Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

DVD - 2003
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George Smiley, a retired agent is secretly brought into 'the circus' (the code name for British Secret Intelligence Sevice) to root out a top-level mole. Gradually piecing together the story, the weary but determined Smiley trawls through the murky waters of Cold War espionage and his own past.
Publisher: London : BBC, c2003.
Branch Call Number: DVD TIN
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (315 min.) : col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Le Carré, John
Guinness, Alec


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Feb 07, 2017

absolute classic !!! 420

Oct 22, 2013

The 1979 BBC production of "Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy" starred 64 year old Academy Award winning actor Alec Guiness. Guiness is terrific as George Smiley, the man desperately looking for the Soviet mole who had penetrated the most secret position in British internal security, the very heart and mind of Great Britain. No secret was safe with the "other guy" listening at the planning table. Kim Philby is the model for this mole. Philby was a Communist who almost got himself elected to be Prime Minister before being detected but not before having done damage. Everyone was suddenly looking for their own moles that had to be immdiately found and rooted out. The BBC production is wonderful on every level. But wait there's more good stuff here that meets the eye. You watch the BBC production and then read the book without feeling you already know how it turns out. Or you can read the book and then watch the BBC production without feeling you already know how it turns out. DO BOTH!!

May 28, 2013

Did not like it. Tried to but nada.

Mar 31, 2013

A great, subtle, intelligent, suspenseful BBC miniseries. Not for those with ADD. Far better than the recent film with Gary Oldman, which had too much edited out. I've watched this several times and it always gets richer, even though I know what's coming. Intricate and magnificent, with Alec Guinness at his understated best.

Mar 29, 2013

Ugh...this was tough to get through. I started with the book but after 35 pages I knew that there was no way I was going to be able to make my way through the book so I got the DVD. I decided that watching a movie wasn't right so I got the book on CD and tried to listen to it in my car. I have to say that I was lost most of the book and only picked up a few things. I got more information in my book club but I definitely won't be looking for any more of these book. Definitely not my kind of read.

Oct 28, 2012

This DVD has over 5 hours of watching but it's rich in scope and full of fine language and detail.

btmslt Aug 07, 2012

Not the most entertaining. The first episode was rather dull The second started out slowly.....

neko Feb 17, 2010

There's a mole in the Circus and Control can't find it. He's close so Gerald betrays a friend to muddy the waters. It's a mess that must be sorted. A mess that Lacon does not want.

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