Rent The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)

3.9 of 5 from 137 ratings
1h 48min
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Synopsis:
Forget James Bond...and step into the real, dour and chilling world of spies and counterspies. Oscar nominee Richard Burton is the burnt-out British agent who refuses to "come in from the cold" to take a desk job - but instead launches into the most dangerous assignment of his career, stalking East German agent (and Golden Globe winner) Oskar Werner. John Le Carre's best-selling novel provides the basis for this breathtaking thriller of espionage, intrigue, crosses and double-crosses.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Martin Ritt
Writers:
John le Carré, Paul Dehn, Guy Trosper
Others:
Edward Marshall, Josie MacAvin, Oswald Morris, Tambi Larsen, Hal Pereira
Studio:
Paramount
Genres:
British Films, Classics, Drama, Thrillers
Countries:
UK
Awards:

1967 BAFTA Best Black and White Cinematography

1967 BAFTA Best Actor

1967 BAFTA Best Black and White Production Design

1967 BAFTA Best British Film

BBFC:
Release Date:
06/11/2006
Run Time:
108 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, French Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
17/05/2021
Run Time:
112 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Stereo
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.66:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Brand new audio commentary with film scholar Adrian Martin
  • Cold Light - Brand new video essay by critic and filmmaker David Cairns

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Cold War Classic. - The Spy Who Came in from the Cold review by Steve

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Updated 10/03/2021

Surely there's only one candidate for the best spy film ever made? Martin Ritt, another Hollywood outsider ostracised by the Communist witch hunt in America, was an ideal choice to direct this story of lies, subterfuge and betrayal in East Berlin.

It is accomplished on every level, particularly the superb support cast giving flesh to the layers of administration, the laconic, elliptical dialogue; the ultra realistic design. The greys of its black and white palette are perfect to create the spy-procedural prototype which this film invented, annexing new wave realism to the glacial surfaces of John le Carre's cold war classic.

It introduced to us an unfamiliar world, to the sedate bureaucracy of MI6, to checkpoint charlie, and the wall. Richard Burton gives his greatest performance as a burned out case, a spy who has been out in operation for too long, and who is starting to think too much about the ethics of his work. Control has an idea for how Leamas (Burton) can save their man in East Berlin, but it's not the clever, cynical double cross that he actually shares with his operative; he has a deeper more devious scheme.

What unfolds is the most brilliant narrative of any film ever made. Most precious of all is the audaciousness of Le Carre's sleight of hand, which disorientates our moral perspective, and finds Leamas at the wall, with one last chance to resist the dehumanising machinations of the Whitehall Circus.

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