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This is the story of Magnus Pym, from his childhood to the end of his career in middle age. As a young man, there is little doubt that his father Rick was the most influential character in ... See full summary »
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Ray McAnally ...  Rick Pym 6 episodes, 1987
Rüdiger Weigang Rüdiger Weigang ...  Axel 6 episodes, 1987
Alan Howard ...  Jack Brotherhood 6 episodes, 1987
Peter Egan ...  Magnus Pym 5 episodes, 1987
Jane Booker ...  Mary Pym / ... 5 episodes, 1987
Tim Healy ...  Syd Lemon 5 episodes, 1987
Peggy Ashcroft ...  Miss Dubber 3 episodes, 1987
Andy de la Tour ...  Muspole 3 episodes, 1987
Jack Ellis ...  Perce Loft 3 episodes, 1987
Benedict Taylor ...  Magnus Pym 2 episodes, 1987
Leonard Preston Leonard Preston ...  Fergus 2 episodes, 1987
Sarah Bullen Sarah Bullen ...  Kate 2 episodes, 1987
Madeline Church Madeline Church ...  Georgie 2 episodes, 1987
Paul Daneman Paul Daneman ...  Bo Brammell 2 episodes, 1987
Peter Sands ...  Nigel 2 episodes, 1987
Lesley Nightingale Lesley Nightingale ...  Sabina 2 episodes, 1987
Ian Thompson Ian Thompson ...  Police Superintendent 2 episodes, 1987
Alan Cohen Alan Cohen ...  Dance Band Leader 2 episodes, 1987
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This is the story of Magnus Pym, from his childhood to the end of his career in middle age. As a young man, there is little doubt that his father Rick was the most influential character in his life. Rick was a raconteur, con man, thief, black marketer and all in all, simply larger than life. From a young age, Rick included Magnus in his schemes and the young man learned that you would do anything for the ones you love. When a university student in Switzerland, Pym meets the other person who will have the greatest influence in his life, Axel, a Czech refugee. As Pym enters his career in the British Secret Service, his relationship with Axel and the values he developed in childhood lead him down his own path of betrayal and loyalty. Written by garykmcd

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English

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4 November 1987 (UK) See more »

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(7 parts)

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Color
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Of the four television mini-series adaptations of John le Carré novels, all made by the BBC, The Night Manager (2016) and Smiley's People (1982) have the same number of episodes, that being six. A Perfect Spy (1987) and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979) both contain seven episodes, one more. See more »

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More human tragedy than espionage - beautiful characterisation
1 January 2000 | by amber-26See all my reviews

This is an extremely long movie, which means you may become very bored before it becomes interesting, but its length provides opportunity for its characters to find permanent attachment in your sympathies.

If you are moved by the guilt of the loathsome you will find it particularly heart-wrenching, because it is a story that finds its heroes among the evil and the weak. If you can love a monster you'll cry for Magnus Pym, the spy who betrays everyone - notably his country, his friends and family - a man who has also been manipulated and moulded since childhood by those same people.

There isn't one truly likeable character in the entire story, not one loyal, 'moral' personality to sympathise with. But watching the whole thing without the help of a tissue would be quite remarkable.

I really enjoyed it in the end. Well worth it for people who like inciteful movies about baser human character.


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