Cast: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Running Time: 127 minutes
The long awaited feature film adaptation of the classic bestselling novel by John le Carre, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, has not failed to intrigue audiences the world over. Taking out the 2011 BAFTA for Outstanding British Film and nominated for three Academy Awards, the espionage thriller delves deep into the British Secret Service (a.k.a MI6) during the Cold War.
The time is 1973. The Cold War of the mid-20th Century continues to damage international relations. Britain's Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), a.k.a. MI6 and code-named the Circus, is striving to keep pace with other countries' espionage efforts and to keep the U.K. secure. The head of the Circus, known as Control (John Hurt), personally sends dedicated operative Jim Prideaux (Mark Strong) into Hungary. But Jim's mission goes bloodily awry, and Control is forced out of the Circus - as is his top lieutenant, George Smiley (Gary Oldman), a career spy with razor-sharp senses.
Estranged from his absent wife Ann, Smiley is soon called in to see under secretary Oliver Lacon (Simon McBurney); he is to be rehired in secret at the government's behest, as there is a gnawing fear that the Circus has long been compromised by a double agent, or mole, working for the Soviets and jeopardising. In trying to track and identify the mole, Smiley is haunted by his decades-earlier interaction with the shadowy Russian spymaster, Karla.
Smiley soon learns that Control have narrowed down the list of mole suspects to five men - ambitious Percy Alleline (Toby Jones), whom he had code-named Tinker; suavely confident Bill Haydon (Colin Firth), dubbed Tailor; stalwart Roy Bland (Ciarán Hinds), called Soldier; officious Toby Esterhase (David Dencik), dubbed Poor Man; and - Smiley himself, tagged as Spy.
Even before the startling truth is revealed, the emotional and physical tolls on the players enmeshed in the deadly international spy game will escalate.
Commentary with Gary Oldman & Director Tomas Alfredson
John Le Carre interview
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
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