Spy Who Came from the Cold [WS] [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1965]

  • SKU: 9388708
  • Release Date: 11/25/2008
  • Rating: NR
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Special Features

  • Disc Two - New video interview with Author John le Carré
  • Selected-scene Commentary featuring Director of Photography Oswald Morris
  • The Secret Centre: John le Carré (2000), a BBC documentary on the author's extraordinary life and work
  • A 1967 interview with Richard Burton from the BBC series Acting in the 60's, conducted by film critic Kenneth Tynan
  • An audio conversation from 1985 between Director Martin Ritt and film historian Patrick McGilligan
  • Gallery of set designs
  • Plus: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Michael Sragow
  • Disc One: New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Theatrical Trailer


The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
Based on the novel by John Le Carre, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold stars Richard Burton as a dispirited, end-of-tether British secret agent. He comes in from "the cold" (meaning he is pulled out of field operations) to act as a undercover man behind the Iron Curtain. To make his staged defection seem genuine, Burton goes on an alcoholic toot and is imprisoned and publicly humiliated. Once he has been accepted into East German espionage circles, Burton discovers that what he thought was his mission was a mere subterfuge--and that he's been set up as a pawn for an entirely different operation. Though Ireland and England "stand in" for East Berlin, Spy Who Came In From the Cold has the air of authenticity throughout, thanks in great part to the bleak black and white photography by Oswald Morris. The film was condemned as incomprehensible by those filmgoers accustomed to the simplistic melodramatics of James Bond; seen today, the double-crosses and double-double crosses seem all too clear and credible. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Richard Burton
    Richard Burton - Alec Leamas
  • Claire Bloom
    Claire Bloom - Nan Perry
  • Oskar Werner
    Oskar Werner - Fiedler
  • Sam Wanamaker
    Sam Wanamaker - Peters
  • George Voskovec
    George Voskovec - East German Defense Attorney

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Slow burner

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    If you like Richard Burton, this is one of his best roles. This is a different kind of spy movie, not unlike Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (the Alec Guiness TV movie) It is a slow methodical spy movie with no action like a james bond movie. Richard Burton is fantastic and the Criterion version while not perfect is better then the previous DVD release. Highly recommended.

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