Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

By Tomas Alfredson

  • Genre: Tomas Alfredson
  • Release Date: 2011-12-09
  • Advisory Rating: R
  • Runtime: 2h 7min
  • Director: Tomas Alfredson
  • Production Company: StudioCanal
  • iTunes Price: USD 9.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 3.99
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Gary Oldman leads a stunning all-star cast in this masterful adaptation of John le Carré’s bestselling novel that redefined the spy thriller. At the height of the Cold War, a precarious operation goes deadly wrong, and the head of British Intelligence wonders if a double agent is leaking vital secrets. Brought out of retirement to expose the potential mole, master spy George Smiley (Oldman) is the only one who can be trusted to expose one of their own.Or can he? As the emotional and physical tolls mount on the high-ranking suspects, Smiley will be forced into the ultimate international spy game where everyone’s motives are in question. Filled with stunning performances by Academy Award® winner Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch and Ciarán Hinds, it’s the powerful and deeply resonant spy tale that Ebert Presents at the Movies hails as “hands down the best new thriller this year.”




  • Brilliant

    By Holc67
    As a former Cold War warrior I was completely lost in this film which captured the entire essence of an era. To the last detail this film hit the target. I now "get" Le Carre. Brilliantly cast and directed. Applause to those responsible for setting the mood with attention to detail that never fails. I lived it and I loved this movie.
  • Brit wit,

    By hq197
    without the wit. Dry toast that is burnt. Imagine Brovil fresh from (where ever). Now rotten Brovil left out in the open for a few days. No difference from fresh or bad you say? Still inedible you say? Well that's this movie. From start to finish.
  • Classic Le Carre

    By Furutan1
    This is a _very_realistic_ spy film, and very British. Reflecting the normal, rather boring, business of the intelligence world (including agency politics and personalities), we follow one of the author's favorite characters as he conducts a mole hunt. If people are looking for a spy "thiller", they won't find it here. TTSS is very close to real life. It reflects the days of the good old boy upper class world of the old MI6. Boring for some. Interesting for others. Faithful to the best-selling book.
  • Incredibly boring

    By ashleyctahoe
    This was the most boring, slow movie I've ever seen.
  • My favorite film, ever.

    By Scooterious
    I’ve now watched Tinker, Tailor a half dozen times and I’ve needed to in order to peel back the layers and catch the nuances and permutations. The two main characters in Smiley’s life, his arch-nemesis and his wife are only glimpsed- their faces never revealed- brilliant! The actors portraying all the characters are uniformly superb. Gary Oldman is particularly good as Smiley. The mole’s motivations seem thin to me but perhaps it’s just one more aspect of the banality of spycraft, as revealed by Le’Carre. The viewer must watch and listen carefully but will be rewarded.
  • One of the worst movies I've ever seen

    By That one Bloke1066
    The trailer had me absolutely hooked in with its music and the seemingly awe-inspiring cast. And then the movie arrived - what? Where is the music? What is the cast doing? What's with all the whispering (through the entire film). All the separate plot-lines don't add anything in to the movie, and the main story line was bland at best. I don't understand. Where's the wit, the intrigue? What happened to this movie?
  • Opportunity blown

    By Rambo8649
    The cast and acting are excellent, no question. I had a hard time following this movie, though. Pacing was weird too. Something seems wrong, but I can’t put my finger on it exactly..is it the directing, the editing, the story?..I don't know. Maybe its just not produced well.
  • Shockingly Good

    By Jacky jensen
    I just went ‘wow’ after watching this movie. I started following John Le Carre’s books and found most of them fascinating. I wish ‘The Cold’ book had an updated movie because 1965 version is too old and not as visually appealing as the new TTSS movie. I also feel the story of Leamus feels very incomplete in the TTSS movie.
  • Tinker tailor soldier meh

    By Critic 13
    Actually this movie has some very good elements. The acting and cinematography are great. The main problem with this film is the pacing and story. Particularly figuring out who the spy is. To put in perspective I was 12 when I saw this film, and I understood the whole film clearly. For those who say “if you didn’t like it you have no attention span or aren’t intelligent” that’s not true. A 12 year old who likes all movies figured out who the spy was in the first 15 minutes, and was pretty disappointed he was right. Now either I’m a genius, have amazing luck, or the movie has a few flaws. Mild Spoilers. But nothing specific Particularly for me I thought the spy was focused upon too much. The other suspects are not given much screen time or their stories are not given much time. Making you automatically assume it is who it is. But what is given is still interesting. Although a few scenes in the film seem out of place or could have easily been cut and would have changed nothing. Particularly scenes with mark strong who while fantastic in the film, his character only serves two roles, but receives more screen time then the suspects. Also Gary oldman swimming while probably meaning something in the book is not something that was needed multiple times.
  • Truly Excellent film!

    By Tranque
    No Explosions. No car chases. Just a fantastic film that keeps you on the edge of your seat guessing. The nuances of this film are more powerful than all the crap the pack "thrillers" with these days.