Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

1980 NR 3 discs

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

1980 NR 3 discs
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In this TV miniseries, wily spy George Smiley is pulled out of retirement to investigate a senior official from his old agency who may be a double agent. It's up to Smiley to smoke him out without access to files that could aid in the capture.
Alec Guinness, Ian Richardson, Michael Aldridge, Bernard Hepton, Anthony Bate, Michael Jayston, Terence Rigby, George Sewell, Ian Bannen, Joss Ackland, Daniel Beecher, Nigel Stock, Thorley Walters, Stephen Earle, Hilary Minster, Frank Moorey, Siân Phillips
John Irvin
Blu-ray DVD
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Full Screen 1.33:1
English SDH
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA. NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this BBC spy miniseries is full of sophisticated dialogue and a twisting, intricate plot. Although the show's violence is relatively tame compared to modern standards (and the theatrical version), the plotting and characterization will make this series interesting only to teens with the patience to pay close attention and follow the events. The show is not based on any historical elements but there could be an educational opportunity for teens interested in learning more about the political environment of the cold war and the role of espionage in world politics.

Sexual Content

Occasional mild innuendo and references to love affairs, but very little onscreen romantic activity.


The show deals in violence usually as an act of last resort, with occasional fisticuffs or threats of more serious attack. Very little actual blood or graphic violence.


Occasional "damn" and "hell," as well as the British slang term "bloody."

Social Behavior

The atmosphere depicted in the series is one where intelligence and cunning are prized, as is loyalty to one's country. However, there are also elements of deception and violence that are fundamental to the lives of these spies.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Frequent period smoking by both primary and secondary characters; social drinking with occasional conversational reference to overindulgence in alcohol.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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