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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

(DVD - 2012)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
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At the height of the Cold War, a former agent for the British Secret Intelligence Service is called back to root out a Russian spy who has infiltrated the organization's highest levels.
Title: Tinker tailor soldier spy
[videorecording]
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, 2012
Edition: Widescreen format
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (128 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: Focus Features and StudioCanal present ; a Karla Films, Paradis Films, Kinowelt Filmproduction ; co-production with the participation of Canal+ and Cinecinema ; a Working Title production ; screenplay by Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan ; produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Robyn Slovo; directed by Tomas Alfredson
Notes: Title and credits from container
Based on the novel by John le Carré
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2011
Release date: Mar. 20, 2012
Bonus features: deleted scenes, first look, feature commentary
Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Summary: At the height of the Cold War, a former agent for the British Secret Intelligence Service is called back to root out a Russian spy who has infiltrated the organization's highest levels.
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama TINKER
Credits: Director of photography, Hoyte van Hoytema ; editor, Dino Jonns̈äter ; music by Alberto Iglesias.
Performers: Gary Oldman, Kathy Burke, Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, Stephen Graham, Tom Hardy, Ciarán Hinds, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Simon McBurney, Mark Strong.
System Details: DVD; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround; NTSC, region 1
Other Language: English, French or Spanish dialogue; French or Spanish subtitles
English subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing
Subject Headings: Intelligence service Great Britain Drama Smiley, George (Fictitious character) Drama Moles (Spies) Drama Servicio de inteligencia Gran Bretaña Teatro. bidex Smiley, George (Personaje literario) Teatro. bidex Películas cinematográficas. bidex
Genre/Form: Feature films
Spy films
Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Film adaptations
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Intelligence service
Smiley, George (Fictitious character)
Moles (Spies)
Servicio de inteligencia
Smiley, George (Personaje literario)
Películas cinematográficas
Publisher No: 61120847 Universal Studios Home Entertainment
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Through all of the adaptations, one thing remains constant: master spy George Smiley's thick glasses.


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Sep 20, 2014
  • rp3276 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Gary Oldman's portrayl of George Smiley is how I always will think of him. It was brilliant! I have had to watch this several times to get it all. Intense....

Tinker, Tailor ... is one of the finest spy/thrillers ever penned. The BBC/Alec Guinness adaptation is one of the finest spy/thrillers ever filmed. The 2011 version didn't come close to the source or the previous film. Boring, vastly disappointing, squandering of good actors and locales.

Aug 05, 2014
  • COURIER3 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

BORING. 20 MINUTES WAS ENOUGH.
OVER RATED

Jul 26, 2014
  • erndawgg rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great Thriller. I'm ok with the resolution, but felt knowing what happened to everyone else (other than Smiley and the Mole) would have helped with closure.

A good adaptation. Gary Oldham is great as George Smiley, he play Smiley must tougher than Alex Guiness, but still with that interior life that Guiness portrayed

Feb 23, 2014
  • NightGoat72 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Subtlety can be a tricky thing. In the hands of a craftsman like Elia Kazan, it can be the pathway to a masterpiece. But in the new adaptation of John le Carre's espionage novel Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, director Tomas Alfredson banks on the trait so heavily that the rather simple narrative at the film's core is quickly lost in a convoluted mess of long pauses, meaningful glances, and generally frustrating storytelling.

It should be noted that this approach works wonders during the film's opening ten minutes or so. The early sequence of a potentially volatile meeting between two edgy gentlemen looking very intense and covert unfolds with palpable tension and remarkable attention to detail, playing out almost like a description-for-description visualization of a novel. However, this alluring scene - followed by a silently character-developing credits sequence - is as far as the thrill goes. Things unravel quickly as characters, subplots, and flashbacks are introduced and subsequently passed over in a whirlwind of information that, upon closer examination, really isn't all that complex. It's just that Alfredson wants us to believe that it is. This decidedly impenetrable structure is the film's ultimate undoing, as it creates an uninterested distance in the audience and renders the proceedings dreadfully dull and boring. In the end, Alfredson favors intricacy over forward momentum and forced style over character development. When the identity of the mole in MI6 is finally revealed, all one can muster is a disinterested shrug, as one can hardly tell the difference between any of the suspects in the first place.

Jan 30, 2014
  • Matisse rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is a great puzzle of a movie. A terrific ensemble of UK actors. You have to pay attention, it's not an easy, no-brainer movie.

Dec 22, 2013
  • simonbrenden rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I greatly enjoyed the original tv version featuring Alec Guiness and was concerned whether this film (shorter in length) could capture the feel of the book. It did. Gary Oldman was excellent as Smiley and the other actors such as Mark Strong, Tom Hardy, Ciaran Hinds, and Toby Jones performed very well. This is a film that you have to pay attention to throughout the entire film or you will miss some important details.

Dec 21, 2013
  • tronyfree rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I watched this with the sub-titles on as it's important to grasp all the nuances and words clearly or it might leave you a bit confused.It's all tied up neatly in the end though so hang in there,beautifully edited and scripted,with wonderful acting from Gary Oldman,Mark Strong,John Hurt,Colin Firth,and Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock Holmes),the perfect antidote to all those blockbuster super hero films.When is Colin Firth going to do a James Bond type character? He has that invincible British aura that Sean Connery had.

Aug 20, 2013
  • hania4987 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I have always admired Gary Oldman for his ability to disappear into his characters. In this piece, he plays a man who literally disappears into his surroundings but, ironically, is the center of the action. It is a story of loyalty and betrayal, quiet almost mundane with punctuations of violence and action. There are many long-ish segments without dialogue, so you have to watch or miss details. It's the daddy of all modern spy thrillers with an incredible cast.

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Jun 15, 2012
  • Mike117 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Mike117 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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Jun 15, 2012
  • Mike117 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is not a James Bond thriller.
It is about a British Intelegence agency that has a mole to deal with.
No karate, no action except in the mind of the hunter and the mole.

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Jun 15, 2012
  • Mike117 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: one man is shot (not dead) in a mall type place. An innocent bystander is shot and killed by mistake.

Jun 15, 2012
  • Mike117 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: some swearing

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Feb 17, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

(a teenage couple are making out in front of Connie and Smiley) Connie Sachs: "I don't know about you George, but I'm feeling seriously under-f**ked!"

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