The Spy Who Came In from the Cold (Blu-ray)

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  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 52 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: September 10, 2013
  • Originally Released: 1965
  • Label: Criterion
  • Note: Exclusive, wide-ranging interview with author John le Carré
    • Selected-scene Commentary featuring Director of Photography Oswald Morris
    • The Secret Centre: John le Carré, a 2000 BBC documentary on the author's life and work
    • Interview with actor Richard Burton from a 1967 episode of the BBC series Acting in the 60's, conducted by critic Kenneth Tynan
    • Audio conversation from 1985 between Director Martin Ritt and film historian Patrick McGilligan
    • Gallery of set designs
    • Trailer
    • Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Michael Sragow
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.66
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
    • Subtitles - English

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 15


User Ratings: 5,403
Rating: A -- Ritt helms one of the better spy dramas. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Jan 28, 2007
Burton is terrific....Oskar Werner matches Burton's performance as an ambitious Jewish communist agent who is hungry to displace his ex-Nazi superior.
USA Today
Sep 13, 2005
Burton is sexily morose....[The actors] pull you into a fascinatingly crabbed, paranoid world. -- Grade: B+
Entertainment Weekly
Dec 5, 2008
Rating: 4/5 -- The film makes you believe it could have happened. And that's the remarkable thing. Full Review
New York Times
May 9, 2005
Rating: 2/4 -- Self-consciously dour where the James Bond movies were insouciantly callous. Full Review
Slant Magazine
Nov 25, 2008
Rating: 3.5/5 -- Sad and chilly.
Jul 6, 2004
Grim, monotonous, and rather facile, though Richard Burton's aging agent has some honest poignancy. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Jan 1, 2000

Product Description:

Martin Ritt's adaptation of the John Le Carre bestseller THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD stars Richard Burton as Alec Leamas, a burnt-out spy soon to retire from British Intelligence. For his final assignment, Alec must pose as a drunk who wants to defect to East Germany, where the chief of operations for the Communists, Hans-Dieter Mundt (Peter van Eyck), has captured several British spies. His acting works: Communists throw Alec into jail for public drunkenness and for having an affair with a young member of the local Communist party, Nan (Claire Bloom). In jail, he is approached by Mundt's agents and asked to defect. They take Alec to East Berlin where he is grilled by Mundt's top man, Fiedler (Oskar Werner), who believes that Mundt is actually a double agent. Shot in stark black and white in documentary style, Ritt's film is a realistic portrait of the grim life of a spy, revealing all of the profession's complexities in a style that is equally as thrilling as an elaborate action scene in a James Bond movie. At the heart of the film is Burton's bitter and world-weary Alec, and his performance here ranks among the best of his career.

Plot Synopsis:

In this Cold War thriller adapted from John Le Carré's novel, British Intelligence agent Alec Leamas takes on a final assignment before his retirement. His job: make believe he's a defector to get into East Germany and ruin a spy ring run by a German agent. However, it turns out to be a tricky assignment. After entering East Germany, Alec soon realizes he's caught in a trap that's been set for him. Meanwhile, he finds himself falling in love with Nan Perry, a Communist librarian. But can the two find happiness in the midst of all the deceit that goes hand-in-hand with the spy trade'


Production Notes:

  • Originally released theatrically on December 16, 1965.
  • Filmed at Ireland's Ardmore Studios and England's Shepperton Studios.
  • John Le Carré actually worked as a spy for the British Intelligence Agency in Berlin when the Berlin Wall was going up. He drew upon those experiences to write THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD.
  • Additional cast: Scot Finch (German Guide) and Anne Blake (Miss Crail).

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