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      The Looking Glass War

      PG Released Jan 28, 1970 1h 48m Mystery & Thriller List
      Reviews 49% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings A British spy (Ralph Richardson) sends a Polish defector (Christopher Jones) to East Germany to verify missile sites. Read More Read Less Watch on Prime Video Stream Now

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      Roger Moore Movie Nation It’s dark and cynical enough...But the film is so choppy, uneven and abrupt in its shifts of focus and truncated ending as to make one wonder if they didn’t leave a reel out, here and there Rated: 2/4 Jul 23, 2023 Full Review Eddie Harrison ...smarter than your average spy movie... Rated: 3/5 Sep 24, 2021 Full Review Penelope Houston The Spectator They feel like real le Carr, people, even though this sympathetic, hard- pressed movie is never really enough of a le Carr, film. Jul 11, 2018 Full Review Steve Rhodes Internet Reviews Rated: 1.5/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Merrick S Well-crafted and pretty faithful to the early Le Carre novel, which means that after fifty years it is still vastly superior to the usual shallow dreck which passes for espionage thrillers in Hollywood. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/25/22 Full Review Audience Member Fans of the more cerebral aspects of the spy game will enjoy this patient and thoughtful depiction. There's pain and somberness on view and little in the way of tub thumping as The Circus sets about its squalid operations in a noble attempt to keep us safe. Tony Hopkins puts in a standout early performance as the fixer, while the spy in the front line does a good line in non-conformity while playing the game all the same. As so often with Le Caree so much seems to be going o under the surface, and that can sometimes be difficult to get down on screen. But that doesn't stop this being a top drawyer adaptation Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review laurie s This wasn't a patch on its predecessor The Spy Who Came in from the Cold which in itself was worth 4 stars. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member I really like movies set in Britain in the late 60s or early 70s. It's like coming home. I don't know why. In this Le Carre adaptation, we get some British acting royalty behaving badly toward the spies they've recruited. They have to send someone over to East Germany to confirm the existence of rockets, so they recruit a Pole who is in England illicitly on personal business. There's nothing standardized about the recruitment and training process, and Anthony Hopkins in particular is uneasy about sending a man over at all, since it's technically an act of war. Christopher Jones, previously unknown to me, is the absurdly handsome Pole, who is fortunate in that his haircut has come back into fashion. He's an unexpectedly brutal guy when called upon. There are a few scenes of violence which are in stark contrast to the rest of this sedate film. But there's no heroism at all, just like the rest of Le Carre's work. Just resignation that bad things have to be done, and we have to find the right dupes to do it. There are no great rescues or escapes here, just endless ambiguity. That may not be to your taste, but it's closer to reality than not, I imagine. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member This is actually a really good movie but it has this hippy sounding soundtrack that just doesn't suit the material and throws the whole movie off. A Remake of this could be great. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member good espionage thriller Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis A British spy (Ralph Richardson) sends a Polish defector (Christopher Jones) to East Germany to verify missile sites.
      Frank Pierson
      John Box
      John le Carré
      Production Co
      Columbia Pictures
      Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      English (United Kingdom)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jan 28, 1970, Original
      1h 48m
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