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John Le Carre's A Perfect Spy
John Le Carre's A Perfect Spy
Actors: Jane Booker, Ray McAnally, Sarah Badel, Fiona Mollison, Peter Egan
Director: Peter Smith
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Television, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2006     6hr 30min

What traits of nature and nurture go into the making of a master of deception? British agent Magnus Pym?s training begins in a chaotic childhood. His charismatic con man father trades secrets for love, bouncing in and out ...  more »


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Actors: Jane Booker, Ray McAnally, Sarah Badel, Fiona Mollison, Peter Egan
Director: Peter Smith
Creators: Arthur Hopcraft, John le Carré
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Espionage, Indie & Art House, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Acorn Media
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 03/14/2006
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 6hr 30min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaDVD Credits: 3
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 9
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

One of the best mini-series done for TV
Shahid Mahmud | Rockville, MD | 06/04/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"An outstanding adaptation of the Le Carre's book. Long and deliberately slow moving, it may not be for everyone. Very little 'action' as such, but an exceptional character study of what makes a 'Perfect' Spy. There is a certain sadness which permeates the film, and becomes quite powerful at the end. Highly, highly recommended for those who prefer thoughtful, deliberately paced movies."
Le Carre's Great Book Adapted for Film
Doug - Haydn Fan | California | 03/02/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This version of a great novel has a straight-forward screenplay, and is much easier to follow than the many circumlucations of the book's narrative. The story of Pym's father's childhood is dropped and the first of three chronolgoically presented Pyms, the child, is a bit too strange though clearly manipulative. The second Pym is a good actor without rating a wow. But the actor playing the mature Pym is great, and the second half of the filming is something very special indeed.
The movie covers many years, and a viewer should realize this is for the most part a slowly paced internal drama, and not a Bond-like adventure film.
It is also NOT a film for children or teenagers.
The film is very tough emotionally - life in this film is definitely not sugar-coated: women are especially badly treated. The main subject is human betrayal of friends, family and finally oneself.
This review is based on the Video, but hopefully should help in deciding on a purchase of the DVD.

A perfect spy series
Shahid Mahmud | 02/27/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a really memorable and extraordinarily well done story of the life of a spy. Unlike most other spy films, it tries to explain why and how, starting from his childhood, an individual becomes a spy and a double-agent. The series is so well crafted that I believed every instant of the story, and remained in total awe until the very end. I rate this even better than the also extremely good Le Carré series with Alec Guiness."
Doug - Haydn Fan | 08/23/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Along with the SMILEY videos which feature Alec Guinness's greatest performance, this filming of LeCarre's brilliant novel is thoughtful entertainment at its best. With a bravura performance by the late Ray Macanally and a superb script by Arthur Hopcraft, A PERFECT SPY is simply perfect. Buy the Smileys and this one and lock yourself in a room. END"