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The Little Drummer Girl (1984)

An American actress with a penchant for lying is forcibly recruited by Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency, to trap a Palestinian bomber, by pretending to be the girlfriend of his dead brother.

Director:

George Roy Hill

Writers:

Loring Mandel (screenplay), John le Carré (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Diane Keaton ... Charlie
Yorgo Voyagis ... Joseph
Klaus Kinski ... Martin Kurtz
Sami Frey ... Khalil
Michael Cristofer ... Tayeh
Eli Danker ... Litvak
Ben Levine Ben Levine ... Dimitri
Jonathan Sagall ... Teddy
Shlomit Hagoel Shlomit Hagoel ... Rose
Juliano Mer-Khamis ... Julio (as Juliano Mer)
Sabi Dorr Sabi Dorr ... Ben
Doron Nesher ... David
Smadar Brener ... Toby
Shoshi Marciano Shoshi Marciano ... Rachel
Philipp Moog ... Aaron
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Storyline

A Palestinian bomber has killed an Israeli diplomat and his family and the Israeli plot to neutralise him becomes convoluted as they select an American Actress (Charlie) to impersonate the Bomber's brother's girlfriend after the Israeli's capture and kill the brother. Charlie is placed into a world where she begins being an actress, then becomes a spy, then is trained by the Palestinians as a guerrilla and finally is sent to deliver a bomb. She is chronically confused by how far she is really supposed to go in her impersonations and how much of herself she must give up. From the book by John Le Carre Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Taglines:

She is the creation of ruthless men. She is le Carré's drummer girl. See more »

Genres:

Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 October 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Garota do Tambor See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,632,719, 21 October 1984

Gross USA:

$7,828,841

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,828,841
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The later John le Carré filmed adaptation, A Most Wanted Man (2014), first premiered in 2014, which was the 30th Anniversary year of this earlier filmed le Carré adaptation of The Little Drummer Girl (1984). Both motion pictures deal with the subject of terrorism. See more »

Quotes

Martin Kurtz: I trust you will not immediately foam at the mouth if I add that we are also Israeli citizens.
Charlie: Israelis?
Martin Kurtz: Unless it's your conviction that Israel should be swept into the sea. Is that your conviction Charlie?
Charlie: Israelis, huh?
Martin Kurtz: Do you feel you are among enemies here?
Charlie: Oh Christ, I don't know what gives you that idea! Oh no, anyone who kidnaps me is a friend for LIFE!
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Great Movie
22 January 2005 | by wrchadwellSee all my reviews

This is the best movie ever made about counter-terrorism. John LeCarre had obviously done his homework on Operation "Wrath of God," the Israeli operation to track down and eliminate the perpetrators of the 1972 Munich Olympic massacre, when he wrote the book this film was based on. The fact that both the 1972 Olympics were in Germany and much of the film is set (and filmed) in Germany only scratches the surface of the parallels. The trade-craft of covert operations in "The Little Drummer Girl" is so realistic the picture could be used as a training film. Klaus Kinski is particularly excellent as the chief of the Mossad team. I hope to see "The Little Drummer Girl" on DVD soon.


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