The Spy Who Came in From the Cold

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold

DVD - 2008
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After a fellow spy is murdered, an agent is assigned to pretend he is defecting, but soon suspects that the layers of betrayal go far beyond what was originally expected.


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Apr 04, 2019

Directed by Martin Ritt in 1965 based on the 1963 John le Carré novel of the same name, this British spy thriller depicts the life of British agent Alec Leamus who plays a faux defector to East Germany.
Alec Leamus sows damaging disinformation about a powerful East German intelligence officer.
As part of a charade, Leamus pretends to quit British intelligence and live as an embittered alcoholic.
Compared to other spy thrillers, this drama appears quite realistic and believable without getting too romantic and too super-duper.

Apr 01, 2019

Love the gorgeous cinematography, probably revolutionary for its time. Solid film, but just to dated for today's Jason Bourne world. Not just the long edits, stationary camera, lack of effects, stage acting, etc, which would be found in any movie of this era, but just too slow moving, over-directed, and Burton was too shallow for this leading role.

Mar 01, 2019

Burton doesn't have the gravitas to hold together an otherwise mostly superb cast with his pivotal but unconvincing portrayal of Leamas here, the existential antihero the novel required, nor does this story pick up much until the last hour when the psychological set-up becomes a taut, and satisfying, spy-versus-spy shoot-out

May 28, 2018

Agree with most comments here except the half-star reviewer: The novel "Spy" does not contain much about George Smiley, Control was the master of the Circus at this point.
As with "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy", the movie is far easier to understand than the novel. "Spy" has been pared down, very artfully, which reduces the complexity -- and the interest -- of the book (which I had to read twice). Burton's performance is beautifully understated, no acting pyrotechnics here. What is fascinating about Le Carré's stories is the way agents were just pawns in the hands of their masters and knew only as much as was deemed necessary for them to carry out their part in the game that was being played. The final twist in the espionage is a shock, and the final twist in the personal story is as well, but it was more moving in the book.
A wonderful film, but I would definitely recommend reading the book.
This copy does not have a disc 2, there is no supplemental material.

Jun 11, 2017

I found this movie to be okay. It seems to be plausible. It is a possible non-fiction story with fiction names and places about a man who wants to leave Eastern Germany to Western Germany shortly after the end of the second world war. It is slow moving. The story is strong. It is well acted. The script is well written. I like the book author.

Jun 05, 2017

gritty. this is what the cold war felt like. on a par with the third man. Richard burton before the drink caught up with him. the amazing Claire bloom. what a tight script. standing ovation!

Jul 14, 2016

Loved the actors but loved the book more. Still as Le Carre's first spy novel it is exceptional.

Feb 28, 2015

Classic and timeless...if you love movies...this one is definitely a must!!

Feb 27, 2015

This 50-year old film still holds its charm after all these years. And being black-and-white gives it character. The materials, however, are definitely very dated. A must if you are into espionage stories and twisted plots.

MBSL500 Jan 07, 2014

Read the novel years ago and loved it. Remembered the novel was all about George Smiley - the movie hardly included him. Couldn't equate the movie to the novel at all. Richard Burton is good but underwhelming in this role. The other actors were forget-able. Half star.

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