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The Looking Glass War (1969)

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 German secret police and to complete his assignment. ~ Yuri German, Rovimore
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
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On DVD: Dec 9, 2003


Pia Degermark
as The Girl
Paul Rogers
as Haldane
Maxine Audley
as Babs Leclerc
Guy Deghy
as Fritsche
Frederick Jaeger
as Captain Lansen
Sylvia Langova
as East German Woman
Russell Lewis
as Avery's Child
Paul Maxwell
as CIA Man
Michael Robbins
as Truck Driver
Cyril Shaps
as East German Detectiv...
Ernst Walder
as Radio Engineer
David Scheuer
as Russian Officer
Angela Down
as Chelsea Girl
Robert Wilde
as English Policeman
Anna Massey
as Avery's Wife
Vivian Pickles
as Mrs. King
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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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