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What did Peter spy on before?

In Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Peter throw a punch on Ricki Tarr and admits that he had to spied on his own because of Ricki Tarr. What did Peter spy on before?
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Why did Ricki Tarr cable "No sale" to Mr Guillam?

In Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Ricki Tarr speaks to Smiley about Boris: I guessed he was waiting for a connect. Working a letterbox, maybe. Or trailing his coat and looking for a pass from some ...
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Why did Richard leave Peter alone?

In Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Richard is Peter's friend. Richard left him and Peter started crying. This scene happened right after Smiley told Karla's story to Peter. Why did Richard leave ...
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Why was Smiley shocked by seeing this?

During the party scene of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Control and his team are shown singing the Russian national anthem. Smiley approached the window and saw someone groping a woman's butt. He ...
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Why didn't Smiley arrest Polyakov?

In Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Polyakov is taking information from the mole and passing it to the Soviets. So why didn't Smiley arrest Polyakov?
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What does "missed the wedge" mean?

In Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy, Smiley silently barged into the house and meets Ricki, who gave him information about Irina: Smiley: Hello, Ricki. You've missed the wedge. Where have you been, Ricki? ...
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Who tore out the pages of the logbook, and why?

George Smiley finds pages related to 20th November from the log book missing: Who tore out the pages of logbook, and why?
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Why Control and his team are singing Russian national anthem?

Control and his team shown singing Russian national anthem along with a person with Lenin mask on. His team was working for British Intellingence in shortcut called Circus. I didn't understand why ...
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How did Smiley capture the mole?

This question is based on the 2011 film of "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" with Gary Oldman (which I just watched). As for the 1979 BBC series with Alec Guinness, or the original novel, I haven'...
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Why were Poorman & Beggarman not referred in the movie title?

There are 5 codes used in the movie for Russian moles in British Intelligence: "Tinker" for Alleline, "Tailor" for Haydon, "Soldier" for Bland, "Poorman" for Esterhase, and "Beggarman" for Smiley. Why ...
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Why did Bill Haydon insult Easterhase in this scene?

After Jim was killed in a trap, Esterhase waves hands at people who had completed their meeting with Control. Then Bill insults him: Bill Haydon: You little prick, Esterhase Why does he say that?
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What is the significance of the recorded phone conversation between Bill Haydon and Toby Esterhase?

There's a scene about 59m into Tinker Tailor Solder Spy (2011) where an operator is transcribing a recorded phone conversation between Bill Haydon and Toby Esterhase: Haydon: I said, "You may fuck ...
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Why did Prideaux kill Haydon?

Near the end, Prideaux kills Haydon. Was it just a purely personal, revenge thing? That's the standard answer I've seen on some other forums. Other more complicated answers I've come across are: ...
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Who and what is Karla?

Throughout the movie, several characters, including Smiley, refer to a person named Karla. I assume it's a code name for a person, but I am still confused as to who it specifically refers to, and ...
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How does Smiley know the location where Jim Prideaux is?

How did Smiley know that Jim Prideaux wasn't killed by the Soviets, but has gone back to England and is hiding as a teacher at a school?
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Did George Smiley's wife Ann already know that Bill Haydon was a mole?

At the end of "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy", the 1979 BBC series with Alec Guinness, when George is speaking with his wife Ann, she says cryptically: Ann: Bill betrayed totally, didn't he. Everything....
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Did Prideaux kill all those agents?

In Tinker Tailor Solider Spy it’s clear that once they trap Haydon the only thing left to do is trade him back to Karla in exchange for the sources that are all about to be arrested. ...
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How did Smiley know he could trust a certain person?

This question can be based on either the 2011 film of "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" with Gary Oldman, or the 1979 BBC series with Alec Guinness. How did Smiley know he could trust Toby Esterhase? ...
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Significance of the Owl in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"

There's a scene in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" where Prideaux (Mark Strong) is in the class room teaching, then suddenly an owl pops out of the fireplace. Prideaux quickly dispatches it. Later on, in ...
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