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At the height of the Cold War, British spy Alec Leamas (Richard Burton) is nearly ready to retire, but first he has to take on one last dangerous assignment. Going deep undercover, he poses as a drunken, disgraced former MI5 agent in East Germany in order to gain information about colleagues who have been captured. When he himself is thrown in jail and interrogated, Leamas finds himself caught in a sinister labyrinth of plots and counter-plots unlike anything in his long career.

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Critic Reviews for The Spy Who Came in From the Cold

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Audience Reviews for The Spy Who Came in From the Cold

  • Apr 02, 2014
    In comparison to many films made about the Cold War after the Cold War, this stands out as a wonderful spy film at the height of the tension. Richard Burton is fantastic in the lead.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 17, 2013
    Being a John le Carre adaptation, you can expect that "The Spy Who Came in From the Cold" will be two things: grim and unexciting. There's no doubting that events like this did happen during the Cold War, but that doesn't make it any more of a compelling watch. The pace is unrelenting in its slowness, the plot doesn't take any interesting turns, and it's just not involving or likable. Richard Burton's understated acting, Oswald Morris' gloomy black-and-white photography and a morally ambiguous tone are really all that the film has going for it.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2012
    This film's entire existence is merely as an real world answer to the James Bond craze prevalent in its day and then simply to say: "that's not true." Well what is the truth then? Sad little men sulking in shadows, lying to everyone, especially themselves. Burton is really good as one of the men, a guy who hates himself playing a guy who hates himself playing a guy who hates himself. Its really grim but good.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 04, 2012
    Although the build up (first 30 minutes) is a bit slow, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold quickly becomes a trhilling adventure. The plot is original and exciting and the acting was beyond my expectations. Altogether, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is a daring thriller. Favorite Scene: The end when he decides not to climb the wall
    Anthony L Super Reviewer

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