The Spy Who Came in from the Cold Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 3532

Average Rating: 2.8/4

# of Ratings: 27

Theatrical Release Date: 12/16/1965

Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 11/25/2008

Language: English

Genre: Drama, Thriller

MPAA Rating: NR

Director: Martin Ritt

Actors: Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Oskar Werner, Rupert Davies, Sam Wanamaker, Cyril Cusack

Plot: Alec Leamas is a British agent who refuses to come out of the Cold War. Sent to East Germany, supposedly as a defector, but really to sow disinformation - he realizes that he is a pawn in a much bigger game and struggles to find his humanity before it's too late. -- Chris Kavan

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3.5/4

Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 07/12/2020

A Cold War-era slow burner with density and intensity, "The Spy Who Came in From the Cold" hits you with unmistakable force once you have figured out the truths of its intricate story.

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The Spy Who Hated James Bond

SIngli6 - wrote on 09/04/2022

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold was made at the height of spymania, and plays like an almost reactionary film against the genre in the way Todd Phillips' Joker is an answer to contemporary superhero-mania. It is so on-the-nose in this that it has Richard Burton's epically depressed Leamas beat up Bernard Lee, who played M at the time, because Lee was nice to an Italian man. There's even a shot in a nightclub that plays as a parody of a James Bond title sequence.

As a massive fan of the Bond films and other martini-flavoured spy fare, I absolutely love this. It's important to always remember the ideological assumptions of the things we watch and appreciate criticism of them when it is well-founded. Well, the foundations of this are extremely strong, with a great script steeped in …

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