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The Little Drummer Girl Details


Based on John Le Carré's novel by the same name, this story about Charlie (Diane Keaton) a female double agent working between the Palestinians and Israelis, loses some of the excitement and in-depth characterization engendered by the long novel -- mainly because the novel is hard to capture in a two-hour filmed format. But the action itself carries viewers along as Charlie ends up leaving England and her job as an actress in a Brit repertory company to meet Kurtz (Klaus Kinski) in Greece who recruits her as a spy. Charlie later has to handle her own emotions when she gets romantically involved with her Israeli contact (Yorgo Voyagis), though events move her quickly along to a Palestinian military camp near Beirut. Once she has passed herself off as a reliable Palestinian agent and completed her military training at the camp, she goes to Germany to hunt down a Palestinian terrorist (Sami Frey). Filled with a multitude of characters and locations, not to mention camera shots, the intensity of this story is dissipated somewhat by literally and figuratively covering a lot of territory, though the thread of the story itself is never lost. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

  • Release date:October 19, 1984


Diane Keaton
as Charlie
Yorgo Voyagis
as Joseph
Klaus Kinski
as Kurtz
Sami Frey
as Khalil
Michael Cristofer
as Tayeh
David Suchet
as Mesterbein
Thorley Walters
as Ned Quilley
Eli Danker
as Litvak
Anna Massey
as Chairlady
Dana Wheeler-Nicholson
as Katrin
Robert Pereno
as Rossino
Moti Shirin
as Michel
Heinz Weiss
as Red Cross
Noam Almaz
as Gabriel
Dieter Augustin
as Freiburg City Official
Jony Arbid
Jeff Lester
as American
Jonathan Sagall
as Teddy
Julian Firth
as Young Man
Avi Keidar
as Raoul
Shimon Finkel
as Prof. Minkel
Elisabeth Neumann-Viertel
as Mrs. Minkel
Bill Nighy
as Al
Shosh Marciano
as Rachel
Gawn Grainger
as Actor
Irene Marot
as Pam
Yossi Werzansky
as Ben Ami
Smadar Brener
as Toby
Juliano Mer Khamis
as Julio
Danni Roth
as Oded
René Kolldehoff
as Inspector
Ori Levy
as Lenny
Doron Nesher
as David
Albert Moses
as Green Grocer
Rowena Cooper
as Miss Bach
Peter Capell
as Schwili
Dor Zweigenbom
as Udi


George Roy Hill
Robert L. Crawford
Loring Mandel
John Le Carré
Book Author
Wolfgang Treu
Dave Grusin
Composer (Music Score)
Sylvester Levay
Henry Bumstead
Production Designer
Ariel Roshko
Art Director
Ille Sievers
Costume Designer
Kristi Zea
Costume Designer
Rochelle Zaltzman
Costume Designer
Don French
First Assistant Director