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Smiley's People (1982)

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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: October 25, 2011
  • Run Time: 324 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,571 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Exclusive interview with John le Carré (20 min.)
production notes
glossary of main characters and terms
cast filmographies
le Carré biography and booklist

Editorial Reviews

"Marvelously riveting" --The New York Times "Scintillating, seductive" --The Washington Post

The thrilling sequel to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Tell Max it concerns the Sandman…

Both had supposedly outlived their usefulness to the Circus, the British Secret Intelligence Service: George Smiley, the retired head of espionage, and General Vladimir, an aging informant who reported to him. When the general walks into a bullet after sending an urgent message to his old handler, the Circus asks Smiley to "tidy things up." But Smiley hears Vladimir’s message as a call to arms against his nemesis, the Soviet super spy Karla, once again tantalizingly within his grasp.

Alec Guinness reprises the role of British spymaster George Smiley in this gripping sequel to the television masterpiece Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Filmed on location in London, Paris, Hamburg, and Berne, Smiley’s People also stars Eileen Atkins, Anthony Bate, Bernard Hepton, Michael Lonsdale, Beryl Reid, Patrick Stewart, and Bill Paterson.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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It's probably safe to assume that anyone watching this BBC import miniseries has already seen -- and liked -- the classic "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy." BBC's producers wisely recognized that the middle book of the series, "The Honorable Schoolboy," wasn't going to translate to the screen, so they went straight from the first story of the trilogy to the last. Comparisons between Smiley and Tinker Tailor are inescapable and it speaks well of the sequel that it is a worthy successor to the original.

"Smiley's People" maintains some of the main strengths of the original: Le Carre's taut characterization and plotting; excellent scripting, casting, and behind-the-camera work; and, most of all, Sir Alec Guinness's magnificent portrayal of the brilliant but profoundly flawed Cold Warrior George Smiley.

In some respects, this series follows the arc of the first one: George Smiley again is in a rather unhappy and not-entirely-voluntary retirement, having been removed once again following his brief return as head of the Circus. And, like the original story, he is called back in to take on a delicate errand for the Circus. The premise of this one is a little different -- he's brought in officially, by the current head of the Circus, rather than being somewhat offline, sponsored out-of-channels by "Lacon and the Minister." And the errand initially seems somewhat trivial: cleaning up the somewhat disorderly murder of a long-ago Circus informant. Obviously, the story quickly builds into something much deeper.

The plot probably isn't quite as compelling as the original, but then, "Tinker Tailor" was one of the best miniseries ever.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No closed captions on this great PBS/BBC series?! June 15, 2013
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I was EXTREMELY disappointed to find that this series did not include closed captions for the hearing impaired. It is such a fine production but was entirely useless to me. The first of the BBC Smiley mini-series, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, had great captions and came on a Blu-ray disc to boot. The only reason I didn't return it (or A Perfect Spy which has the same shortcoming) was that there are others in my household and circle of friends who will enjoy it. May the hearing impaired buyer beware!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Le Carre at his best March 9, 2012
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These DVDs are of course of the famous 1982 BBC series and are, to put it mildly, elderly. The video quality is certainly not up to current standards. No matter, the climax of the Karla trilogy is terrific entertainment and Guiness, surrounded by a fabulous cast, is incomparable. John le Carre is surely one of the most underrated authors of our time. To get the most our of Smiley's People one should have seen or read "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier,Spy" from the same era, not the horrible current movie, which is a sort of visual "Cliff's notes" and very unsatisfying.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Has Closed Captions! December 20, 2011
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I give these DVD's the highest rating both for the dramatic content and for the technical quality. My set of these DVD's was delivered today, and I immediately tried them out. I got a very pleasant surprise when I found that the disks are Closed-Captioned. I had expected to have trouble understanding all the dialog, but this obviously solves that possible problem. (In case you're wondering how I can have an opinion about the dramatic content when I haven't had time to play them all through, let me add that I rented them from Netflix and watched them a year ago.)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I am so returning this disk!! It's incredible!!

The amazing scenes in episode two in Hampstead Heath, where Smiley is retracing the General's steps? They cut it down! Threw out entire scenes! The so-perfectly-1970s Hari Krishna guy who offers to help him? Gone! Cut!

And the fantastic scene when Smiley sees the cigarette pack, that raises your hair and sends shivers up and down your spine? What really makes that scene so marvelous is the brilliant theme music that sets in just as Smiley makes the discovery, and that continues all through the sequence of him finding what's in the pack. That music? Cut! Gone! They cut it!!

OMFG UFB. Complete ripoff.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good Show, Very Poor Quality Product September 4, 2012
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This feature is not as good as Tinker Tailor. But regardless, the quality of the DVD - in particular the audio, is extremely poor. You cannot even hear some sections of the show. And of course this was not a cheap product.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This is the sequel to the original Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy, it tells you about Mr. Smiley's return, to help out the British intelligence. Smileys part is play by Sir Alec Guinness who is marvelous. To understand the story it will help if you buy the first series Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy not the film version but the series by the BBC and again featuring Sir Alex Guinness in the Part of Smiley. This story will round off the first series and has all the ingredients of a great thriller.
Well worth the time to watch it and re watch it again. Enjoy and hopefully you will get as much fun from this series as I did. When the British really get the right people to write produce and act, you get this excellent thriller. Watch both of these series, you will only enjoy them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Expectations June 23, 2013
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When ordering I was under the impression that the DVD had subtitles. Unfortunately this was not the case. Maybe in the future subtitles will be added.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Spy Story
Alec Guinness is incomparable catcher of Soviet Hoods and thugs . This series is a classic and I am delighted to have this series a part of my collection. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Phillip Lund
4.0 out of 5 stars smiley's people
the second time around found me not as interested . however it is Alec Guinness .... non the less it is an excellent production . TML
Published 1 month ago by Thom mykel
5.0 out of 5 stars The sequel to Tinker tailor soldier spy.
This set of DVDs follows George Smiley as he is once again lured back from retirement in order to solve a mystery and, in the end, realizes a coup for British Intelligence.
Published 1 month ago by William Carlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Smileys People
A great continuation of the predecessor movie, tinker tailor, soldier, spy. Its 5 hours long and keeps you awake all the time.
Published 2 months ago by Ronald J. Dombrowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue, Intrigue, Intrigue
Every time I watch this old TV series I pick up something I'd previously missed. It makes me look on the Cold War days with nostalgia.
Published 2 months ago by William T. Sublette
5.0 out of 5 stars Smiley's People
Completes Tinker, Tailor story. Scenery is great as story unfolds. Adheres more closely to the novel. Spy, mystery story delight.
Published 2 months ago by Dianne Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Smiley's People
I've heard great things about this trilogy so wanted to purchase for myself. I'm on the first video currently so will have to rate later
Published 3 months ago by Julie Beaver
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but slow
Excellent acting, and Alec Guiness nails it as Smiley. Do not expect James Bond, or Jason Bourne with this mini series. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Murph
5.0 out of 5 stars The BBC does it again
This is made for TV John le Carré work uses Alec Guinness as George Smiley. I could never imagine anyone else as that character every time I reread those novels. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Diceman
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as enertaining as Peroit
Events develop too slow and the characters are not as entertaining as other mysteries such as in Agatha Christie's Peroit series.
You could easily fall asleep on this series.
Published 4 months ago by KENNETH L SHRIVER
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