The Spy Who Came In from the Cold

The Spy Who Came In from the Cold

Director: Martin Ritt Cast: Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Oskar Werner
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The Spy Who Came In from the Cold

Based on the novel by John Le Carre, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold stars Richard Burton as a dispirited, end-of-tether British secret agent. He comes in from "the cold" (meaning he is pulled out of field operations) to act as a undercover man behind the Iron Curtain. To make his staged defection seem genuine, Burton goes on an alcoholic toot and is imprisoned and publicly humiliated. Once he has been accepted into East German espionage circles, Burton discovers that what he thought was his mission was a mere subterfuge--and that he's been set up as a pawn for an entirely different operation. Though Ireland and England "stand in" for East Berlin, Spy Who Came In From the Cold has the air of authenticity throughout, thanks in great part to the bleak black and white photography by Oswald Morris. The film was condemned as incomprehensible by those filmgoers accustomed to the simplistic melodramatics of James Bond; seen today, the double-crosses and double-double crosses seem all too clear and credible.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/10/2013
UPC: 0715515110716
Original Release: 1965
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W, Wide Screen]
Time: 1:52:00
Sales rank: 6,016

Special Features

Exclusive, wide-ranging interview with author John le Carré; Selected-scene Commentary featuring Director of Photography Oswald Morris; The Secret Centre: John le Carré, a 2000 BBC documentary on the author's life and work; Interview with actor Richard Burton from a 1967 episode of the BBC series Acting in the 60's, conducted by critic Kenneth Tynan; Audio conversation from 1985 between Director Martin Ritt and film historian Patrick McGilligan; Gallery of set designs; Trailer; Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Michael Sragow

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Burton Alec Leamas
Claire Bloom Nan Perry
Oskar Werner Fiedler
Sam Wanamaker Peters
George Voskovec East German Defense Attorney
Rupert Davies George Smiley
Cyril Cusack Control
Peter Van Eyck Hans-Dieter Mundt
Michael Hordern Ashe
David Bauer Young Judge
Anne Blake Miss Crail
Richard Caldicot Mr. Pitt
Marianne Deeming Frau Floerdke
Scot Finch German Guide
Niall MacGinnis Guard
Walter Gotell Holten
Robert Hardy Carlton
Edward Harvey Man in the Shop
Katherine Keeton Stripper
Esmond Knight Old Judge
Bernard Lee Patmore
Beatrix Lehmann President of Tribunal
Richard Marner Vopo Captain
George Mikell German Checkpoint Guard
Warren Mitchell Mr. Zanfrello
Nancy Nevinson Mrs. Zanfrello
Steve Plytas East German Judge
Michael Ripper Lofthouse
Michael Ritterman Security Officer
Tom Stern CIA Agent

Technical Credits
Martin Ritt Director,Producer
Edward Marshall Art Director
Oswald Morris Cinematographer
Motley Costumes/Costume Designer
George Frost Makeup
Tambi Larsen Production Designer
Josie MacAvin Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Ted Marshall Production Designer
Hal Pereira Production Designer
Sol Kaplan Score Composer
Paul Dehn Screenwriter
Guy Troper Screenwriter
John le Carre Source Author
Anthony Harvey Editor

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The Spy Who Came In from the Cold 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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John Le Carre's THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD was the first to introduce the genre of the 'Spy Thrillers' that captured the espionage double-dealing twists of the Cold War as the NATO Allies faced off against the Warsaw Pact. The movie is true to the book. Done in black and white, the dark, moody tone of the filming successfully relies on the powerful acting abilities of Richard Burton and Oskar Werner. Great flick. If you're a buff of Cold War spy thrillers, this is where you begin. Don't miss it!
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