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
A British spy defects to East Germany as a ruse to feed false information to the government.


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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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Feb 28, 2015
  • Vivica rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Classic and timeless...if you love movies...this one is definitely a must!!

Feb 27, 2015
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This 50-year old film still holds its charm after all these years. And being black-and-white gives it character. The materials, however, are definitely very dated. A must if you are into espionage stories and twisted plots.

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
  • geomillar 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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