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Release Date: December 9th, 2011

DVD Release Date: March 20th, 2012

R|2 hr 7 min

Plot Summary
In 1970s England the head of MI6, Control (John Hurt), dispatches an agent (Mark Strong) to meet with a Hungarian general who knows the identity of a Soviet spy in the organization's ranks. However, the mission goes wrong, and the general dies before he can reveal the information. Undersecretary Oliver Lacon (Simon McBurney) calls veteran agent George Smiley (Gary Oldman) back from forced retirement to ferret out the mole and stop the flow of vital British secrets to the Russians.

Cast: Gary Oldman, Kathy Burke, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Dencik, Colin Firth, Stephen Graham, Tom Hardy, CiarĂ¡n Hinds

Director: Tomas Alfredson

Genres: Thriller, Mystery

Production Co: Working Title Films

Distributors: Focus Features, Focus Features

Keywords: Brooding, London, Mystery, Office, 1970s, Investigation

Ratings & Reviews

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  • This version of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy turns on the presence of Mr. Oldman, and he is an actor of great experience and accomplishment who has finally found a film that fully deserves him. show more

  • Even if you get lost - in the spyspeak, in the codes, in the comings and goings of grim-faced men with satchels full of documents they should not have - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is worth getting lost in. show more

  • It is one of the few films so visually absorbing, felicitous shot after shot, that its emotional coldness is noticed only at the end, when all the plot twists are unraveled in a solid piece of thinking-man's entertainment for upmarket thriller audiences. show more

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Awards

Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Nominated Original Film Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Winner Outstanding British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Nominated Best Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Winner Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Nominated Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Nominated Director
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)