Heads up, L.A. rejects. Focus Features has hooked us up with a way to send you to the Los Angeles premiere of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, starring Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch. And by send, we mean give you tickets. You’ll have to furnish your own local transportation to get you to the event. To boot, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is an excellent movie. I can confirm as much first hand, as I caught it a few weeks ago. You’ll get a free, good movie to watch and you may even end up seeing a few famous people, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Find out how you can enter to win yourself a pair of tickets after the jump.
1. The premiere will take place on Tuesday, December 6th in Los Angeles. So make sure you are (a) available that evening and (b) live in Los Angeles, as we can’t get you there otherwise (our private jet doesn’t exist).
2. We will be providing one (1) pair of tickets to three (3) different winners each. That means you can bring a guest, so start thinking of who you’d like to bring. And then think of who you will brag to later in order to make them feel jealous (because you know you’ll want to).
3. Jump down to the comments section below and provide an answer to the following question: Next Monday is my birthday. Yes, I’m getting old. But as a tradition, I always buy myself something nice. Not super rich nice, but nice. I usually put a limit of $100 on it. So use your skills of espionage (read: Google search) and find me the coolest, nerdiest most awesome gift that I could get for myself (it doesn’t have to be movie related, but you get extra points for making it somehow tie into Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). The most inspired choice will win one pair of tickets. The other two will be chosen at random by our office supercomputer. Drop a link or description in the comments section and you’re officially entered.
4. Be sure to include your email address in the comment form below (there’s a place for it, don’t put it in the main comment box or everyone will see it) so that we can contact you if you will. Winners will be contacted by Saturday, December 3, so make sure your entry is in by then.
About the Film
The long-awaited feature film version of John le Carré’s classic bestselling novel. 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…
Director: Tomas Alfredson (“Let the Right One In”)
Writers: Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan; Based on the novel by John le Carré
Cast: Gary Oldman, Kathy Burke, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Dencik, Colin Firth, Stephen Graham, Tom Hardy, Ciarán Hinds, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Simon McBurney, Mark Strong
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 128 minutes
Find out more at www.TinkerTailorSoldierSpy.com.