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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy  

Cast

George Smiley: Gary Oldman
Bill Haydon: Colin Firth
Control: John Hurt
Ricki Tarr: Tom Hardy
Jim Prideaux: Mark Strong
Roy Bland: Ciaran Hinds
Review December 2011

Based on the novel by John Le Carre, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a brilliantly nuanced spy thriller that takes place during the Cold War era - a time filled with high anxiety, volatility, and disillusionment. Much like today. In the film, Gary Oldman plays George Smiley, a British intelligence operative who is brought out of retirement to track down a double agent, feeding top secret information to the Russians. Like the age old nursery rhyme, Smiley must investigate suspects identified as a tinker, tailor, soldier, poor man, and beggar man, in an effort to find the mole. Directed by Tomas Alfredson, who was responsible for the underrated vampire thriller, Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor is hauntingly immersive with ominous sounds, atmospherics, and camera work. With a top notch British cast that also includes Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt, and many more, Tinker Tailor is a perfectly condensed, carefully calculated game of chess.



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