Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Director: Tomas Alfredson Cast: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy

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Overview

Let the Right One In director Tomas Alfredson takes the helm for this adaptation of John Le Carré's novel about an ex-British agent who emerges from retirement to expose a mole in MI6. England, 1973: British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) head Control (John Hurt) and his top-ranking lieutenant George Smiley (Gary Oldman) are both forced into retirement after a mission involving respected secret agent Jim Prideaux (Mark Strong) turns unexpectedly deadly. As the Cold War continues to escalate, suspicions of a Soviet double agent begin to grow within SIS. Subsequently summoned by Undersecretary Oliver Lacon (Simon McBurney), Smiley is secretly reemployed by the SIS in order to root out the double agent suspected of sharing top-secret British intelligence with the Soviets. Meanwhile, as Smiley and his new partner Peter Guillam (Benedict Cumberbatch) begin systematically examining all of the official missions and records involving MI6, the veteran spy can't help but recall an encounter he once had with Karla, a dangerous Russian operative, years prior. At first, uncovering the identity of the infiltrator seems nearly impossible. Smiley and Guillam get a big break, however, when undercover agent Ricki Tarr (Tom Hardy) reveals that he has fallen for a mysterious woman in Turkey named Irina (Svetlana Khodchenkova), who may have a crucial lead. Later, upon learning that Control had comprised a list of five possible suspects, code-named Tinker (Toby Jones), Tailor (Colin Firth), Soldier (Ciarán Hinds), Poor Man (David Dencik), and Beggar Man -- none other than Smiley himself -- the investigation begins to heat up again.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/20/2012
UPC: 0025192125546
Original Release: 2011
Rating: R
Source: Universal Studios
Time: 2:08:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gary Oldman George Smiley
Colin Firth Bill Haydon
Tom Hardy Ricki Tarr
Mark Strong Jim Prideaux
Ciarán Hinds Roy Bland
John Hurt Control
Simon McBurney Oliver Lacon
Svetlana Khodchenkova Irina
Benedict Cumberbatch Peter Guillam
Toby Jones Percy Alleline
David Dencik Toby Esterhase
Kathy Burke Connie Sachs
Stephen Graham Jerry Westerby
Zoltán Musci Magyar
Arthur Nightingale Bryant
Amanda Fairbank-Hynes Belinda
Peter McNeil O'Connor Fawn
Roger Lloyd-Pack Mendel
Matyelok Gibbs Mrs. Pope Graham
Philip Hill-Pearson Norman
Jamie Thomas King Kaspar
Stuart Graham Minister
Konstantin Khabenskiy Polyakov
Sarah-Jane Robinson Mary Alleline
Katrina Vasilieva Ann Smiley
Linda Marlowe Mrs. McCraig
William Haddock Bill Roach
Erskine Wylie Spikeley
Philip Martin Brown Tufty Thesinger
Tomasz Kowalski Boris
Alexandra Salafranca Turkish Mistress
Denis Khoroshko Ivan
Oleg Dzhabrailov Sergei
Gillian Steventon Listening Woman
Nick Hopper Janitor Alwyn
Laura Carmichael Sal
Rupert Procter Guillam's Boyfriend
Michael Sarne Voice of Karla
Christian McKay Mackelvore
Jean-Claude Jay French Man at Residency
Tom Stuart Ben
Péter Kálloy Molnár Hungarian Waiter
Ilona Kassai Woman in Window
Imre Csuja KGB Agent

Technical Credits
Tomas Alfredson Director
Nick Angel Musical Direction/Supervision
Tim Bevan Producer
Bridget O'Connor Screenwriter
John LeCarre Executive Producer
Liza Chasin Executive Producer
Olivier Courson Executive Producer
Maria Djurkovic Production Designer
Jacqueline Durran Costumes/Costume Designer
Eric Fellner Producer
Alexandra Ferguson Co-producer
Pilar Foy Art Director
Ron Halpern Executive Producer
Debra Hayward Executive Producer
Mark Holt Special Effects Supervisor
Alberto Iglesias Score Composer
Jina Jay Casting
Dino Jonsater Editor
Peter Morgan Executive Producer
Alexander Oakley Asst. Director
Robyn Slovo Producer
Peter Straughan Screenwriter
Douglas Urbanski Executive Producer
Hoyte van Hoytema Cinematographer

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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
The story and characters were interesting. I mean it was okay at times but does have its moments. Also, a lot of familiar faces.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chapter1-Take1 More than 1 year ago
And so it began. And right off the bat, it was different from LeCarre's gentle start with Jim Prideaux arriving at the school in its bucolic setting. Instead we are taken to the Circus right away. If I thought for a moment that the film might be leaving LeCarre's quiet suspense behind in favor of a more modern taste for fast action I was wrong. The film moves slowly but steadily along, with frequent flashbacks from this spy or that to explain what they knew, when they knew it, and who they told, thereby explaining the intricasies of the plot. But do they? Having read the book, I had a pretty good handle on who the fairly large assortment of spys and counterspies were and what they were doing. And yes, in this somewhat tidied up version, a few of those names were lopped off; I wonder how easily the storyline is followed by someone who hasn't (heaven forbid) read the book first? All the key players are that special brand of British actor - every movement solid and believable, no false notes. John Hurt as Control was every bit as wild and paranoid as his literary counterpart. i wonder if he will be considered for a Best Supporting nod. I do think it wouldn't have hurt Gary Oldman to have picked up a pound or two to pad his girth so he could more readily be LeCarre's fat barefoot spy, and I admit to examining the lines on his face from one scene to another to determine their source, makeup or life. Makeup I think. Having said that, I thought he was quite wonderful in his patient, calm, quiet reserve on the exterior, George Smiley. He isn't really called upon to do much more than that though, with a couple of exceptions, one being where he sees his wife in the arms of another man. (Won't say whose arms for those who haven't read it) so I don't think it has the histrionics needed for award season. The director has all but hidden the elusive Ann from our eyes, perhaps so we can create the perfect fantasy woman that Smiley holds her to be? There is a lovely moment when we view George from the back, as he sees Ann, his legs barely buckle at the sight. It's a very subtle and perfect touch. Tom Hardy is sensual and gives us the touch of sex we all secretly crave but he's more than his full, almost pornographic lips. His recounting to Smiley of the Irina adventure is one of the most endearing and emotional scenes in the film. Mark Strong isn't at all what I pictured when I read about Jim Pridoux and they've changed a bit about his role in the plot (in the book it's a little more action-oriented!) and I would have loved some more sweet moments with Bill Roach and the other boys but he won me over; his eyes tell a thousand tales. I really feel the need to imdb him and see everything else he's been in. My husband worked with him on Tristand and Isolde starring James Franco and says he is just a terrific guy, classically trained, brilliant but likeable. Colin Firth, the film's movie star, as Bill Haydon was quite as charming as LeCarre intended but isn't he always? That mix of swagger and vulnerability, the offhand smile; he's quite deadly. I had never heard of the director, Tomas Alfredson, before. He's a Swede who has done mostly nordic television work so I can't quite fathom how he landed such a plum job. He did helm the vampire flick "Let the Right One In" - it may have a cult following I'm not aware of. Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan wrote the screenplay together as they did Sixty Six, again a film I've never heard of