Has all the attributes of spies
I have always liked and enjoyed this film now at long last I own it thank you if you like spy films you will enjoy this one its lovely to see old England and places the actors are also great and good acting and you have a story line
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This dvd tells a great story and is well worth the money.
Based on true events, this DVD tells a great story. It is well written, well acted and it was certainly well worth the money.
Exceptionally good TV Drama
With all the drivel that's been on TV recently it's wonderful to be watching something that is truly very good. This is a mature drama, not written to try to 'appeal' to the young generation as so many new dramas are. I have nothing against this apart from they seem to presume that to appeal to a 'young' generation it has to include flashy photography, lots of sex and a not very clever script. Cambridge Spies is an intelligent, well scripted, well acted and overall well done TV Drama that begins in the thirties during a time of great upheaval. It tells the story of four friends - Burgess, Blunt, Philby and Maclean - the cambridge spies who spied for the Soviet Union. Very enjoyable drama and if you missed it on TV then buying the DVD would be well worth it. If you want to see it again, the DVD has an excellent commentary for episodes one and four that you may find interesting.Read full review
No gadgets, no glamour. Just glory.
Compelling story of four (or five) men who believed passionately in a bygone Britishness and Communism to the exclusion of all else. Often sacrificing personal happiness for love of their chosen ideologies their lives are ultimately rendered tragic. Seen from a modern perspective their youthful passions are infectious and their humanity real. Having clandestinely brokered peace between the superpowers by levelling the playing field for militarists and politicians they were possibly the most important men of the twentieth century. These men gave Europe (and the world) a great gift. Far removed from the reactionary way Hollywood and US TV networks would treat such a sensitive subject this stunning and superbly researched BBC production has, to date, become the benchmark definitive fly-on-the-wall dramatisation of these extraordinarily gifted and brave men.Read full review
BBC Production of the Highest Class
This BBC presentation is, like the 4 spies involved, quintessentially British. The settings are supreme, particularly the depictions of life at Cambridge as an undergraduate, which is where we first meet the 4 characters whose effect on 20th century history, may never be fully appreciated. The story follows their lives and adventures up until Burgess and McLean defect in 1951. The settings apart, what lifts this production out of the ordinary and into the sublime, is the casting and the performances from everyone involved. The 4 leads played by Samuel West as Blunt Toby Stephens as Philby Tom Hollander as Burgess Rupert Penry-Jones as McLean are, all of them, perfectly cast, and there are also memorable contributions from Anthony Andrews, moving and dignified as King George VI, Imelda Staunton, wonderfully cryptic and tart as the late queen mother, John Light as the outsmarted and frustrated James Angleton and not least Marcel Lures as the dignified KGB officer who acted as contact to the four. I have already watched this twice and will do so again as there is so much more to enjoy with repeated viewings. Particularly memorable scenes include the four's outrageous celebrations on their last day at Cambridge, Philby getting himself and his companions out of a jam in Vienna by dint of his unshakeable belief in the power of his British Passport (One of many delicious ironies), McLean's unconventional courting of future wife Melinda, Blunt's scenes with the Royals and unforgettably, Burgess' way of getting himself declared "persona-non grata" in USA. Hollander's "God Bless America" scene is as good a piece of bravura acting as anything from a Brando, a Pacino or a De Niro, but there are lots of goodies everywhere, You will not need to be a History Buff to enjoy this, but you will conclude as I did that, yet again, "Nobody comes close to doing this kind of thing quite as well as the Beeb."Read full review