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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) Movie Information

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Tom Hardy
Gary Oldman
Colin Firth
Mark Strong
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George Smiley, an expert in espionage, is brought out of semi-retirement during the height of the Cold War in order to sniff out a Soviet agent who has infiltrated the ranks of MI6. -- Chris Kavan

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Leighann Paige 01/24/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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When people think of spy movies, they think of James Bond - action, adventure, a little sex maybe. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy isn't one of those movies. It's a drama spy movie, not an action spy movie. I love it for that respect. However, it's very slowly to build up and the dragging makes it hard to pay attention to in parts. If you're able to pay attention to it, though, the pieces at the end fit together in a very satisfying way. The best things about this movie, though, are the acting and the score. The actors they pulled in played their roles perfectly, and the music gave to the ebb and flow of the story, seeming natural instead of placed. For those looking for more action with their espionage, best look elsewhere. Otherwise wonderful.

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Amy 10/20/2015 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Beautifully acted and elegantly shot, but I'm afraid some of the finer details of the intrigue were lost on me.

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Matthew Brady 07/30/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Wow I did not know that spy's can just do nothing in this movie. Tinker tailor soldier spy is one of the boring movie's of 2011, good acting but just nothing happen's in this film just boring and I don't like boring movies.

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Chris Kavan 02/06/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Great characters but the pace just left me lethargic - this is more of a spy drama than a thriller. It does have tense moments, but it literally crawls along at times. Big names - Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and Tom Hardy - all are quite good, but, man, it was a chore at times to get through.

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10/22/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" by Yojimbo

An ex spy for MI6 is called out of retirement to uncover a Russian undercover agent in the top echelons of their organisation. The one thing that can be said in favour of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is that it reeks of quality. The exceptional ensemble cast present what can only be described as an acting master class and the direction, photography and production design are all top notch. The problem with the film lies with its script, but that's not to say that it's badly written; quite the contrary in fact. The dialogue is smart, the themes sophisticated and characters well drawn. The trouble lies with the fact that this Cold War world of secrecy, back stabbing and betrayal seems so alien in the internet age that it's quite difficult to involve yourself in the dense, convoluted story. I co...

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07/25/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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So many characters, and yet it revolves around Control (John Hurt) the head of British Intelligence ("the Circus"), George Smiley, "Beggarman" (Gary Oldman), Percy Alleline, "Tinker" (Toby Jones), Bill Haydon, "Tailor" (Colin Firth), and Roy Bland, "Soldier" (Ciarán Hinds). Oliver Lacon (Simon McBurney) brings Smiley back from retirement to investigate a possible mole in the British Intelligence. The mole has been leaking genuine high-grade British intelligence to Polyakov. Some minor qualms this rater had were the overloaded figures, sluggish start and lack of a better character development. On a positive note, the performances were solid (Oldman was exceptional), score was fantastic and displayed crafty camerawork from the beginning. One of the best lines" "There is nothing genuine...

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