History Film / TinkerTailorSoldierSpy

20th Sep '16 10:15:18 AM CrimsonZephyr
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* AdaptationalHeroism: The film's Jerry Westerby is much nicer than the character from the book, as well as Collins, the character whose role is combined into Westerby's for the film.
10th Jun '16 9:28:03 AM Larkmarn
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* NotSoAboveItAll:
** Subverted with Smiley. Karla speculates that Smiley will look away from [[spoiler: Bill Haydon if the latter has an affair with Smiley's wife]]. It doesn't actually distract Smiley.
** Toby Esterhase is smug and confrontational until Smiley threatens to send him back to Hungary. He is reduced to a puddle of tears.
10th Jun '16 9:24:36 AM Beiahnu
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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: When Ricky Tarr is told by Irina at Hong Kong that there is a KGB mole at the high echelons of The Circus, he thinks that she's overselling it to be able to defect; the guys at the Circus stall and the mole intercepts the communication, prompting the KGB to capture Irina and kill his partner, forcing Ricky to get the hell out of dodge and alert Smiley through a route unbeknownst to the Circus, thinking them complicit.
10th Jun '16 9:07:51 AM Beiahnu
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* NotSoAboveItAll:
** Subverted with Smiley. Karla speculates that Smiley will look away from [[spoiler: Bill Haydon if the latter has an affair with Smiley's wife]]. It doesn't actually distract Smiley.
** Toby Esterhase is smug and confrontational until Smiley threatens to send him back to Hungary. He is reduced to a puddle of tears.
9th Jun '16 5:42:31 PM Beiahnu
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* FlatCharacter: We don't learn much about Roy [[MeaningfulName Bland]] except that he flies under the radar and isn't a massive jerk like Alleline, Esterhase, and Haydon.

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* FlatCharacter: We don't learn much about Roy [[MeaningfulName Bland]] except that he flies under the radar and isn't a massive jerk like Alleline, Esterhase, and Haydon.Haydon; he is at the very least rather proud of his work as a spy.



* GetRichQuickScheme: Percy Alleline's Witchcraft source is the intelligence version of this. Control refused to believe in Witchcraft's genuineness, which was part of the why he was deposed as head of the Circus.

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* GetRichQuickScheme: Percy Alleline's Witchcraft source is the intelligence version of this. Control refused to believe in Witchcraft's genuineness, which was part of the why he was deposed as head of the Circus. The getting rich part was to earn the trust of the CIA.
9th Jun '16 5:35:24 PM Beiahnu
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* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: The Circus post-Control establishes a rapport with a Soviet defector and jumps at the opportunity to get information in order to rebuild their own much needed rapport with the [=CIA=]. Control and Smiley are [[TooGoodToBeTrue suspicious of the information from the get-go]], but they are ousted because of the Budapest incident. [[spoiler: The problem is that the contact is actually there to be fed information by a KGB mole in the Circus high command while he himself is feeding them peanuts in return; this ends up costing them their jobs and their reputations as spies, clearing the path for Smiley to take over in the end]].
7th Jun '16 11:35:23 PM haloinsider
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: The mole has been outed and assassinated for his treachery, Smiley's wife has come home and he has been promoted to head of the Circus and has a new protege. But Irina was tortured and killed and Ricki Tarr is devastated. Prideaux has killed his best friend and three senior officers' careers are destroyed and they have to live with the fact that they inadvertently helped the Russians. Plus, there seems to be no indication that Guillam is going to get his boyfriend back]].

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: The mole has been outed and assassinated for his treachery, Smiley's wife has come home and he has been promoted to head of the Circus and has a new protege. But Irina was tortured and killed and Ricki Tarr is devastated. Prideaux has killed his best friend and three senior officers' careers are destroyed and they have to live with the fact that they inadvertently helped the Russians. Plus, there seems to be no indication that Guillam is going to get his boyfriend back]].back, though he does appear quite happy to see Smiley be made chief in the final scene]].
29th Apr '16 8:47:14 AM moloch
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* SoundtrackDissonance: [[spoiler:At the end, Julio Iglesias perky cover of 'La Mer' plays as a montage of the Christmas party, Bill Haydon being shot by Jim Prideaux, a distraught Ricki Tarr looking in a shop window and Smiley ascending the stairs of the Circus to take his place as head of MI6]].

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* SoundtrackDissonance: [[spoiler:At the end, Julio Iglesias perky cover of 'La Mer' plays as a montage of the Christmas party, Bill Haydon being shot by Jim Prideaux, a distraught Ricki Tarr looking in a shop window and Smiley ascending the stairs of the Circus to take his place as head of MI6]].[[SecretIntelligenceService the Circus]]]].
20th Mar '16 3:11:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* MoscowCentre: The film's BiggerBad. The film revolves around ferreting out their agent(s) in the Circus, but their personnel are decidedly peripheral, acting mainly as puppetmasters.
29th Aug '15 12:30:26 PM bt8257
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!! '''''Tinker, Tailor, Troper, Spy''''':



* BoomHeadshot: The fates of [[spoiler: Irina and Haydon. Though Haydon's is [[PrettyLittleHeadShots more of a "pop" than a "boom"]]]].

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* BoomHeadshot: The fates of [[spoiler: Irina and Haydon. Though Haydon's is [[PrettyLittleHeadShots [[PrettyLittleHeadshots more of a "pop" than a "boom"]]]].
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