The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)

8.25 / Rated by 2 people

112 min.
Plot  The West Berlin office of the Circus, under administrator Alec Leamas (Richard Burton), has not been doing well. In fact, he is recalled to London shortly after the death of one of his operatives. Leamas is seemingly demoted to the banking section of the agency. In reality, a carefully staged transformation of Leamas has been arranged by Control (Cyril Cusack), the agency's chief. Now depressed and disgruntled, alcoholic and low on funds, he is quickly spotted by the East German Intelligence Service as a potential defector.

Leamas accepts overtures from German communists to reveal British secrets for payment, and he is interviewed by a man named Peters (Sam Wanamaker) at a coastal house in the Netherlands about what he knows. When the process is later moved to country villa in East Germany, the interviews become less cordial. It appears Leamas has information that will implicate a powerful East German intelligence officer named Mundt as a paid informant of the British, but the...



Richard Burton
Alec Leamas
Claire Bloom
Nan Perry
Oskar Werner
Sam Wanamaker
Cyril Cusack
Robert Hardy
Dick Carlton
Bernard Lee
George Mikell
German Checkpoint Guard


All Titles

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
English Original Title

Release Dates


United Kingdom



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