy Al
Danni Roth Oded
Jonathan Sagall Teddy
Heinz Weiss Red Cross
Yossi Werzansky Ben Ami
Dor Zweigenbom Udi
Technical Credits
George Roy Hill Director
Henry Bumstead Production Designer
John LeCarre Screenwriter
Robert L. Crawford Producer
Don French Asst. Director
Dave Grusin Score Composer
Mike Karapiperis Art Director
Daniel Patrick Kelley Producer
Patrick J. Kelly Executive Producer
Silvester Levay Songwriter
Loring Mandel Screenwriter
William H. Reynolds Editor
Ariel Roshko Art Director
Ille Sievers Costumes/Costume Designer
Geoffrey Tozer Art Director
Wolfgang Treu Cinematographer
Rochelle Zaltzman Costumes/Costume Designer
Kristi Zea Costumes/Costume Designer
John le Carre Source Author
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