Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy


The enemy is within.

Actor-tastic adaptation of the 1974 British spy novel by John le Carré, directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In) – his first English-language film.... More

In the bleak days of the Cold War, middle-aged, taciturn, espionage veteran George Smiley (Gary Oldman) is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6's echelons, dubbed the "Circus" by those who work there.

A previous adapation was made in 1979 as a seven-part series for BBC, featuring Alec Guiness as George Smiley.Hide

Flicks Review

When Tinker Tailor sweeps this year’s award nominations as it surely will – this is a film that yawns with quality – the one it most deserves will be missing: Best Supporting Mote. Adapted from John Le Carré’s Cold War spy novel, Tomas Alfredson’s follow-up to Let The Right One In is thick with dust, must and ash, its ageing agents suffocating in waves of grey as they try to root out the Russian mole “muddying the waters” at M16. Is there any point? As Gary Oldman’s creased George Smiley puts it: “There’s as little worth on your side as there is on mine.”... More

With its austere atmosphere, glacial pace and longwinded plot, it’s not a film for everyone. The most exciting setpiece takes place in a library, and no-one cracks out the Bourne moves. But there’s plenty for connoisseurs to savour, and all the time in the world to do so (the running time is just shorter than the Cold War itself). Oldman leads one of the best British casts ever assembled – we lose two UK acting greats before the opening credits even finish – and the film has a terrible sadness that seeps into your bones.

This isn’t Dr No or In Like Flint, it’s the prolonged and messy end of an era. Each chance of renewal (a mother suckling her baby, a bird swooping from the fireplace) gets violently snuffed out. And those dusty swirls aren’t just stylised visuals, they’re the ghosts of wasted lives. Seems some spies never did come in from the cold.Hide

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BY Brian1 superstar

Perhaps it was because I watched on an airline flight, but didn't find this measured up to the general view.

BY BrionyJae superstar

I was originally drawn to this film because of the massive range of absolutely stunning actors - I mean, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy... all in one movie?! YES PLEASE. They did not disappoint, either! The slow pacing was a refreshing change from other 'wham-bam' films these days, and I am in awe of the attention to detail. All the small noises, such as the scratch of a pen on paper, all worked to create the suspenseful atmosphere. As well as this, I was struck by... More the fact that there was much less dialogue than other films - so much was said without words, and it was far more impacting and touching for this. It probably isn't a film for everyone, but that won't stop me from recommending to everyone! :)Hide

Really, wildly, completely brilliant in it's recreation of an era and a secret service, yet TTSSpy's plotting and sweetly taciturn characters make it drag a little. But you're always delighted by what you see, and you're always trying to figure out what's going on, so there's plenty of enjoyment to be had. It's just that the pace and the timing is from another era too, so you need to unbuckle yourself from 2012 and just give in to the beauty and the detail and the astonishing craft. Mark... More Strong steals the show, with, really, the most complex character who goes on the biggest journey.Not a date movie. One to see with your dad, and then go have a whiskey and chat about it in detail with him. What other films can you do that with?Hide

I wasnt sure what to expect, but, thats Gary Oldman for you. Nice to see him with a hard-to-deliver Character this time showing his full arsenal of delayed and timed speech capped of with what my mum would call -elocution? the only Man that trusts Batman, the dreadlock wearing drug dealer, and the completely wrong haircut bad guy holds this slow, yet absorbing story together. (i wont spoil it!) and If you've seen romeo is bleeding then you know he can hold a great character even though the film... More is more about the story than the main character. fully 60's and never detracts from it, this is a classic spy thriller, a real spy thriller, where the worlds fate of 'mutually assured destruction' (nukes!) is at stake, and even has a slight poke at the politics behind the spy game. the best conversations happen over booze, and the violence, although graphic at times, is more vignette than action sequence. I'd tell myself to watch it.Hide

BY filmlover superstar

Looking back at the cold war it would seem that spying was a career created to keep civil servants in work. Everyone was spying for everyone and those who weren't spying were keeping the spies under control.This was in incredible mini-series once upon a time with Alec Guiness as George Smiley. The movie holds up well against it with terrific performances all round.
But be warned! If you aren't old enough to remember the cold war this film may seem dull and slow.
I grew up in England during... More this era, and I loved it!!Hide

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The Press Reviews

  • Its dealings and double-dealings will probably be better understood on a second viewing, but it only takes one to appreciate Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy as a film. Full Review

  • Tinker Tailor didn't work for me. Full Review

  • Utterly absorbing, extremely smart and - considering this is a sad, shabby, drably grey-green world of obsessives, misfits, misdirection, disillusionment, self-delusion and treachery - quite beautifully executed. Full Review

  • John Le Carré’s complicated, distanced Cold War classic turns into a visual delight with an authentic British feel. Full Review

  • When a film has so many attributes—including superior performances and a tangible sense of time, place, and atmosphere—it’s tempting to overlook its shortcomings. Full Review

  • Fascinatingly gripping. Full Review

  • If you’re in the mood for expertly handled tension, subtle menace and superior acting by everyone involved, this is not to be missed. Full Review

  • In all its forms, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy strikes the eye, and other senses, as demonstrably real. Full Review

  • It’s possible that this brooding, slow-burn approach to storytelling may seem old-fashioned to anyone weaned on the breathless chase sequences of modern espionage thrillers such as the Bourne or Mission: Impossible series. Full Review

  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is so elegant, deliberate and smart that it’s a shocker it got made. Full Review

  • Prepare to lose yourself – in every sense – in a labyrinth of double-agents, deception and damn fine acting from the year’s best British line-up. Full Review

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