Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

DVD - 2012
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
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.

Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, 2012
Edition: Widescreen format
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama TINKER
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (128 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in


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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....

May 21, 2014
  • debwalker rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Read the book so long ago that I had forgotten the ending. Though it began to submerge about half way through. Brilliantly acted - amazing how distant the cold war era feels now. Or felt - hello, Mr. Putin.

May 12, 2014

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.

Aug 20, 2013
  • 2101kol rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

It requires attention to be able to become invested in the film.

Aug 19, 2013

Skillfully made and intriguing, for sure, but the main character (Smiley, played by Gary Oldman) remained too opaque throughout. Yes, he's a repressed, British intelligence guy in the cold war, so he's got to keep his poker face on, but we needed to see his heart more by the end. We never get to.

A more moving & rewarding film with similar origins (i.e. British, cold war, and based on a book by LeCarre) is The Spy Who Came in from the Cold starring Richard Burton.

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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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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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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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