The Spy Who Came In from the Cold


The Spy Who Came In from the Cold Review

For those who like their spy thrillers convoluted, talky, and depressing, John Le Carre's The Spy Who Came In from the Cold sticks James Bond in the belly with a sucker punch. Sad and chilly, the story gives us Richard Burton as an aging British spy who reluctantly semi-retires to work in a library, where he meets a communist gal (Claire Bloom) he fancies. He picks up a final job -- defect to East Germany, but not really; the job is to feed the communists misinformation. Or is he serious? What about the girl? The Berlin Wall makes for an ominous and chilling symbol, a reminder of our Cold War heritage. Burton and Oskar Werner (who plays his nemesis) earned various acting nominations.

The Spy Who Came In from the Cold

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Run time: 112 mins

In Theaters: Thursday 16th December 1965

Distributed by: Paramount Pictures

Production compaines: Salem Films Limited

Reviews 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 85%
Fresh: 11 Rotten: 2

IMDB: 7.7 / 10

Cast & Crew



Starring: as Alec Leamas, as Nan Perry, as Fiedler, as Peters, as East German Defense Attorney, as George Smiley, as Control, as Hans-Dieter Mundt, as Ashe, as Dick Carlton, as Patmore, Beatrix Lehmann as Tribunal President, as Old Judge, as German Checkpoint Guard, Scott Finch as German Guide (as Scot Finch), Anne Blake as Miss Crail, George Mikell as German Checkpoint Guard, Richard Marner as Vopo Captain, as Mr. Zanfrello, Steve Plytas as East German Judge, as CIA Agent