Smiley's People

Smiley's People

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Overview

Smiley's People

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/04/2011
UPC: 0054961869299
Original Release: 1982
Source: Acorn Media
Region Code: 1
Time: 5:24:00
Sales rank: 15,854

Special Features

Closed Caption; Exclusive interview with John le Carré (20 min.); Production notes; Glossary of main characters and terms; Cast filmographies; Le Carré biography and booklist

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alec Guinness George Smiley
Vass Anderson Carson
Eileen Atkins Madame Ostrakova
Anthony Bate Oliver Lacon
Andrew Bradford Ferguson
Jonathan Burn Edmonds
Patrick Stewart Karla
Michael Byrne Peter Guillam
Jan Carey Hospital Sister
Jean Champion Monsieur La Pierre
Francois Clavier Man in warehouse
Peter Guinness Hare Krishna Monk

Technical Credits
Simon Langton Director
John LeCarre Screenwriter
Patrick Gowers Score Composer
John Hopkins Screenwriter
Kenneth MacMillan Cinematographer
Jonathan Powell Producer
John le Carre Original Story

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Smiley's People
1. News From Moscow [9:20]
2. The General [12:55]
3. Calling Max [9:53]
4. Authorized Version [10:47]
5. Avoid Scandal [10:23]
1. Flat 6B [9:20]
2. Straight and Steady [12:55]
3. It's About Vladimir [9:53]
4. His Vicar [10:47]
5. Negative Image [10:23]
1. News From Moscow [9:20]
2. The General [12:55]
3. Calling Max [9:53]
4. Authorized Version [10:47]
5. Avoid Scandal [10:23]
1. Flat 6B [9:20]
2. Straight and Steady [12:55]
3. It's About Vladimir [9:53]
4. His Vicar [10:47]
5. Negative Image [10:23]
Disc #2 -- Smiley's People
1. Name is Benati [11:05]
2. Retirement [8:34]
3. Filling the Gaps [12:26]
4. About a Girl [7:37]
5. The Blue Diamond [13:36]
1. Looking for Otto [8:48]
2. Water Camp [11:40]
3. Blackmail Material [9:46]
4. Removals Job [11:53]
5. Rogue Elephant [11:06]
1. Name is Benati [11:05]
2. Retirement [8:34]
3. Filling the Gaps [12:26]
4. About a Girl [7:37]
5. The Blue Diamond [13:36]
1. Looking for Otto [8:48]
2. Water Camp [11:40]
3. Blackmail Material [9:46]
4. Removals Job [11:53]
5. Rogue Elephant [11:06]
Disc #3 -- Smiley's People
1. Kirov [10:44]
2. Spells It Out [9:50]
3. Goodbye Ann [11:20]
4. Berne [11:01]
5. Asylum [10:21]
1. Grigoriev [12:27]
2. Key to Karla [12:49]
3. Alexandra's Secret [10:39]
4. Letter [5:42]
5. Berlin [11:42]
1. Kirov [10:44]
2. Spells It Out [9:50]
3. Goodbye Ann [11:20]
4. Berne [11:01]
5. Asylum [10:21]
1. Grigoriev [12:27]
2. Key to Karla [12:49]
3. Alexandra's Secret [10:39]
4. Letter [5:42]
5. Berlin [11:42]

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Smiley's People 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Stemline More than 1 year ago
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.
billq More than 1 year ago
How can I get subtitles for Smiley's People? I have a Sony Blu Ray.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.