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The Spy Who Came in From the Cold

(DVD - 2004 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
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A British spy defects to East Germany as a ruse to feed false information to the government.
Title: The spy who came in from the cold
[videorecording]
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Pictures, [2004]
Edition: Widescreen version
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (112 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: a Paramount picture ; a Salem production ; produced and directed by Martin Ritt ; screenplay by Paul Dehn and Guy Trosper
Notes: Originally released as a motion picture in 1965
Based on the novel by John Le Carre
Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Summary: A British spy defects to East Germany as a ruse to feed false information to the government.
Additional Contributors: Ritt, Martin - 1914-1990
Dehn, Paul - 1912-1976
Trosper, Guy - 1911-1963
Burton, Richard - 1925-1984
Bloom, Claire - 1931-
Werner, Oskar - 1922-1984
Wanamaker, Sam - 1919-1993
Voskovec, Jiří - 1905-1981
Davies, Rupert - 1916-1976
Cusack, Cyril - 1910-1993
Eyck, Peter van - 1911-1969
Le Carré, John - Spy who came in from the cold - 1931-
Paramount Pictures Corporation
Salem Films
ISBN: 0792198719
9780792198710
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama SPY
Credits: Director of photography, Oswald Morris ; editor, Anthony Harvey ; music, Sol Kaplan.
Performers: Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Oskar Werner, Sam Wanamaker, George Voskovec, Rupert Davies, Cyril Cusack, Peter Van Eyck.
System Details: DVD, region 1; Dolby Digital
Other Language: English (5.1 surround) or French (mono) dialogue, English subtitles; closed-captioned
Subject Headings: Smiley, George (Fictitious character) Drama Intelligence service Great Britain Drama
Genre/Form: Spy films
Feature films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Smiley, George (Fictitious character)
Intelligence service
Publisher No: 06509 Paramount Pictures
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A British spy defects to East Germany as a ruse to feed false information to the government.


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Jan 07, 2014
  • MBSL500 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Read the novel years ago and loved it. Remembered the novel was all about George Smiley - the movie hardly included him. Couldn't equate the movie to the novel at all. Richard Burton is good but underwhelming in this role. The other actors were forget-able. Half star.

Dec 13, 2013
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of the best films I’ve seen this year, but I have to admit that I had to play the first third and then go to the supplements on disc 2 to get a better handle of what was going on. Not only is this a complicated realistic look at British espionage in East Germany, but it includes a lot of double-crossing and questions about who is planned for extermination – are some killings not really planned. I am sure that I did not really understand a lot when I first saw this in a theatre in the 1960’s (when you had not chance to pause and rewind, etc.). By the way, it could have been made in color, but the director chose black and white to accentuate the bleakness of the story. I will be revisiting this film in the coming years. There is a scary kangaroo trial near the end of the film where it is adjudged that one of the characters must be taken out and executed. This is very similar to December, 2013, whereby the North Korean dictator demotes his uncle one week and has him tried and executed the next week.

Oct 28, 2012
  • George Millar rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A classic which is just as good today as when it came out in black and white.

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