Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy [DVD] [2011]

  • SKU: 4790757
  • Release Date: 03/20/2012
  • Rating: R
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Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
55% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (6 out of 11)

Special Features


  • Deleted Scenes
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy: First Look
  • Feature Commentary with Director Tomas Alfredson and Actor Gary Oldman

Synopsis


Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Let the Right One In director Tomas Alfredson takes the helm for this adaptation of John Le Carré's novel about an ex-British agent who emerges from retirement to expose a mole in MI6. England, 1973: British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) head Control (John Hurt) and his top-ranking lieutenant George Smiley (Gary Oldman) are both forced into retirement after a mission involving respected secret agent Jim Prideaux (Mark Strong) turns unexpectedly deadly. As the Cold War continues to escalate, suspicions of a Soviet double agent begin to grow within SIS. Subsequently summoned by Undersecretary Oliver Lacon (Simon McBurney), Smiley is secretly reemployed by the SIS in order to root out the double agent suspected of sharing top-secret British intelligence with the Soviets. Meanwhile, as Smiley and his new partner Peter Guillam (Benedict Cumberbatch) begin systematically examining all of the official missions and records involving MI6, the veteran spy can't help but recall an encounter he once had with Karla, a dangerous Russian operative, years prior. At first, uncovering the identity of the infiltrator seems nearly impossible. Smiley and Guillam get a big break, however, when undercover agent Ricki Tarr (Tom Hardy) reveals that he has fallen for a mysterious woman in Turkey named Irina (Svetlana Khodchenkova), who may have a crucial lead. Later, upon learning that Control had comprised a list of five possible suspects, code-named Tinker (Toby Jones), Tailor (Colin Firth), Soldier (Ciarán Hinds), Poor Man (David Dencik), and Beggar Man -- none other than Smiley himself -- the investigation begins to heat up again. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Gary Oldman
    Gary Oldman - George Smiley
  • Colin Firth
    Colin Firth - Bill Haydon
  • Tom Hardy
    Tom Hardy - Ricki Tarr
  • Mark Strong
    Mark Strong - Jim Prideaux
  • Ciarán Hinds
    Ciarán Hinds - Roy Bland



Overall customer rating

3.6
55%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Needs More Spy and Less Tinker

    Posted
    nightgoat72
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    Subtlety can be a tricky thing. In the hands of a craftsman like Elia Kazan, it can be the pathway to a masterpiece. But in the new adaptation of John le Carre's espionage novel Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, director Tomas Alfredson banks on the trait so heavily that the rather simple narrative at the film's core is quickly lost in a convoluted mess of long pauses, meaningful glances, and generally frustrating storytelling. It should be noted that this approach works wonders during the film's opening ten minutes or so. The early sequence of a potentially volatile meeting between two edgy gentlemen looking very intense and covert unfolds with palpable tension and remarkable attention to detail, playing out almost like a description-for-description visualization of a novel. However, this alluring scene - followed by a silently character-developing credits sequence - is as far as the thrill goes. Things unravel quickly as characters, subplots, and flashbacks are introduced and subsequently passed over in a whirlwind of information that, upon closer examination, really isn't all that complex. It's just that Alfredson wants us to believe that it is. This decidedly impenetrable structure is the film's ultimate undoing, as it creates an uninterested distance in the audience and renders the proceedings dreadfully dull and boring. In the end, Alfredson favors intricacy over forward momentum and forced style over character development. When the identity of the mole in MI6 is finally revealed, all one can muster is a disinterested shrug, as one can hardly tell the difference between any of the suspects in the first place.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    MI-6 has a traitor and Smiley has to find him.

    Posted
    Sightseer

    This is a quiet excellent thinking person’s film that follows the original BBC Sir Alec Guinness series from start to finish in just two hours - superbly, with its deep interlaced plot of 1970’s MI-6 spy vs mole who is deep, highly placed and has caused a lot of damage to the circus [England’s equivalent to our CIA]. If you’re looking for a bang-bang, car chasing, karate type film, this isn’t it, it’s just the opposite - and that’s what makes it - outstanding.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    not a shoot em spy movie

    Posted
    lonewolf
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    Saw some reviews that said pace of movie slow. I had no problem with that. If looking for action shoot em up spy movie probably not for you. If you enjoy a movie that keeps you in suspense as to who the double agent is you will probably enjoy this movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Ok Movie

    Posted
    wyonole
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    This movie has some points where it moves along well. Overall the pace of the movie is a bit slow and takes a lot of energy to follow. Definitely pause the movie if you have to get up for something.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Dreadfully dull

    Posted
    Justducky317

    After looking at the cast of this movie, and considering that Gary Oldman won an Oscar for his performance, I was excited to experience this movie. It was about as exciting as watching paint dry.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Another good spy story

    Posted
    Dhek
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    This John Le Carre title is a good one, been waiting for this as a movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Flick!

    Posted
    FairfaxVolfan
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    Great story, lots of twists and turns, excellent performances...everything you ask for in a high quality movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Poor at best

    Posted
    cobradude

    This movie got great ratings from the movie people, but it was the worst movie I have ever seen.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend



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