Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Critic Consensus: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a dense puzzle of anxiety, paranoia, and espionage that director Tomas Alfredson pieces together with utmost skill.
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as Bill Haydon
as George Smiley
as Ricki Tarr
as Jim Prideaux
as Oliver Lacon
as Peter Guillam
as Roy Bland
as Percy Alleline
as Toby Esterhase
as Connie Sachs
as Jerry Westerby
as Voice of Karla
as Mrs. Pope Graham
as Mary Alleline
as Ann Smiley
as Mrs. McCraig
as Bill Roach
as Tufty Thesinger
as Turkish Mistress
as Listening Woman
as Janitor Alwyn
as Guillam's Boyfriend
as Christmas Party Gues...
as French Man at Reside...
as Hungarian Waiter
as Woman in Window
as KGB Agent
as Jim Prideaux
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Critic Reviews for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
The movie is riveting in the exact sense of the word: We feel nailed to the screen in the impossible task of working out what is going on-let alone why it matters.
I think I eventually put it all together in the end, but the picture makes this task neither easy nor particularly rewarding.
Even an ensemble cast of a very high pedigree can't overcome a plot that's been compacted into near-incomprehensibility.
"Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," with its meticulous Cold War details and labyrinthine plot, is like a smoky 25-year-old single malt scotch whiskey. It hits you hard, but goes down smooth.
A masterful adaptation of John Le Carre's 1970s spy thriller about the secret British hunt for a high-ranking KGB mole.
For all those that look at the films of the golden age and chide that "they don't make them that way anymore", here's a fine example that a film can be fresh, intelligent, drawing from the past while carving out its own unique and very contemporary vision
Audience Reviews for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
A complex espionage thriller that makes excellent use of a careful pacing to stretch the tension to its maximum and an appropriately dark cinematography to recreate the paranoia of the '70s and the Cold War maneuvers, while Gary Oldman underacts in a perfect performance.
It's slow, complex, stimulating and uncompromising; basically an average movie-goer's nightmare. I love that.
An ex spy for MI6 is called out of retirement to uncover a Russian double agent in the top echelons of their organisation. The one thing that can be said in favour of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is that it reeks of quality. The exceptional ensemble cast present what can only be described as an acting master class and the direction, photography and production design are all top notch. The problem with the film lies with its script, but that's not to say that it's badly written; quite the contrary in fact. The dialogue is smart, the themes sophisticated and characters well drawn. The trouble lies with the fact that this Cold War world of secrecy, back stabbing and betrayal seems so alien in the internet age that it's quite difficult to involve yourself in the dense, convoluted story. I couldn't connect emotionally with any of these cold-hearted and detached individuals and the fact of the matter was that I didn't really care who the mole was. Technically marvellous but those looking for a cinematic quick fix will find Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy too much like hard work.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Quotes
|George Smiley:||Hello Ricki. You missed the wedge.|
|George Smiley:||It was the war Connie.|
|George Smiley:||Karla will be looking for you.|
|Ricki Tarr:||Yeah. Everybody's looking for me.|
|George Smiley:||You can't stay here. It isn't safe.|
|Ricki Tarr:||Then the message comes through. "We read you." That was all they said. Nothing. It didn't make sense. It was like they were stalling.|
|George Smiley:||Then what happened?|
|Ricki Tarr:||Then all of a sudden the Russians begin to move. [He finds a dead body]. It was nice work. i couldn't have done better myself. The message was clear. I had to warn her [Irina]. [Ricki telephones her, but she's afraid to pick up the phone, and then some Russians come and take her away.] I looked for her everywhere. I couldn't find her at the airport. I checked the ports. They had taken her away on a ship.|
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