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This is a must see for John le Carré fans. Even if you saw the BBC production and even if Alec Guinness simply IS George Smiley for you, this film is important viewing. Gary Oldman is just as cerebral, just as objective as Guinness but he gives us a different slant on Smiley; he is even closer to looking like John Bingham, who was le Carré's model for the character.
There are some deviations from the strict le Carré plot: the shooting of Jim Prideaux in Budapest, rather than at the hunting lodge outside Brno; the presence of Karla at the scene; the portrayal of Peter Guillam as homosexual. Some of these develop hidden themes from the book; others elaborate on points that le Carré has made in interviews. The result is a daring interpretation of le Carré's most challenging Smiley story.
There are some elements that are grating for lovers of the BBC series: the depiction of Connie Sachs as a crude, sex-obsessed harpy; Colin Firth is not as inherently wicked as Ian Richardson as Haydon; Jerry Westerby effectively shrinks as a character. Nonetheless, if one can set personal preferences aside, this is a valid interpretation that belongs in the le Carré canon.
How rare! A film that never condescends to the audience--one that requires close attention to every detail of the narrative, retaining your memory of all that has gone before. Captures a period in history in which the Cold War dominated the mindset of most Western governments. Those caught up in behind the scenes machinations lived shadow lives. The acting in this movie is so good, you never doubt the reality of the characters. One reason to own it is the fact that multiple viewings reveal new details you might have missed.
It's one of the best movies of its kind, that we have seen in a long time. Don't just watch it one time and please don't expect cartoon character's in 3D.
I've been a Le Carre fan for years and have the DVD collection of the BBC presentation of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. I missed the movie when it had its short run, so I needed a DVD copy. I'll need a few more viewings to put this version into a comprehensible whole. The TV version was easier to follow. A good excuse to reread the book, review the TV version and then have at the movie again.
Nice to be able to get a lightly used DVD copy at a very reasonable price.
We were intrigued by the previews because we both enjoy spy/suspense
movies. This movie was really fun to watch, there are many layers of
'Who' and 'when'. The characters are all well played by an outstanding cast.
Tinker,Tailor,Soldier,Spy will probably became a cult classic of spy movies. We recommend this movie to anyone that wants a good puzzle mystery.
Great movie never get tired of watching it over again,I can see why Gary Oldman was nominated for award.
one of the best spy movies in years, better than the BBC movie by the same name. Gary Oldmen gives one of the best Acting he has done in years. I fell in love with this movie from being to end without fail
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is a superbly compressed film that is probably gibberish to those who haven't experienced either the Le Carre book, or the 8-part BBC series where Sir Alec Guinness inhabited the role of George Smiley.
I liked the movie because I have done both, but was disappointed in the intrusive and obstructive mechanics of the Blu-ray disc's access menu, and one of my players would not go beyond the main menu. Why does Hollywood screw up Blu-ray releases with so much gratuitous crap (previews, especially), difficult navigation, and other intrusions into the movie experience? What's next, stale popcorn?
That said, it's a good value with the DVD included, and next time, that's probably what I'll watch just to avoid all the Blu-ray hassles!
I bought this movie because I like drama/thriller movies and thought this would be a fast paced spy movie. Instead I found a boring and confusing movie. I watched more than 1/2 of the movie and finally gave up.