Based on the John le Carre novel about Cold War espionage, The Looking Glass War is most notable as the feature directorial debut of writer Frank Pierson.
Christopher Jones and Pia Degermark head a featured cast which also includes excellent performances by Ralph Richardson and Paul Rogers.
Jones, a ship-jumping Polish seaman, is recruited by Richardson and Rogers, two old hands in British espionage, to enter East Germany to verify some missile sites.
Anthony Hopkins, a younger undercover agent, is a key character as he shares many youthful reservations in an atmosphere charged with memories of an earlier, simpler spy game.
Pierson’s adaptation has some superior dialog and structuring.