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The Looking Glass War is a 1969 British film released by Columbia Pictures directed by Frank Pierson based on the 1965 novel by John le Carré.

The Looking Glass War
Directed byFrank Pierson
Produced byJohn Box
Written byFrank Pierson
Based onThe Looking Glass War
by John le Carré
StarringChristopher Jones
Pia Degermark
Ralph Richardson
Music byAngela Morley
CinematographyAustin Dempster
Edited byWilly Kemplen
Frankovich Productions
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
September 1969 (UK)
February 4, 1970 (USA)
Running time
108 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Plot summaryEdit

Polish defector Leiser (Christopher Jones) is offered a chance at UK citizenship by MI6 - but only if he agrees to undertake a highly dangerous espionage mission behind the "iron curtain" in East Germany. Leiser's role is to replace an MI6 agent who has already been murdered, and gather photographic intelligence on a covert East German rocket system - in violation of international agreements. However, the mission goes wrong from the start when, shortly after arriving in East Germany, Leiser is forced to kill a young East German guard, and later murders a lorry driver who makes homosexual advances. Leiser's objective is further undermined when he falls in love with an East German woman looking for a way out of the country.



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