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We watch this and then the sequel , Smiley’s People about once a year. It’s acting at it’s best.
I love this series !!! Watched it as a kid because I love Obi Wan and still watch it today !!!! fantastic acting and perfect slow pacing to make you think and extrapolate~420 RECOMMENDED
I watched this one time back in probably 2014 and guess I liked it or would not be watching it again. This time, I stopped after episode 3. After watching many of the new series out now, the "look" and the acting was just not enough to make me stay. Yes, I know it is considered one of the best and all that. I am disappointed to feel that way.
The action moved far too s l o w l y for me to enjoy. What I found most interesting was how the U.K. was depicted culturally: the 1970's fashion, the stratified society, and resentment over losing its world position to the United States.
Best version of TTSS ever! Alec Guiness takes over the character completely. Superb performance.
Although Alec Guiness' performance was great, the rest of this production was too slow and a bit dull. Also, there was nudity on disc 2, totally uncalled for and offensive.
This is the very best version to date! Alec Guinness is outstanding. All the actors completely suit their roles.
In today's rush to remake and star brand old movies, the Russell Crowe attempt is good, but this is the masterpiece.
See it with no distractions and focus and enjoy.
This is one of those movies where I recommend reading the book first. The dialogue favors realism over exposition, so there's much that's left unsaid.
Alec Guinness is an actor’s actor playing one of the most interesting parts ever conceived in Spy-Fiction or any fiction for that matter. That of an old, retired spy master sacked along with his boss in the midst of a scandal after a mission to uncover a double agent goes wildly wrong. This story is both a mystery as well as a tale of redemption. I have seen many of Alec Guinness movies over the years including comedies, historical dramas, etc and I still marvel at his genius… we simply do not have actors like him any longer.
six hours of figuring out who did what to whom, and why, and in which context, became ultimately too intricate a puzzle to willingly follow, though I did make it to the, not uninteresting, end, Alec Guinness was admirably central, a compelling personality overcoming the grid of a cinematically arid text, the other actors, though noteworthy English celebrities, were essentially interchangeable, this would've been a great book of course, all plot, no action
If you like old British guys talking a lot, this one is for you. Wasn't for me
Alec Guinness - we'll never see his like again...nuanced, commanding but quiet presence....predating his "Zen master" role in Star Wars
Haven't seen Gary Oldman's version, but Alec Guinness IS Smiley. Many hours worth. FYI, anyone interested in his personality type could look into the Japanese system of "9 Star Ki" and the type 8, the Mountain. Guinness who is a 5 in real life easily plays his alter thinker 8 who is the most refined thinking type, most deeply introverted. Scans all possible data and never gives away power to 'others'. Like the 5, 8's co-opt others, all the moreso if they deign to try to manipulate. 8's are masters of deduction and governors of the inductive world. All instances are integrated. It's the beginning before the beginning, the end after the end; several times so--the full gestalt! It's grand to see this personality played out so magnificently; esp by the Brits, friend to the 8 and fed by it. Geomantically, 8 is the NE direction, New England, Siberia. Enjoy!
A John Le Carre story, with Alec Guinness acting. What more does one need to say? Superb. Good cinematography which supports the mood of the story.
The best spy novel ever written- brought to the screen with the fabulous Alec Guiness! I've seen this at least 10 times and am astonished at its staying power over the years. This is a classic! Unfortunately the 2011 remake doesn't get close to this. How can this marvelous mystery be condensed in two hours? Fortunately the "Guinness adaptation" takes about 5 1/2 hours.
This is probably the best thing I ever saw on TV, but how can I explain why? Maybe because it completely recreates an era and a way of life. At times, it's hard to remember you are not sitting in the same room with Smiley, or following Ian Bannen's character on his mission behind the Iron Curtain. Naming the best actor is like naming the highest star, but I would give it to Ian Richardson and his snivelling Bill Haydon. The theme music still gives me chills. WARNING: this is NOT an action film, like Bond or Bourne. It is very quiet and introspective, which makes the action, when it comes, more gut-wrenching.