January 1st, 2012 in Contests by 41 Comments

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There’s a mole in the British SIS and only one man can ferret him out.

That’s the premise behind the modern update to John LeCarre’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

And the whole thing is starting to make us think that there’s a mole in Backlot D. At first I suspected Mike D. But, no, he’s too loud and conspicuous. Who then? Who? It could be …


If you are the mole, we’re certainly not going to give you passes to the free screening of the move on January 4th at 7:00pm at the Birmingham 8 theater in Birmingham, MI.

So in order to prove you’re not a mole you have to make sure your Backlot D credentials are in order. To do this you need to follow these rules…


  1. Register a Backlot D account if you haven’t already.
  2. Set your avatar to some kind of photo if you haven’t already. It doesn’t have to be a photo of you. Just something besides the default white silhouette. Click here to change your avatar.
  3. Post a message in the comments below giving us your spy code name.
  4. Do all this before midnight on December 31st.

We’ll select 25 winners for the list of all entries.


  1. Valid entries must be received before midnight on December 31st.
  2. Prizes are provided by Allied-THA.
  3. No purchase necessary to enter.
  4. You must be 18 years or older to enter.
  5. Winners are responsible for getting themselves to the theater on the day and time of the screening as specified above.
  6. Your pass does not reserve you a seat. This is a promoted, public preview and seating will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis to all pass holders. The theater will be filled to capacity. In other words: MAKE SURE YOU SHOW UP EARLY ON THE DAY OF THE SCREENING TO WAIT IN LINE AND CLAIM YOUR FREE SEATS.
  7. Winners agree to abide by further rules and restrictions prescribed by the studio and its publicity agents that may be printed on or presented with the pass.
  8. Winners will be selected by a method of Backlot D’s devising. All judgments are final.
  9. No whining.

The Trailer

The Poster



Movie Info

Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy is the long-awaited feature film version of John le Carré’s classic bestselling novel. The thriller is directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In). The screenplay adaptation is by the writing team of Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan.

The time is 1973. The Cold War of the mid-20th Century continues to damage international relations. Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), a.k.a. MI6 and code-named the Circus, is striving to keep pace with other countries’ espionage efforts and to keep the U.K. secure. The head of the Circus, known as Control (John Hurt), personally sends dedicated operative Jim Prideaux (Mark Strong) into Hungary. But Jim’s mission goes bloodily awry, and Control is forced out of the Circus – as is his top lieutenant, George Smiley (Gary Oldman), a career spy with razor-sharp senses.

Estranged from his absent wife Ann, Smiley is soon called in to see undersecretary Oliver Lacon (Simon McBurney); he is to be rehired in secret at the government’s behest, as there is a gnawing fear that the Circus has long been compromised by a double agent, or mole, working for the Soviets and jeopardizing England. Supported by younger agent Peter Guillam (Benedict Cumberbatch), Smiley parses Circus activities past and present. In trying to track and identify the mole, Smiley is haunted by his decades-earlier interaction with the shadowy Russian spy master Karla.

The mole’s trail remains cold until maverick field agent Ricki Tarr (Tom Hardy) unexpectedly contacts Lacon. While undercover in Turkey, Ricki has fallen for a betrayed married woman, Irina (Svetlana Khodchenkova), who claims to possess crucial intelligence. Separately, Smiley learns that Control narrowed down the list of mole suspects to five men. They are the ambitious Percy Alleline (Toby Jones), whom he had code-named Tinker; suavely confident Bill Haydon (Colin Firth), dubbed Tailor; stalwart Roy Bland (Ciarán Hinds), called Soldier; officious Toby Esterhase (David Dencik), dubbed Poor Man; and – Smiley himself.

Even before the startling truth is revealed, the emotional and physical tolls on the players enmeshed in the deadly international spy game will escalate…

Rob Worley

Author: Rob Worley