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The Looking Glass War
Theatrical release poster
Directed byFrank Pierson
Written byFrank Pierson
Based onThe Looking Glass War
by John le Carré
Produced byJohn Box
StarringChristopher Jones
Pia Degermark
Ralph Richardson
CinematographyAustin Dempster
Edited byWilly Kemplen
Music byAngela Morley (as Wally Stott)
Color processEastmancolor
Frankovich Productions
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • 2 January 1970 (1970-01-02) (London)
  • 8 February 1970 (1970-02-08) (United Kingdom)
  • February 4, 1970 (1970-02-04) (New York City)
Running time
107 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Looking Glass War is a 1970 British neo-noir action-thriller film directed by Frank Pierson based on the 1965 novel by John le Carré The Looking Glass War.


Polish defector Leiser is offered a chance of UK citizenship by MI6, but only if he agrees to undertake a highly dangerous espionage mission behind the "iron curtain" in East Germany. Leiser's role is to replace an MI6 agent who has already been murdered, and to gather photographic intelligence on a covert East German rocket system - in violation of international agreements. The mission goes wrong from the start when, shortly after arriving in East Germany, Leiser is forced to kill a young East German guard, and later murders a lorry driver who makes homosexual advances. Leiser's objective is further undermined when he falls in love with an East German woman looking for a way out of the country.


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