The Little Drummer Girl (1984)




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Based on John Le Carré's novel by the same name, this story about Charlie (Diane Keaton) a female double agent working between the Palestinians and Israelis, loses some of the excitement and in-depth characterization engendered by the long novel -- mainly because the novel is hard to capture in a two-hour filmed format. But the action itself carries viewers along as Charlie ends up leaving England and her job as an actress in a Brit repertory company to meet Kurtz (Klaus Kinski) in Greece who recruits her as a spy. Charlie later has to handle her own emotions when she gets romantically involved with her Israeli contact (Yorgo Voyagis), though events move her quickly along to a Palestinian military camp near Beirut. Once she has passed herself off as a reliable Palestinian agent and completed her military training at the camp, she goes to Germany to hunt down a Palestinian terrorist (Sami Frey). Filled with a multitude of characters and locations, not to mention camera shots, the intensity of this story is dissipated somewhat by literally and figuratively covering a lot of territory, though the thread of the story itself is never lost.
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Diane Keaton
as Charlie
Yorgo Voyagis
as Joseph
Klaus Kinski
as Martin Kurtz
Sami Frey
as Khalil
David Suchet
as Mesterbein
Eli Danker
as Litvak
Ben Levine
as Dimitri
Danni Roth
as Oded
Avi Keidar
as Raoul
Anna Massey
as Chairlady
Thorley Walters
as Ned Quilley
Julian Firth
as Young Man
Albert Moses
as Green Grocer
Ben Robertson
as Policeman
David Cornwell
as Commander
Michael Graham Cox
as Donald/Soldier
Dee Sadler
as Diana
Rowena Cooper
as Miss Bach
Peter Capell
as Schwili
Sasi Saad
as Leon
Heinz Weiss
as Red Cross
Rolf Becker
as Red Cross
Ori Levy
as Lenny
Moti Shirin
as Michel
Robert Pereno
as Rossino
Shimon Finkel
as Prof. Minkel
Aviva Joel
as Mrs. Ben Ami
Max Schillinger
as Bus Driver
Dieter Augustin
as Freiburg City Official
Noam Almaz
as Gabriel
Paul Prosper
as Translator
Jeff Lester
as American
Adib Jashan
as Bomb Instructor
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Critic Reviews for The Little Drummer Girl

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
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Stark criticisms are unavoidable, even as I'm forced to admit that the film is one of those wrongly-assembled movies that is built on such an unusual Hollywood premise...that it eventually becomes halfway fascinating.

Full Review… | January 5, 2012
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February 1, 2006
Atlantic City Weekly

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