Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Alec Guinness
Director: John Irvin Cast: Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
, Michael Aldridge
Michael Aldridge
, Bernard Hepton
Bernard Hepton
John Irvin


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Living a premature and somewhat humbling retirement, elderly British spy George Smiley (Alec Guinness) is abruptly resurrected by his former boss Lacon (Anthony Bate) with an ultra-secret mission: find the double agent in the ranks of the British Secret Service. Is it the pompous head of service, Percy Alleline (Michael Aldridge)? The blowsy Bland (Terence Rigby)? The shifty Toby Esterhase (Bernard Hepdon)? Or perhaps the urbane Bill Haydon (Ian Richardson)? Pushed into retirement by a scandal caused by the now-deceased head of service, Control (Alexander Knox), and because he suspected that there was a spy, Smiley journeys through the labyrinthine world of the British spy service layer by layer as he hunts the mole controlled by the mysterious Russian spymaster Karla (Patrick Stewart). Taken from a best-selling novel by internationally famed novelist John Le Carré, this nearly five-hour miniseries was first broadcast by the BBC. The story is loosely based on the infamous Kim Philby spy scandal of the early '60s. ~ Nick Sambides, Jr.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/05/2012
UPC: 0054961876297
Original Release: 1979
Source: Acorn
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 5:24:00
Sales rank: 6,525

Special Features

Exclusive interview with Director John Irvin (29 min.); Deleted scenes (11 min.); Interview with John le Carré (27 min.); Production notes; Glossary of main characters and terms; le Carré biography and booklist

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alec Guinness George Smiley
Michael Aldridge Percy Alleline,Actor
Bernard Hepton Toby Esterhase,Actor
Ian Richardson Bill Haydon
Michael Jayston Peter Guillam
Terence Rigby Roy Bland
Alexander Knox Control,Actor
Hywel Bennett Ricki Tarr
Joss Ackland Jerry Westerby
Ian Bannen Jim Prideaux
Anthony Bate Lacon,Actor
Hilary Minster Boris
Sian Phillips Ann Smiley,Actor
George Pravda Polyakov
John Standing Sam Collins
Patrick Stewart Actor,Karla

Technical Credits
John Irvin Director
Tony Pierce-Roberts Cinematographer
John le Carre Source Author

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