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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 ...