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Plot, Details & Awards

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold

Not Yet Rated In Theaters 06/29/2003 , 110min.
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Plot & Details

Based on the novel by John Le Carre, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold stars Richard Burton as a dispirited, end-of-tether British secret agent. He comes in from "the cold" (meaning he is pulled out of field operations) to act as a undercover man behind the Iron Curtain. To make his staged defection seem genuine, Burton goes on an alcoholic toot and is imprisoned and publicly humiliated. Once he has been accepted into East German espionage circles, Burton discovers that what he thought was his mission was a mere subterfuge--and that he's been set up as a pawn for an entirely different operation. Though Ireland and England "stand in" for East Berlin, Spy Who Came In From the Cold has the air of authenticity throughout, thanks in great part to the bleak black and white photography by Oswald Morris. The film was condemned as incomprehensible by those filmgoers accustomed to the simplistic melodramatics of James Bond; seen today, the double-crosses and double-double crosses seem all too clear and credible.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1965 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Art Direction Edward Marshall Nominated
1965 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Richard Burton Nominated
1965 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Art Direction Tambi Larsen Nominated
1965 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Art Direction Josie MacAvin Nominated
1965 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Art Direction Hal Pereira Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1966 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best British Film Martin Ritt Won
1966 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography for B&W [British] Oswald Morris Won
1966 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Film - Any Source Martin Ritt Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1965 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Oskar Werner Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1966 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best British Film Martin Ritt Won
1966 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography for B&W [British] Oswald Morris Won
1966 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Film - Any Source Martin Ritt Nominated

Edgar Allan Poe Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1965 Edgar Allan Poe Awards Best Screenplay Guy Troper Won
1965 Edgar Allan Poe Awards Best Screenplay Paul Dehn Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1965 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated

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