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The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965) was a Drama - Film Adaptation Film directed by Martin Ritt and produced by Martin Ritt.

Academy Awards 1965 --- Ceremony Number 38 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorRichard BurtonNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Hal Pereira, Tambi Larsen, Edward Marshall; Set Decoration: Josie MacAvinNominated
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The Spy Who Came In from the Cold (1965)

By Beatrice on Nov 19, 2018 From Flickers in Time

The Spy Who Came In from the Cold Directed by Martin Ritt Written by Paul Dehn and Guy Trosper from the novel by John Le Carre 1965/UK Salem Films Limited Repeat viewing/Netflix rental Possibly the saddest spy movie ever made. ?Also one of the best. Alec Leamas (Richard Burton) has been head of Brit... Read full article


The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (1965)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Sep 14, 2016 From 4 Star Films

Adapted from the John le Carr?novel, this is a black & white spy thriller that personifies cold war paranoia in ways that Bond never could.?Richard Burton is an operative working in Berlin before being demoted to a librarian job. It looks like our narrative is heading in a direction hardly fit ... Read full article


The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (1965)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Sep 14, 2016 From 4 Star Films

Adapted from the John le Carr?novel, this is a black & white spy thriller that personifies cold war paranoia in ways that Bond never could.?Richard Burton is an operative working in Berlin before being demoted to a librarian job. It looks like our narrative is heading in a direction hardly fit ... Read full article


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Quotes from

Alec Leamas: I'm a man, you fool. Don't you understand? A plain, simple, muddled, fat-headed human being. We have them in the West, you know.


Control: We have to live without sympathy, don't we? We can't do that forever. One can't stay out of doors all the time. One needs to come in from the cold.
Alec Leamas: I'm an operator, Control, just an operator.
Control: There's a vacancy in Banking Section which might suit you.
Alec Leamas: Sorry, I'm an operational man. I'll take my pension. I don't want a desk job.
Control: You don't know what's on the desk.
Alec Leamas: Paper!
Control: [after taking a long sip from his tea cup] I want you to stay, uh, out in the cold... a little longer.


Fiedler: Innocent people die every day. They might as well do so for a reason.


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Facts about

Burt Lancaster was originally attached to play Alec Leamas.
Though playing a teenager, Claire Bloom was actually 34 at the time of filming.
The phrase "Number 11 bus", which is heard a few times, is British slang for walking; your two legs look like the number 11.
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