Tailor Soldier Spy 
Rated R for violence, profanity, sexuality and nudity.
Running Time: 127 minutes
Distributor: Focus Features
Film Review by Kam Williams
Excellent (4 stars)
Dateline: Budapest, 1973. It is the height of the Cold War, and
British spy Jim Prideaux (Mark Strong) has been dispatched behind the Iron
Curtain on a covert, anti-Communist mission. But when the operation is badly
botched, and blood is shed, there are consequences back in London at MI6
headquarters where both the head of the organization (John Hurt) and his
right-hand man, George Smiley (Gary Oldman), are forced to resign in
Yet, it isn’t very long before the latter is secretly rehired by Undersecretary Oliver Lacon (Simon McBurney), the member of the Prime Minister’s cabinet responsible for overseeing the intelligence agency. For, there is good reason to believe that a Soviet mole has managed to infiltrate the “Circus,” the government moniker for MI6’s highest echelon. As it turns out, Prideaux was in Hungary in search of the double agent whose identity has been narrowed down to one of four suspects referred to by the surreptitious codenames Tinker (Toby Jones), Tailor (Colin Firth), Soldier (Ciaran Hinds) and Poor Man (David Dencik).