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The Spy Who Came In from the Cold

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Martin Ritt

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About the Movie

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 Carré's best-selling novel provides the basis for this breathtaking thriller of espionage, intrigue, crosses and double-crosses. First-rate performances from the entire cast are matched by a tension-packed and brilliantly plotted screenplay, with masterful direction from Martin Ritt (Hud, Sounder).

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 13
  • Fresh: 11
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 7.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The film makes you believe it could have happened. And that's the remarkable thing. – Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: An excellent contemporary espionage drama of the Cold War which achieves solid impact via emphasis on human values, total absence of mechanical spy gimmickry, and perfectly controlled underplaying. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: Grim, monotonous, and rather facile, though Richard Burton's aging agent has some honest poignancy. – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: What finally impresses, however, is the sheer seediness of so much of the film, with characters, buildings, and landscapes lent convincingly grubby life by Oswald Morris' excellent monochrome camera-work. – Geoff Andrew, Time Out, Dec 26, 2007

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Customer Reviews


excellent cold war thriller with a twist. well acted, well written and brilliant


Not even Hollywood filmmakers could manage to make a mash out of this great story. All the damage they did to it was comparatively minor - embellishing some of John le Carre's true-to-life villains to their own image of true communists.


A timeless, brilliant picture. A classic.

The Spy Who Came In from the Cold
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1965

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