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TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY
USA: Focus Features
UK: Optimum Releasing
Cast: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds, Kathy Burke, Konstantin Khabensky, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Roger Lloyd Pack, Amanda Fairbank-Hynes, Laura Carmichael, Simon McBurney, Jamie Thomas King, Philip Martin Brown
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Countries: UK / France
USA & UK: 127 mins
USA Rated: R for violence, some sexuality/nudity and language
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language, sex, violence and bloody injury detail
USA Release Date: 9 December 2011 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 16 September 2011
Set in the 1970s, TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY finds George Smiley (Gary Oldman), a recently retired MI6 agent, doing his best to adjust to a life outside the secret service. However, when a disgraced agent reappears with information concerning a mole at the heart of the Circus, Smiley is drawn back into the murky field of espionage.
Tasked with investigating which of his trusted former colleagues has chosen to betray him and their country, Smiley narrows his search to four suspects - all experienced, urbane, successful agents - but past histories, rivalries and friendships make it far from easy to pinpoint the man who is eating away at the heart of the British establishment.
The screenplay is by Peter Straughan and Bridget O'Connor and the film, which was shot in London, Budapest and Istanbul is produced by Working Title's co-chairmen Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner and Robyn Slovo. The executive producers are Debra Hayward, Liza Chasin, Douglas Urbanski, Peter Morgan, Olivier Courson, Ron Halpern and John le Carre.
The spy thriller features a stellar cast including Gary Oldman, Kathy Burke, Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Ciaran Hinds, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Konstantin Khabensky, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Roger Lloyd Pack, and Mark Strong. Directed by Tomas Alfredson (LET THE RIGHT ONE IN) it is a Working Title production for STUDIO CANAL.