The Looking Glass War

Synopsis: During the Cold War, the British Intelligence receives a blurred photograph from East Germany taken from Hamburg and Director LeClerc believes they are missiles. Their agent, Taylor King, who receives a film which might clarify the detail from a pilot in Finland, is found dead on the road, and the police believe he was accidentally killed in a hit-and-run. LeClerc meets the Polish defector Fred Leiser, who jumped overboard from a ship expecting to have asylum and stay with his British girlfriend who is pregnant, and decides to recruit him to cross the border and spy on the Eat German facility to check on the missiles. In return, he would have salary, insurance and political asylum. Leiser is trained by the agent and family man John Avery,and soon he finds his girlfriend has had ended the pregnancy. When Leiser crosses the border, he meets up with Anna, a local, and they stay together in the beginning of a dangerous journey where he is just a pawn in a war game.
108 min

Northern Air Services.


Brandy, Steinhaeger.

You bastards.

You're down safely, captain.

That's what counts.

Plane was full of kids.

Get your bloody hand off.

Doesn't seem much point in blowing

the whole job now...

...just as your skill and steely nerve

brought you down safely.

-Now, get a grip on yourself.

-That was the last time.

What's down there anyway,

l want to know.

What altitude?

Six thousand feet.

Two hundred and forty-six knots.

-No excuse for that.

-l'm through.

Look, l don't make the weather.

That's your end.

lf you thought it wasn't safe

to go off course in this muck... shouldn't have done it.

No, you pay.

l don't even get taxi fares.

l'm walking to the hotel.

lt's all right, we won't ask you again.

-No overflights.

-We authorized one.

You brought us back the scandal

of a dead man in Finland.

What would you have done

in the war?

lf this were the war, we'd have

put a man over the border.

lt required nerve and money.

ln those days we had both.

We'd still do that today?

l think so. lt has the advantage

of being out of fashion.

Where would you find such a man?

lsn't that the sort of thing

you'd pay us for?

All right.

l don't want to know details.

-You certain?

-l don't deal in certainties.

l deal in doubt.

lf you feel able to say,

in the face of the indicators...

...the rockets are not there,

advise the minister accordingly...

...and l shall have done my duty.

-You will have done yours.


l suppose having put up the hare,

you better have a shot at it.

lf l should find a man to go over...

...there remains the problem

of resources.

Training, equipment, extra staff,


Why do you have to raise

so many difficulties?

ln practical terms, we'd need

the best part of 30,000 pounds.


l understand you wanted to

be spared details.

l suggest you send us a memo

on costs.

Sorry to disturb you.

Would you give us your attention

a moment?

Do you speak English?

The police informs

you jumped off your ship.

-Why did you do that?

-lt was very boring on ship.

You speak very good English.

l have the ear, it's easy for me.

l work in ski resorts and on ships.

Girls like to teach me.

English girls, French girls,

Russian girls.

Have you ever been arrested?

-Are you running from arrest now?


Forgive me,

but we must ask these questions.

Do you smoke?

Ask him if he always carries a knife.

-You have no police record?

-Everybody has a police record.

Do you understand?

We want to know why you are running.

Are you in trouble?

ls someone after you?

No, l want to live in England.

What on earth do you suppose

you'd do here if we let you stay?

Vote in free elections,

practice free enterprise.

Be a millionaire

and sleep with movie stars.

Your name?

Friedrich Wilhelm Leiser,

but l'm Polish.

-How old are you?




-What's he?

-A hero.

Perhaps you would be kind enough

to explain.

Well, my father was in the last

Polish cavalry charge in history.

Polish cavalry against German tanks.

The Germans made a lot of heroes

that day. They killed everybody.

That was 30 years ago.

He was the only survivor.

Too bad.

l think heroes are only happy in parks

with pigeons sitting on their heads.


Do you have religion, boy?

My father believed in God and cavalry.

Now they feed horses to cats,

so l don't know.

What do you want from me?

Perhaps if you would oblige us

with the truth.

Why did you jump ship?

l came to see a girl.

-What girl? An English girl?


But l do not love her, l love the baby

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John le Carré

David John Moore Cornwell (born 19 October 1931), better known by the pen name John le Carré (), is a British author of espionage novels. During the 1950s and 1960s, he worked for both the Security Service and the Secret Intelligence Service. His third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963), became an international best-seller and remains one of his best-known works. Following the success of this novel, he left MI6 to become a full-time author. In 2011, he was awarded the Goethe Medal. more…

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