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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

Score 70%

In the early 1970s during the Cold War, the head of British Intelligence, Control (Sir John Hurt), resigns after an operation in Budapest, Hungary goes badly wrong. It transpires that Control believed one of four senior figures in the service was in fact a Russian Agent, a mole, and the Hungary operation was an attempt to identify which of them it was. George Smiley (Gary Oldman) had been forced into retirement by the departure of Control, but is asked by a senior government figure to investigate a story told to him by rogue Agent Ricky Tarr (Tom Hardy), that there was a mole. Smiley considers that the failure of the Hungary operation and the continuing success of Operation Witchcraft (an apparent source of significant Soviet Intelligence) confirms this, and takes up the task of finding him.

Director: Tomas Alfredson
Writers: Bridget O’Connor (screenplay by), Peter Straughan (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
Stars: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy

Filming Locations in Hungary:

  • Párizsi Udvar, Paris Court, Budapest, Hungary
  • Fisherman’s Bastion, Budapest, Hungary
  • Keleti pályaudvar, Baross tér, Józsefváros, Budapest, Hungary
  • Nyugati pályaudvar, Budapest, Hungary
  • Hungarian Parliament Building, Budapest, Hungary
  • ORIGO Studios (production services: Budapest)

Academy Awards, USA 2012 Nominee

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Gary Oldman

Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay
Bridget O’Connor
Peter Straughan

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
Alberto Iglesias




Summary In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet Agent within MI6.

imdb rating 7/10

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