The Game

The Game

DVD - 2015 | Anamorphic widescreen edition.
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The Cold War heats up when a KGB defector exposes Operation Glass, a potentially devastating Soviet plot to activate sleeper agents across the UK. The charismatic but paranoid head of MI-5, known simply as 'Daddy', assembles a secret committee of spies and intelligence officers to investigate. They're the only colleagues he trusts in a world of double agents and lies, but has he chosen well?
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2015]
Edition: Anamorphic widescreen edition.
Branch Call Number: DVD GAM
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (354 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
digital, optical, stereo, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda

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SandraLH
Sep 17, 2017

Suspenseful Cold War mini series. Another enjoyable BBC production.

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Nooksack20
Aug 10, 2017

I found this flick to be painfully slow with Tom Hughes badly miscast as the genius, suave, debonair, master agent for MI5. It appears they tried to stretch a 1 hr mini-drama into a 4 hour mini-series. Not really up to BBC drama standards in my opinion.

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capitalcity
May 23, 2017

Marginally beyond plausibility, as MI5, seemingly operating in the form of a boutique counterespionage outfit, skirmishes with KGB miscreants in cahoots with the IRA. The Game is nominally escapist fare, but the excellent '70s setting has definite positive attributes: not a freakin' cell phone anywhere. Absence of that crutch gadget would crater half the scripts for what passes as melodrama today. Worth a star in and of itself. The series also nicely brings forth the modus operandi of the time, if one was to survive ... trust no one ... no one.

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MartineVK
Mar 10, 2017

I borrowed this more out of curiosity than in search of entertainment, but it kept my interest with its top-rate cast, authentic atmosphere and lots of tension.

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empbee
Feb 26, 2017

Very good cold war spy story with unexpected twists.

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riita
Feb 18, 2017

Tom Hughs makes it worth watching....but the movie was pretty good, not excellent, but worth the watch.

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Chickey_666
Sep 17, 2016

I like most British movies but I got bored with this and did not finish the movie

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sidebruox
Apr 05, 2016

Very entertaining. We thoroughly enjoyed watching this series. Wish there were more.

thingamabob Apr 02, 2016

Historically impossible. By episode 2, one of the MI-5 officers suggests that "Operation Glass," which is clearly directed against Britain, might be a "pre-emptive strike," that is, a nuclear attack intended to prevent retaliation. But this does not cause consultation with the CIA or America, with its massive ICBM force, which would have had to be "pre-empted" too. Writer Toby Whithouse apparently would have us believe that the Cold War was between the big, bad Soviet Union and brave little Great Britain, with America an insignificant bystander. I am neither nationalistic nor political, but whatever other accuracy is shown, all historical realities apply.

This reminds me of the BBC's announcement on August 6, 1945 that Hiroshima was destroyed by a bomb developed by "British and American scientists." Really? The Manhattan project was authorized by Churchill, J. Robert Oppenhiemer was a Brit, New Mexico is in Scotland, and the Enola Gay was a Lancaster? Historical accuracy transcends nationalistic bragging rights, not that making war is ever anything to brag about.

No offense, Britain. But the "Mother Country" is now in assisted living.

xaipe Apr 01, 2016

"The Game" is a classic spy story set in the London of the early 1970's. I say "classic," because it has the feel and pace of the old Cold War pre-technology processes. People must use public phone booths, sift through voluminous filing cabinets, figure calculations without the help of modern computers. It's the old cat and mouse battle of wits between British and Russian intelligence.
The Game" is not as stylish or well-written as the original "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," "The Ipcress File," or "The Third Man," but it's in the ballpark. The Brits have always had a knack for brainy spy stories, and this is no exception. It centers more on psychology than explosions and chases which may lead some to see it as too "talky," but the story is smart and assembled like a jigsaw puzzle. I was beginning to think that they just don't make them like this anymore. Pleasant surprise.

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