Neglect James Bond… and step into the serious, dour and chilling planet of spies and counterspies. Oscar®-nominee Richard Burton is the burnt-out British agent who refuses to “arrive in from the cold” to consider a desk task — but alternatively launches into the most perilous assignment of his job, stalking East German agent (and Golden World-winner) Oskar Werner. John Le Carré’s best-selling novel provides the basis for this spectacular thriller of espionage, intrigue, crosses and double-crosses. Initially-price performances from the whole cast are matched by a stress-packed and brilliantly plotted screenplay, with masterful path from Martin Ritt (Hud, Sounder).
By Martin Ritt
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