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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

(2011)

Rated R for violence, some sexuality/nudity and language.

R In Theaters 12/9/2011 , 127min.
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Plot & Details

The time is 1973. The Cold War of the mid-20th Century continues to damage international relations. Britain's Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), a.k.a. MI6 and code-named the Circus, is striving to keep pace with other countries' espionage efforts and to keep the U.K. secure. The head of the Circus, known as Control (John Hurt), personally sends dedicated operative Jim Prideaux (Mark Strong) into Hungary. But Jim's mission goes bloodily awry, and Control is forced out of the Circus -- as is his top lieutenant, George Smiley (Gary Oldman), a career spy with razor-sharp senses.

Estranged from his absent wife Ann, Smiley is soon called in to see undersecretary Oliver Lacon (Simon McBurney); he is to be rehired in secret at the government's behest, as there is a gnawing fear that the Circus has long been compromised by a double agent, or mole, working for the Soviets and jeopardizing England. Supported by younger agent Peter Guillam (Benedict Cumberbatch), Smiley parses Circus activities past and present. In trying to track and identify the mole, Smiley is haunted by his decades-earlier interaction with the shadowy Russian spy master Karla.

The mole's trail remains cold until maverick field agent Ricki Tarr (Tom Hardy) unexpectedly contacts Lacon. While undercover in Turkey, Ricki has fallen for a betrayed married woman, Irina (Svetlana Khodchenkova), who claims to possess crucial intelligence. Separately, Smiley learns that Control narrowed down the list of mole suspects to five men. They are the ambitious Percy Alleline (Toby Jones), whom he had code-named Tinker; suavely confident Bill Haydon (Colin Firth), dubbed Tailor; stalwart Roy Bland (Ciaran Hinds), called Soldier; officious Toby Esterhase (David Dencik), dubbed Poor Man; and -- Smiley himself.

Even before the startling truth is revealed, the emotional and physical tolls on the players enmeshed in the deadly international spy game will escalate...

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2011 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Bridget O'Connor Nominated
2011 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Gary Oldman Nominated
2011 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Score Alberto Iglesias Nominated
2011 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Peter Straughan Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Production Design Maria Djurkovic Nominated
2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound John Casali Nominated
2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound Douglas Cooper Nominated
2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Production Design Tatiana Macdonald Nominated
2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actor Gary Oldman Nominated
2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound Andy Shelley Nominated
2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Nominated
2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound Stephen Griffiths Nominated
2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Bridget O'Connor Won
2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director Tomas Alfredson Nominated
2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Costume Design Jacqueline Durran Nominated
2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best British Film Won
2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography Hoyte van Hoytema Nominated
2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Editing Dino Jonsater Nominated
2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Peter Straughan Won
2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Original Music Alberto Iglesias Nominated
2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound Howard Bargroff Nominated

American Society of Cinematographers

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2011 American Society of Cinematographers Best Cinematography Hoyte van Hoytema Nominated

Art Directors Guild

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2011 Art Directors Guild Best Art Direction in a Period Film Maria Djurkovic Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Production Design Maria Djurkovic Nominated
2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound John Casali Nominated
2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound Douglas Cooper Nominated
2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Production Design Tatiana Macdonald Nominated
2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actor Gary Oldman Nominated
2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound Andy Shelley Nominated
2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Nominated
2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound Stephen Griffiths Nominated
2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Bridget O'Connor Won
2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director Tomas Alfredson Nominated
2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Costume Design Jacqueline Durran Nominated
2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best British Film Won
2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography Hoyte van Hoytema Nominated
2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Editing Dino Jonsater Nominated
2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Peter Straughan Won
2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Original Music Alberto Iglesias Nominated
2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound Howard Bargroff Nominated

L.A. Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2011 L.A. Film Critics Association Best Production Design (Runner-up) Maria Djurkovic Won

National Society of Film Critics

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2011 National Society of Film Critics Best Actor Gary Oldman Nominated

San Francisco Film Critics Circle

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2011 San Francisco Film Critics Circle Best Adapted Screenplay Peter Straughan Won
2011 San Francisco Film Critics Circle Best Actor Gary Oldman Won
2011 San Francisco Film Critics Circle Best Adapted Screenplay Bridget O'Connor Won
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