• Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

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, Ciarán Hinds

Director: Tomas Alfredson

Genres: Thriller , Mystery

Production Co: Working Title Films

Distributors: Focus Features

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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 95
    Ella TaylorNPR

    The screenplay, by Peter Straughan and his late wife, Bridget O'Connor, is debonair. Alfredson's mastery of tone and ambiance is flawless. The bloodletting is brief and necessarily appalling, the comedy mordant: I guarantee you will never sing along to "Mr. Woo" in quite the same way again. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    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

  • 95
    Stephanie ZacharekMovieline

    The movie's intricacy, and the way it finds its way into the emotional lives of its characters via (and not in spite of) that intricacy, is what makes it extraordinary. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy challenges audiences to believe in craftsmanship again. show more

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Awards

Winner Outstanding British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2012)
Winner Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2012)
Nominated Director
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2012)
Nominated Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2012)
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2012)
Nominated Original Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2012)
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2012)
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2012)
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2012)
Nominated Best Foreign Film
Amandaprisen (2012)
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2012)
Nominated Leading Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2012)
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role