Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Director: John Irvin Cast: Alec Guinness, Michael Aldridge, 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 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/03/2012
UPC: 0054961876297
Original Release: 1979
Source: Acorn Media
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 5:24:00
Sales rank: 10,663

Special Features

Exclusive interview with Director John Irvin (29 min.); Deleted scenes (11 min.); Interview with John le Carré (27 min.); Production notes; Glossary of main characters and terms; le Carré biography and booklist

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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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this first in London while living there in the 90s. This is, without exception, the finest spy story ever told. It is filled with wholly believable characters and great narrative. Do yourself a favor...pony up the money and buy this DVD. You will not be disappointed.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read and enjoyed LeCarre's trilogy about George Smiley several times long ago. I caught only part of this series when it was aired on PBS television so VERY long ago and have been waiting for YEARS to see it available on ANY video format viewable in the USA. Do yourself a favor and get both parts at the same time so you don't have to wonder how it all turns out.
Stemline More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderfully complex and erudite story, and, as one would expect from the cast, it is superbly acted. The clutter that usually surrounds spy stories (impossible feats of action, for example) is blessedly absent. The only problem is that the second biggest "name" is cast as the traitor, so the suspense is reduced to waiting to see how Smiley figures out who it is. One of the best spy movies ever made in my view.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is as good as has ever been seen on the small screen. The subtleties of Sir Alec Guiness' performance (he IS George Smiley) perfectly follows the current of this magnificent adaptation of the preeminent Cold War novel. Finally on DVD, this is a must buy for anyone with an appreciation of the truly great works. It stands up to an infinite amount of repeat viewings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, is the hunt for the mole inside the British Secret Service. All of Le Carre's twists and turns are intact, leading to one of the great spy stories. Alec Guinness IS George Smiley, retired spy who must hunt the mole. Great acting alround.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alec Guiness, while widely know from Star Wars was a gem of an actor. His many films will show an interested viewer a very accomplished & gifted performer. In Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy you will see Alec Guiness lead a stable of actors in their portrail of the inner works of the British Spy machine. This is a delightful film that needs to be watched closely because there is a lot going on. Le Carre, a former spy, is a master storyteller. Guiness plays the retired but very thorough and well respected George Smiley who is asked to find the Russian 'mole' in the British Circus. This can viewed in a very long sitting or over a series of days or weeks. It is a film ou can return to again and again to enjoy. A sort of sequel is Smiley's People. But they are independent of each other. Seeing "Tinker, Tailor" first will benefit slightly when you watch Smiley's People
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sir Alec Guiness brings to life the physically unassuming but mentally acute spy master George Smiley. This superb work ( for once the tv version is true to the book ) is hugely enjoyable if you are a fan of dialogue and character oriented drama.
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