Smiley's People

Smiley's People

Alec Guinness
Director: Simon Langton Cast: Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
, Vass Anderson
Vass Anderson
, Eileen Atkins
Eileen Atkins
Simon Langton

Blu-ray (Color / Wide Screen)

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A sequel to 1980's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, this BBC miniseries once again focuses on British spy George Smiley (Sir Alec Guinness), once again called out of retirement, this time by the fussy Oliver Lacon Anthony Bate, to deal with a scandal in the British spy establishment. An ex-Russian general and British spy (Curt Jurgens) is found brutally murdered in a London park after frantically contacting the British Secret Service. His cryptic message: "Tell Max it concerns the Sandman." It seems that the general and his crony Otto Leipzig (Vladek Sheybal) were cooking up a scheme to blackmail the head of the Russian secret service, Karla (Patrick Stewart), when they were murdered. Smiley gathers his old associates (almost all the actors reprising roles from the first miniseries) and picks up the general's harrowing trail. He finds that Karla has been secretly supporting a daughter in the West through almost comically inept intermediaries such as Grigoriov (Michael Lonsdale). This information allows him to face off against his old adversary and avenge the humiliation he and his agency suffered with the double agent Karla had in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Made in 1982, the sequel has one major casting substitution: Michael Byrne instead of Michael Jayston as Peter Guillam, Smiley's faithful lieutenant. ~ Nick Sambides, Jr.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/06/2013
UPC: 0054961893799
Original Release: 1982
Source: Acorn
Presentation: [Wide Screen, Color]
Time: 5:24:00
Sales rank: 6,386

Special Features

Deleted scenes (62 min.); Interview with John Le Carré (20min.); Production notes; Glossary of main characters and terms; Le Carré biography and booklist

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alec Guinness George Smiley
Vass Anderson Carson
Eileen Atkins Madame Ostrakova
Anthony Bate Oliver Lacon
Andrew Bradford Ferguson
Jonathan Burn Edmonds
Patrick Stewart Karla
Michael Byrne Peter Guillam
Jan Carey Hospital Sister
Jean Champion Monsieur La Pierre
Francois Clavier Man in warehouse
Peter Guinness Hare Krishna Monk

Technical Credits
Simon Langton Director
John LeCarre Screenwriter
Patrick Gowers Score Composer
John Hopkins Screenwriter
Kenneth MacMillan Cinematographer
Jonathan Powell Producer
John le Carre Original Story

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