Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a 2011 film set in the bleak days of the Cold War, where espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6.

Director(s): Tomas Alfredson
Production: Focus Features
  Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 35 wins & 93 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.1
Metacritic:
85
Rotten Tomatoes:
83%
R (Restricted)
Year:
2011
128
$20,200,000
Website
836 Views

Secretary:
Undersecretary Lacon is ready for you, Sir Percy.

Lacon:
The treasurer can't understand why can't the intelligence service simply put in a request for a general increase in funding and then you'll account for the spend on your special operation?

Alleline:
Operation 'Witchcraft' needs to remain a secret; it's a fiefdom of it's own.

Lacon:
Yes, that's what's winding us; whole thing's very unaccountable isn't it? This London house that no one knows the address of, is that really necessary?

Alleline:
Now more than ever, we need to protect our Soviet source.

Roy Bland:
[lights a cigarette.] So where do you propose we meet in a café?

Lacon:
The rent and rates on this house have... Doubled.

Bland:
We spent millions on nuclear warheads, we're asking for a few thousand for a house. I wonder if Karla has the same problem with the treasury at the Kremlin.

Lacon:
Look, nobody underestimates the importance of the jobs you chaps are doing.What happened in Budapest last year... That was a disaster.

Bland:
With respect, sir, that wasn't one of your civil servants that got killed, was it? Now this isn't about soldiers in trenches anymore. We're the frontline now...

Alleline:
Roy...

Bland:
...for 25 years we've been the only ones standing between them and Karla and Moscow and the third bloody world war!

Lacon:
Look, the minister is very pleased with your progress so far. He's less pleased though, with our progress with our American cousins. You see, in their eyes... You're still a leaky ship.

Control:
George! George, get in here! [Smiley enters.] George, sit down. [Smiley sits.] Take a look at this nonsense. Report by Soviet high command on their recent naval exercises in the Black Sea, just what the Admiralty has been begging us for some information on...

Smiley:
Where did you get this?

Control:
I didn't. Percy and his little cabal walked in with it.

Esterhase:
Look, Control...

Control:
Shut up!

Haydon:
[flicking through document, casually.] Style appalling, blatantly a fabrication from beginning to end. It just could be the real thing.

Smiley:
If it's genuine it's gold dust. But its topicality makes it suspect.

Control:
Smiley is suspicious, Percy!

Smiley:
Where did it come from? What's the access?

Alleline:
A new secret source of mine.

Smiley:
But how could he possibly have access-

Alleline:
He has access to the most sensitive levels of policy making. We've named the operation 'Witchcraft.'

Conrtol:
[archly.] Oh, Percy and his pals bypassed us, Smiley. Gone straight to the minister. Percy has been allowed to keep the identity of his new friend TOP secret.

Alleline:
The minister agrees with me that too many secrets are blown around here. Too much failure, too many scandals, too little solid intelligence.

Bland:
Percy does have a point, Control; we should be fighting Communism, not each other.

Alleline:
No, we're losing our reputation, our partners-

Control:
Your bloody Yanks!

Alleline:
-and we've had enough! There's going to be changes.

Esterhase:
We need to decide if we want to be part of the past or part of the future.

Control:
I should have left you where I found you.

Esterhase:
Look-!

All:
Control-!

Control:
OUT! ALL OF YOU!

[Alleline, Bland and Esterhase leave. Control glares at Haydon until he too exits, leaving only Smiley and Control.]

Smiley:
If Witchcraft is genuine-

Control:
Nothing is genuine anymore!

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