Both men had supposedly outlived their usefulness to the Circus, the British Secret Intelligence Service: George Smiley, the retired head of espionage, and General Vladimir, an aging informant who reported to him. When the general walks into a bullet after sending an urgent message to his old handler, the Circus asks Smiley to "tidy things up." But Smiley hears Vladimir's message as a call to arms against his nemesis, the Soviet super spy Karla, once again tantalizingly within his grasp. Alec Guinness reprises the role of British spymaster George Smiley in this gripping sequel to the television masterpiece TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY. Filmed on location in London, Paris, Hamburg, and Bern, SMILEY'S PEOPLE also stars Eileen Atkins, Anthony Bate, Bernard Hepton, Michael Lonsdale, Beryl Reid, Patrick Stewart, and Bill Paterson.