Rumpled, stodgy, and unassuming, George Smiley is literature's unlikeliest master spy. He is also--as written by John le Carre and portrayed by Alec Guinness--the most thoughtful, fascinating, and human figure ever to practice the dark arts of espionage. This brilliant sequel to Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy finds Smiley emerging from retirement to engage his lifelong nemesis, the Soviet spymaster Karla, in a final test of wits, nerves, and loyalties. "Marvelously riveting"-- The New York Times. CC, approx. 324 min. on 3 DVD or 2 Blu-ray discs.
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What is the connection between a penniless Russian woman in Paris and the brutal murder of an old man in a London park? And so begins a new conundrum for George Smiley to sort out.
Smiley makes inquiries among many Russian exiles, and uncovers a photograph revealing an astonishing secret.
Smiley learns that his nemesis, the dreaded Soviet spymaster Karla, has a deep secret hidden involving his personal life. He now attempts to track down certain Russian individuals who could aid him, but they keep disappearing.
Smiley gets into trouble with his superiors, who want the investigation closed. But he finally encounters the woman and gets her account.
Smiley is hot on the trail leading to Karla, but must make the ultimate sacrifice: cutting off his wife Ann.
The final confrontation between Smiley and Karla takes place. But in this game there are no victors, only losers.
- Exclusive interview with John le Carre
- Production notes
- Glossary of main characters and terms
- Cast filmographies
- le Carre biography and booklist
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 324 minutes, plus bonus programming
Format: Full screen
Number of Discs: 2
Color or B&W: Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 1080i/4:3
Rating: NR. Contains nudity, sexual situations, and disturbing images.
"Masterly"--The New York Times
"Superbly on target"--Los Angeles Times
"The cast...is superb"--The Wall Street Journal
"An unsurpassable performance"--The Philadelphia Inquirer