History Film / TinkerTailorSoldierSpy

24th Jul '17 12:38:41 PM bt8257
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Set in the 1970s, George Smiley (Creator/GaryOldman), once a master spy for "[[SecretIntelligenceService the Circus]]", is [[MandatoryUnretirement pulled out of retirement]] by his former colleague Peter Guillam (Creator/BenedictCumberbatch) for {{one last job}}: rooting out a Russian mole from [[MoleInCharge among the upper echelon of the Circus' leadership]]. To do so, Smiley must dig into some of the most dramatic incidents in recent Circus history: the tale of AWOL spy Ricki Tarr (Creator/TomHardy), the ousting of former chief "Control" (Creator/JohnHurt), the leadership coup that put Percy Alleline (Creator/TobyJones) in the top job, a botched operation in Hungary that resulted in the public wounding and capture of Jim Prideaux (MarkStrong), a covert intelligence source code-named "Witchcraft", and even the persistent rumours that Circus officer Bill Haydon (Creator/ColinFirth) has been having an affair with Smiley's wife. All this leads to a wider conspiracy that Smiley must unravel before the Russian spymaster known as Karla uses it to destroy the Circus.

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Set in the 1970s, George Smiley (Creator/GaryOldman), once a master spy for "[[SecretIntelligenceService the Circus]]", is [[MandatoryUnretirement pulled out of retirement]] by his former colleague Peter Guillam (Creator/BenedictCumberbatch) for {{one last job}}: rooting out a Russian mole from [[MoleInCharge among the upper echelon of the Circus' leadership]]. To do so, Smiley must dig into some of the most dramatic incidents in recent Circus history: the tale of AWOL spy Ricki Tarr (Creator/TomHardy), the ousting of former chief "Control" (Creator/JohnHurt), the leadership coup that put Percy Alleline (Creator/TobyJones) in the top job, a botched operation in Hungary that resulted in the public wounding and capture of Jim Prideaux (MarkStrong), (Creator/MarkStrong), a covert intelligence source code-named "Witchcraft", and even the persistent rumours that Circus officer Bill Haydon (Creator/ColinFirth) has been having an affair with Smiley's wife. All this leads to a wider conspiracy that Smiley must unravel before the Russian spymaster known as Karla uses it to destroy the Circus.



* BlatantLies: [[TheMole The Mole's]] confession is bullshit. We never really learn why he joined MoscowCentre.

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* BlatantLies: [[TheMole The Mole's]] TheMole's confession is bullshit. We never really learn why he joined MoscowCentre.



* 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]].

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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=].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]].



* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Early in the film Smiley is riding in a car with the others, who all try ineffectively to swat a bee, while Smiley simply watches its movement and winds down the window at exactly the right time to allow it to escape. This foreshadows his technique of finding the mole not through brute force but by clever entrapment.

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Early in the film Smiley is riding in a car with the others, who all try ineffectively to swat a bee, while Smiley simply watches its movement and winds down the window at exactly the right time to allow it to escape. This foreshadows his technique of finding the mole not with brute force, but through brute force but by clever entrapment.



* TheFaceless: Karla and Ann Smiley. [[RuleOfSymbolism This is not unintentional]].

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* TheFaceless: Karla and Ann Smiley. [[RuleOfSymbolism This is not unintentional]].isn't unintentional.]]



* ItsPersonal: Why [[spoiler: Prideaux kills]] TheMole.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique / BrownNote: Prideaux is strapped to a chair with headphones over his ears wired to a tape recorder that plays loud noises at random intervals.

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* ItsPersonal: Why [[spoiler: Why Prideaux kills]] TheMole.
kills TheMole.]]
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique / BrownNote: JackBauerInterrogationTechnique[=/=]BrownNote: Prideaux is strapped to a chair with headphones over his ears wired to a tape recorder that plays loud noises at random intervals.



* MythologyGag, overlapping with GeniusBonus: it seems odd how Smiley is not a codename from the Tinker, Tailor nursery rhyme, right? Well, remember that Jim Prideaux asks at one point if he is a "beggar man, thief?" Then recall how the nursery rhyme continues: ''rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief''. And, yes, "beggar man" was Smiley's codename in the original book.
* NiceShoes: Haydon wears a pair of orange suede desert boots, as did Alec Guiness' Smiley in Series/TinkerTailorSoldierSpy

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* MythologyGag, overlapping with GeniusBonus: it seems odd how Smiley is not a codename from the Tinker, Tailor nursery rhyme, right? Well, remember that Jim Prideaux asks at one point if he is a "beggar man, thief?" Then recall how the nursery rhyme continues: ''rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief''. And, yes, "beggar man" was Smiley's codename code name in the original book.
* NiceShoes: Haydon wears a pair of orange suede desert boots, as did Alec Guiness' Guinness' Smiley in Series/TinkerTailorSoldierSpy''Series/TinkerTailorSoldierSpy''



* PerpSweating: Smiley takes this trope UpToEleven with [[spoiler: Toby Esterhase]] by landing a ''fucking plane'' two feet away during their conversation. [[DontTryThisAtHome This is ridiculously unsafe]].

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* PerpSweating: Smiley takes this trope UpToEleven with [[spoiler: Toby Esterhase]] by landing a ''fucking plane'' ''plane'' two feet away during their conversation. [[DontTryThisAtHome This is ridiculously unsafe]].



** Also the bystander shot in Hungary.

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** Also Also, the bystander shot in Hungary.



* ReluctantRetiree: When Control is forced to leave, he announces that Smiley is retiring with him. It's implied that Control had come to believe that Smiley was the mole. Ironically Smiley is too loyal to protest at this unasked-for resignation.
* RightBehindMe: Twice. First time, Peter Guillam is just about to escape the Circus after grabbing some secret files for Smiley, only for Roy Bland to appear right behind him in the same lift. The second, Toby Esterhase himself is leaving, as the lift door opens to reveal Peter waiting for him.

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* ReluctantRetiree: When Control is forced to leave, he announces that Smiley is retiring with him. It's implied that Control had come to believe that Smiley was the mole. Ironically Ironically, Smiley is too loyal to protest at this unasked-for resignation.
* RightBehindMe: Twice. First time, Peter Guillam is just about to escape the Circus after grabbing some secret files for Smiley, only for Roy Bland to appear right behind him in the same lift. The second, Toby Esterhase himself is leaving, as the lift door opens to reveal Peter waiting for him.
22nd Jul '17 1:10:47 AM TropesForever
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* BowtiesAreCool: Toby Esterhase is never seen without one.
15th Jul '17 8:46:07 PM nombretomado
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** [[BenedictCumberbatch Which is kind of funny]] [[Series/{{Sherlock}} when you think about it]].

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** [[BenedictCumberbatch [[Creator/BenedictCumberbatch Which is kind of funny]] [[Series/{{Sherlock}} when you think about it]].
9th Jul '17 10:39:40 AM nombretomado
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* NostalgiaFilter: Connie reminisces lovingly about what good times she had with "the boys" at Sarratt in the 1940s, until Smiley finally points out that they were there because of WorldWarTwo.

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* NostalgiaFilter: Connie reminisces lovingly about what good times she had with "the boys" at Sarratt in the 1940s, until Smiley finally points out that they were there because of WorldWarTwo.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
2nd Jul '17 10:11:15 AM nombretomado
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''Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'' is an espionage thriller directed by Tomas Alfredson and adapted from the JohnLeCarre novel of the same name, the first in ''Literature/TheQuestForKarla'' trilogy. The film was released in September, 2011.

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''Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'' is an espionage thriller directed by Tomas Alfredson and adapted from the JohnLeCarre Creator/JohnLeCarre novel of the same name, the first in ''Literature/TheQuestForKarla'' trilogy. The film was released in September, 2011.
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.
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