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The Spy Who Came in From the Cold

(DVD - 2008 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold


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After a fellow spy is murdered, an agent who is working as a defected spy trying to get inside information realizes that he is just as expendable as his fellow agent.
Title: The spy who came in from the cold
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: [United States] :, Criterion Collection,, 2008.
Edition: Special ed.
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (112 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in. +,1 booklet.
Notes: Based on the novel by John Le Carré.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1965.
Special features: interviews with John Le Carre and Oswald Morris; The secret center: John Le Carré (2000), a BBC documentary; Acting in the 60s; gallery of set designs; theatrical trailer; essay by critic Michael Sragow.
Summary: After a fellow spy is murdered, an agent who is working as a defected spy trying to get inside information realizes that he is just as expendable as his fellow agent.
Additional Contributors: Ritt, Martin - 1914-1990.
Burton, Richard - 1925-1984.
Bloom, Claire - 1931-
Werner, Oskar - 1922-1984.
Dehn, Paul - 1912-1976.
Trosper, Guy - 1911-1963.
Le Carré, John - 1931-
Paramount Pictures Corporation
Salem Films
Criterion Collection (Firm)
ISBN: 9781604650891
1604650893
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Report This Jan 07, 2014
  • MBSL500 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Read the novel years ago and loved it. Remembered the novel was all about George Smiley - the movie hardly included him. Couldn't equate the movie to the novel at all. Richard Burton is good but underwhelming in this role. The other actors were forget-able. Half star.

Report This Dec 13, 2013
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of the best films I’ve seen this year, but I have to admit that I had to play the first third and then go to the supplements on disc 2 to get a better handle of what was going on. Not only is this a complicated realistic look at British espionage in East Germany, but it includes a lot of double-crossing and questions about who is planned for extermination – are some killings not really planned. I am sure that I did not really understand a lot when I first saw this in a theatre in the 1960’s (when you had not chance to pause and rewind, etc.). By the way, it could have been made in color, but the director chose black and white to accentuate the bleakness of the story. I will be revisiting this film in the coming years. There is a scary kangaroo trial near the end of the film where it is adjudged that one of the characters must be taken out and executed. This is very similar to December, 2013, whereby the North Korean dictator demotes his uncle one week and has him tried and executed the next week.

Report This Oct 28, 2012
  • George Millar rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A classic which is just as good today as when it came out in black and white.

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