Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

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Director: John Irvin

Cast: Alec Guinness, Bernard Hepton

     
 

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Living a premature and somewhat humbling retirement, elderly British spy George Smiley (Alec Guinness) is abruptly resurrected by his former boss Lacon (Anthony Bate) with an ultra-secret mission: find the double agent in the ranks of the British Secret Service. Is it the pompous head of service, Percy Alleline (Michael Aldridge)? The blowsy Bland (Terence Rigby)? The… See more details below

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Overview

Living a premature and somewhat humbling retirement, elderly British spy George Smiley (Alec Guinness) is abruptly resurrected by his former boss Lacon (Anthony Bate) with an ultra-secret mission: find the double agent in the ranks of the British Secret Service. Is it the pompous head of service, Percy Alleline (Michael Aldridge)? The blowsy Bland (Terence Rigby)? The shifty Toby Esterhase (Bernard Hepdon)? Or perhaps the urbane Bill Haydon (Ian Richardson)? Pushed into retirement by a scandal caused by the now-deceased head of service, Control (Alexander Knox), and because he suspected that there was a spy, Smiley journeys through the labyrinthine world of the British spy service layer by layer as he hunts the mole controlled by the mysterious Russian spymaster Karla (Patrick Stewart). Taken from a best-selling novel by internationally famed novelist John Le Carré, this nearly five-hour miniseries was first broadcast by the BBC. The story is loosely based on the infamous Kim Philby spy scandal of the early '60s. ~ Nick Sambides, Jr.

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Editorial Reviews

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British spy George Smiley remains the most compelling character to spring from author John le Carré's fertile imagination. Yet the author himself once said that Sir Alec Guinness made Smiley his own. Produced for British television in 1979, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy ranks high on the shortlist of adaptations that rise fully to the source material's challenges, thanks in no small part to Guinness. Part spy thriller, part procedural, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and its splendid sequel, Smiley's People, afford deeply intelligent and satisfying escapes into the golden age of Cold War espionage. While low on bonus materials, the DVDs remain high -- very high -- on acting, intrigue, and morality.
All Movie Guide
Complex but compelling, this miniseries is based upon one of John Le Carré's greatest works and serves as a grand summing-up for the late Sir Alec Guinness, one of Britain's greatest actors. Guinness literally is Smiley: Le Carré said that Guinness served as a template for the character's cunning and mournful rectitude. In anyone else's hands, Smiley might have seemed a blank and lifeless character, but Guinness' matchless ability to play within a scene while seeming to think well beyond it is magnetic. Guinness was the great everyman and underplayer of the generation that gave us such great British Shakespearean actors as Olivier, Richardson, and Gielgud. He's helped, too, by sharp dialogue lifted almost word-for-word from the book and terrific supporting performances (particularly an entirely silent but amazingly communicative Patrick Stewart, who has a cameo as Karla), which almost entirely obscure the fact that the miniseries largely consists of people sitting in rooms talking. It's a literate treat that brings to life the gray morality and conflicting loyalties of the Cold War. Be advised: viewers can get lost in the intricate plot if they don't pay close attention.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/04/2011
UPC:
0054961869190
Original Release:
1979
Source:
Acorn Media
Region Code:
1
Time:
5:24:00
Sales rank:
2,487

Special Features

Exclusive Interview with John Le Carré (28 min.); Production Notes; Glossary of main characters and terms; Cast Filmographies; le Carré Biography and Booklist; ; Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alec Guinness George Smiley
Michael Aldridge Percy Alleline,Actor
Bernard Hepton Toby Esterhase,Actor
Ian Richardson Bill Haydon
Michael Jayston Peter Guillam
Terence Rigby Roy Bland
Alexander Knox Control,Actor
Hywel Bennett Ricki Tarr
Joss Ackland Jerry Westerby
Ian Bannen Jim Prideaux
Anthony Bate Lacon,Actor
Hilary Minster Boris
Sian Phillips Ann Smiley,Actor
George Pravda Polyakov
John Standing Sam Collins
Patrick Stewart Actor,Karla

Technical Credits
John Irvin Director
Tony Pierce-Roberts Cinematographer
John le Carre Source Author

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
1. Prologue [3:30]
2. Mole Hunting [8:07]
3. Over the Border [7:58]
4. Ambushed [3:58]
5. Beggarman [9:58]
6. Called Up [4:21]
7. Lateralism [10:54]
8. End Credits [2:35]
1. Episode 9: Prologue [3:30]
2. Episode 10: On the Trail [8:07]
3. Episode 11: Meet the Wife [7:58]
4. Episode 12: Pillow Talk [3:58]
5. Episode 13: Revelation [9:58]
6. Episode 14: Follow the Path [4:21]
7. Episode 15: Spying on Spies [10:54]
8. Episode 16: End Credits [2:35]
1. Prologue [3:30]
2. Mole Hunting [8:07]
3. Over the Border [7:58]
4. Ambushed [3:58]
5. Beggarman [9:58]
6. Called Up [4:21]
7. Lateralism [10:54]
8. End Credits [2:35]
5. Prologue [2:01]
6. On the Trail [10:15]
7. Meet the Wife [5:50]
8. Pillow Talk [7:43]
9. Revelation [6:29]
10. Follow the Path [5:50]
11. Spying on Spies [13:35]
12. End Credits [2:35]
Disc #2 -- Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
1. Prologue [2:41]
2. Old School [8:57]
3. Missing History [8:26]
4. Witchcraft [5:49]
5. Buying Time [11:19]
6. Testify [6:01]
7. Tense Meeting [8:28]
8. End Credits [2:36]
1. Prologue [2:45]
2. Family Business [6:16]
3. Karla's Past [12:17]
4. Merlin and Mole [5:58]
5. Training Day [8:59]
6. Man the Boards [6:05]
7. Losing Control [9:22]
8. End Credits [2:36]
1. Prologue [2:45]
2. Old School [6:16]
3. Missing History [12:17]
4. Witchcraft [5:58]
5. Buying Time [8:59]
6. Testify [6:05]
7. Tense Meeting [9:22]
8. End Credits [2:36]
1. Prologue [2:45]
2. Family Business [6:16]
3. Karla's Past [12:17]
4. Merlin and Mode [5:58]
5. Training Day [8:59]
6. Man the Boards [6:05]
7. Losing Control [9:22]
8. End Credits [2:36]
Disc #3 -- Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
1. Prologue [4:15]
2. Brief Encounter [7:09]
3. Czech Memories [9:27]
4. Pub Tales [11:58]
5. Missing Rhino [2:36]
6. Gerald's Game [9:34]
7. Interrogation [6:37]
8. End Credits [2:35]
1. Prologue [4:15]
2. Under Watch [7:09]
3. Into the Open [9:27]
4. Uncover the Mole [11:58]
5. An Open Eye [2:36]
6. On the Inside [9:34]
7. Gone to Ground [6:37]
8. End Credits [2:35]
1. Prologue [4:51]
2. Brief Encounter [3:48]
3. Czech Memories [8:21]
4. Pub Tales [6:48]
5. Missing Rhino [9:33]
6. Gerald's Game [8:48]
7. Interrogation [8:43]
8. End Credits [2:36]
1. Prologue [4:51]
2. Under Watch [3:48]
3. Into the Open [8:21]
4. Uncover the Mole [6:48]
5. An Open Eye [9:33]
6. On the Inside [8:48]
7. Gone to Ground [8:43]
8. End Credits [2:36]

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