Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Starring: Gary Oldman, John Hurt, Colin Firth, Toby Jones, David Dencik, Ciaran Hinds, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong, Tom Hardy, Kathy Burke
Directed by: Tomas Alfredson
The plot: Control, the chief of a 1970s British Secret Intelligence Service unit known as the Circus, learns that Russian counterpart Karla has placed a mole within the ranks. To unmask the traitor, Control dispatches Jim Prideaux to Hungary but the agent is shot dead. So Control turns to trusted protege, Smiley, and shares intelligence about a possible double agent within the Service. Soon after, Control takes his own life, leaving Smiley to uncover the intrigues of the other Circus members.
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"A superb adaptation of John le Carré's brilliant, intricate Cold War spy novel, the film is a triumph."
"Utterly absorbing, extremely smart and - considering this is a sad, shabby, drably grey-green world of obsessives, misfits, misdirection, disillusionment, self-delusion and treachery - quite beautifully executed."
"This spy story is all about the journey - the process - and the byways of the route, not the grand finale. This film's superb cast, script and direction threaten to make that journey equally as thrilling as Le Carré's book."