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The Spy Who Came In from the Cold

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Original title
The Spy Who Came In from the Cold
Running time
112 min.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Paul Dehn, Guy Trosper (Novel: John Le Carré)
Sol Kaplan
Oswald Morris (B&W)
Paramount Pictures
Mystery | Spy Film. Cold War
Movie Groups
John le Carré Adaptations
Synopsis / Plot
When a fellow British agent is killed at Checkpoint Charlie right before his eyes, Alec Lemas, head of the Berlin station, returns to London headquarters. There his boss, Control, inquires if he is tired, burnt out, ready to come in from the cold. Control suggests that there is a vacancy, a desk job, that might interest him, but Alec declines adamantly. Thus, Control immediately mentions that he has something out of the ordinary in mind for a man called Hans-Dieter Mundt, who in 1959 posed as a member of an East German steel mission.
1966: BAFTA Awards: Best British Film, Actor, Cinematography B&W, Art Direction B&W
1965: 2 nominations for Oscar: Best Actor (Richard Burton), Art Direction B&W
1965: Golden Globe: Best Supporting Actor (Oskar Werner)
1965: David di Donatello Awards: Best Foreign Actor (Richard Burton)
1965: National Board of Review: Top 10 Best Films
1965: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Drama Screenplay
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