The Looking Glass War (1969)

The Looking Glass War


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In this Cold War espionage-thriller, adapted from the novel of John Le Carre, two veteran British intelligence operatives, Leclerc (Ralph Richardson) and Haldane (Paul Rogers), recruit a young Polish defector (Christopher Jones) to check on some missiles in East Germany. Avery (Anthony Hopkins) is the British agent assigned to help him to cross the East German border. Once behind the Iron Curtain, the recruit meets a sympathetic German girl (Pia Degermark) who tries to help him to evade the East … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
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On DVD: Dec 9, 2003



as The Girl

as Haldane

as Babs Leclerc

as Fritsche

as Captain Lansen

as East German Woman

as Avery's Child

as CIA Man

as Truck Driver

as East German Detectiv...

as Radio Engineer

as Russian Officer

as Chelsea Girl

as English Policeman

as Avery's Wife

as Mrs. King

as Taylor
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A remarkable film, long forgotten and overlooked, usually remembered these days for featuring a young Anthony Hopkins. And while he's great, this film belongs to Christopher Jones, the young, unfortunate American actor who would abruptly disappear from films soon after this film was released.

The Le Carre novel is quite different in certain plot points, particularly the main character of the Pole sent back to Germany to spy, but it's a testament to the wonderful work of the writer-director Frank Pierson who, though changing some fundamentals of the novel, managed to still make a faithful adaptation. In spirit, it's the same story as Le Carre's despite it's differences.

Love this film. One of the best spy films of the era, up there with "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold" for me.

Jeremy Bolton

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