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The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

Spine #452

Nov 25, 2008

Number of Discs: 1

  • 1.66:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English Stereo
  • English subtitles

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

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Directed By: Martin Ritt
Starring: Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Oskar Werner Peters, George Voskovec, Rupert Davies, Cyril Cusack, Peter Van Eyck, Michael Hordern, Robert Hardy, Bernard Lee, Beatrix Lehmann, Esmond Knight
Licensor: Paramount Home Entertainment

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John Le Carré's acclaimed bestselling novel, about a Cold War spy on one final, dangerous mission, is every bit as precise and ruthless onscreen in this adaptation directed by Martin Ritt. Richard Burton delivers one of his career-defining performances as Alec Leamas, whose hesitant but deeply felt relationship with a beautiful librarian (Claire Bloom) puts what he hopes will be his last assignment, in East Germany, in jeopardy. An intelligent, hard-edged, and even tragic thriller, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is etched with realism and suffused with genuine political and personal anxiety.

  • New interviews with author John Le Carré and cinematographer Oswald Morris
  • The Secret Center: John Le Carré (2000), a BBC documentary on the author's extraordinary life and work
  • Acting in the '60s: Richard Burton, a 1967 interview with the BBC's Kenneth Tynan examining the actor's performances and accomplishments
  • Gallery of set designs
  • Theatrical trailer


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