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Alec Leamas (Richard Burton) meets with George Smiley (Rupert Davies) on a public bench.
Alec Leamas (Richard Burton) meets with George Smiley (Rupert Davies) on a public bench.

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Basics Critics:72Viewers:73Rusty:81
Category: Drama, Mystery/Noir/ThrillerNotable as: ThrillerSub-Category: Spy film, Thriller, Film adaptationNarrative location: LondonRuntime: 112 minutesColor: colorLanguage: EnglishCountry: United KingdomDirector: Martin Ritt, Paul Dehn, Guy TrosperScreenwriter: Paul Dehn, Guy Trosper, John le CarréBased on: The Spy Who Came in from the ColdMusic: Sol KaplanCinematography: Oswald MorrisStars: Oskar Werner, Claire Bloom, Richard Burton, Jiří Voskovec, Bernard Lee, Esmond Knight, Cyril Cusack, Rupert Davies, Niall MacGinnis, Robert Hardy Producer: Paul Dehn, Guy TrosperAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Actor (Richard Burton)
Academy Award for Best Art Direction, Black and White
Award details: (details at IMDb)

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is a 1965 British Cold War spy film directed by Martin Ritt and starring Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, and Oskar Werner. Based on the 1963 novel of the same name by John le Carré, the film is about a British agent who is sent to East Germany in order to sow disinformation about a powerful East German intelligence officer. With the aid of his unwitting English girlfriend, an idealistic communist, he allows himself to be recruited by the communists, but soon his charade unravels and he admits to being a British agent—a revelation that achieves the ultimate objective of the mission. The screenplay was written by Paul Dehn and Guy Trosper. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold did well at the box office, received positive reviews, and received several awards, including four BAFTA Awards for Best Film, Best Actor, Best Cinematography, and Best Art Direction. For his performance, Richard Burton also received the David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Actor, the Golden Laurel Award, and an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role. The film was named one of the top ten films of 1966 by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.

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