The Night Manager

The Night Manager

DVD - 2016
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Jonathan Pine is working as the night manager of a Cairo hotel. He gets involved with a local woman who is the girlfriend of a local gangster. Through her relationship with the gangster she has acquired information linking illegal international arms sales with an English billionaire.
Publisher: Culver City, CA :, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
Branch Call Number: DVD TV NIG
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (361 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
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tjdickey
Jun 28, 2017

Though some fascinating updates and revisions to the novel are present, the *flavor* of Le Carre's original is stunningly present - the the uncertainty, the fear, the feeling of being almost completely out of control of even the best-laid plans.

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JackamoJames
Jun 22, 2017

Typical JohnLeCarre stuff but I didnt find it as captivating as some of his films. THis did seem a tad too TVish and not enough Grit.
The actors all did fine jobs, the story kept you interested although there was no real mystery as to what was going to happen.
A mild thumbs up.

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afreespirit
Jun 15, 2017

Outstanding miniseries, well worth seeing.

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wildct2003
Jun 05, 2017

Wow. One of the better dramas I have watched in recent years. Highly recommended for adult audiences.

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swyckl
May 16, 2017

I liked this spy thriller DVD. The violence is subtle but present. Perhaps, it is too graphic for children. The sexual aspects are present too. Le Carré, John did a great job with the script writing this story. The script has lots of surprises to keep you interested. You may feel some sympathy for the characters in the story like I did. I like John as an author. A biography about him I watched said he was actually a spy in his life. According to the biography his scripts are based on facts with the fake names of people and places. It is supposed to represent what it is really like to be a spy.

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JLMason
May 05, 2017

What’s to like: it’s fairly true to the book, it looks expensive (lovely locales) and well made, and it has Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston. What’s not to like: the plot drags; Hugh Laurie is just not menacing enough as the villain and Tom Hiddleston just looks bemused at being there. Neither are believable as the ruthless arms dealer (Laurie) or the vengeful, driven spy (Hiddleston) described in the book. Laurie started his career as a comedian (Fry and Laurie, Black Adder, Jeeves and Wooster) and while excellent as House, he’s not progressed to playing a bad guy. Hiddleston is eye candy wandering through the scenes. The arms deal demonstration was well done and Hollander as the nasty Corky provided some degree of evil and suspense, but otherwise this series was a bit of a disappointment.

I read the book shortly after it came out in 2008 and found it to be somewhat unfocused. The plot wandered. Much was improbable, even for a novel, and this especially hurt as le Carre wants us to always believe that he is operating in the believable/possible world. In particular, I found the ascent of Pine in to Roper's crime empire hard to believe. And then there were scenes that either diverted the reader from the main story or provided little insight in to the same. I like a lot of le Carre's work, but this one, not so much.

I was hoping the series would tighten things up but, unfortunately, it tried too hard to be true to the book, which meant that it also wandered, felt very improbable, and suffered from some rather wooden acting. Laurie tries his best to be sinister but his actions and decisions don't follow (again, the source material doesn't help). Hiddleston is easy on the eyes (as is Debicki) and with his sonorist voice he could have been better at delivering his lines (again, source material possibly to blame). Hollander does the best he can with his character but then again, he's not given much depth or breadth to work with. The rest of the characters appear to have been cookie-cut and one dimensional. Again, most of this can be attributed to the source material, but with Laurie in as Exec Producer some blame can be laid at the feet of the production itself, too.

I wouldn't say this is a bad series. It's entertaining and mysterious at points. But it feels very 'by the numbers' when it comes to espionage/spy thrillers.

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ScorchingSun
Apr 15, 2017

Although well done with good sets and music and much spy stuff, even merely 6 hours were overlong for the plot. I found myself wishing it would just end already.
Hugh Laurie was not in the same league as other soft-spoken master villains.
And our hero should have tried keeping it in his pants. Less fun but certainly a lot less trouble.

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DHahn
Mar 31, 2017

Great thriller, excellent acting.

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lledomik
Mar 24, 2017

Not as good as the hype made it out to be. There were parts that just did not make sense. The crime boss sets off a wasteful and expensive show of explosives to impress a buyer? And strangely the US and British intelligence don't pick up on unidentified drones and a giant wall of fire? The romance aspect also had me cringing.

I probably would have enjoyed it more if I'd known that it was a leave your brain at the door kind of movie (James Bond-ish). I did enjoy the character of Burr played by Olivia Colman. Burr was calm, smart and believable as someone working in intelligence.

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jimg2000
Dec 23, 2016

Why do you sit so far away?
-Out of respect, I suppose.
Is that why you came all the way here? To respect me? You have many different voices, Mr Pine. You say one thing and... that person touches me. Then that person is called away and somebody quite different takes his place. We have a changing of the guard. Are you like this with all your women?
-You are not one of my women, Miss Sophie.
So why are you here? I want one of your many selves to sleep with me tonight. You can choose which one.
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There is another point of view on all this. Which is what? That arming certain key players whose mobile phone numbers we happen to have in our address book might be preferable to indulging a whole new bunch of religious lunatics about whom we know nothing.
-Oh, yeah... So instead of putting handcuffs on him, we can give him a seat in the House of Lords!
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Why do you call him the worst man in the world?
-Because he sells destruction, pain and death. And he laughs.

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jimg2000
Dec 23, 2016

All the great philanthropists of our time are businessmen. They're entrepreneurs, innovators. My save haven project for refugees, which we began in '98, is the true expression of my belief in a commitment to the wider world. Because my good fortune means nothing unless it also lifts up my fellow man.
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'Across Egypt, millions were on the streets erupting in excitement. He'd gone. After 30 years, gone. Cars honked their horns, it was a moment like no other in their lives.' 'In Tahrir Square, the protestors were beside themselves. They'd done it. They'd won. They'd brought down President Mubarak.'
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And we'll need the River files too. Red flags will fly.
-So bury the requests in a pile of slurry. Do a random sweep on all Brits living offshore. Throw River House off the scent. Make us look like a bunch of amateurs looking for a needle in a haystack.

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jimg2000
Dec 23, 2016

Take all the things you own, clothes, house, car, and ask yourself what part of all that did not depend on commerce and the free of movement of capital. For the benefit of the hard of thinking in the room, I'll give you the answer. The answer is none. None! My Safe Haven project for refugees is not funded out of love, or a bleeding heart. I do it because it benefits me to have the communities in which I wish to operate sympathetic to my interests. And the truth, which no-one dares admit these days... is that only by freeing capital do you free the world.
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I think you might be stringing us along. Hmmm? And if that's the case, when you're better, I will hood you, and hang you up by those lovely ankles until the truth falls out of you by gravity.

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jimg2000
Dec 23, 2016

Now there's two philosophies on how to confront international arms smuggling. You can exploit or you can enforce. Now, I'm an enforcer, and I'll tell you why. You go down the exploitation path, this is what happens. You identify a bad guy, you watch him, get all kinds of dirt on him, and you approach him. And then what do you do? Well, then you recruit him. You recruit him to get to the next guy, then you watch him, and you recruit him, and so on, and so forth. And pretty soon the lines get blurred, your enemy becomes your friend, and hey... the devil has all the best lines, right?
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Was that dull enough for you? Oh, are you kidding me? I never knew an American could sound so much like a total bloody loser.
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What happened in Cairo... shames me to the bottom of my soul. I know you can't forgive the man who did that. The question is, what are you prepared to do about it?

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jimg2000
Dec 23, 2016

Three generations of Eton or you're not on the map.
-I'm only one generation, Sandy. So what does that make me?
You're paying the bill, Dicky. Which means... you are the map.
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How long have you been together?
-20 years, come November.
Wow! Congratulations.
-It's marriage, Jonathan. It's not a state of bliss.
Any children?
-First and last.
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I want to put you inside his operation. I will give you a legend as thick as your arm. You will be in so deep, you'll worry that you'll never get out of it. There's not a scrap of you that won't get used, there's not an hour that will go by that you won't be scared. But you will nail him.
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You are going to put on the performance of your life. There is half a psychopath lurking in there, Jonathan. I want you to find him and stick to him. Once you get down to Devon, you are the world's second worst man, first place already taken.

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jimg2000
Dec 22, 2016

So, father killed in Belfast, no close relationship with mother, married once for six months, we can assume not a triumph. Two tours in Iraq, distinguished service. And on return, what? Despair, depression, and then five years as a night owl in the hotel business. What was that? Hibernation? Burying yourself alive? And then a sudden moment of madness. Thieving, narcotics... murder. This is bloody chaos, Jonathan. Do you even know who you are?
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Me, I'm a free man. Free to think, free to work, free to climb a mountain or lie in bed all day eating peppermint creams without any bugger telling me how.
-Then I'm a free man.
Oh, that's the free part, the man part's a little different.

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jimg2000
Dec 22, 2016

Everyone assumes that I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth. It's balls. My father was an Oxfordshire auctioneer, taught me the price of everything, but the drive to create all of this, that comes from me and me alone.
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I met a girl...in Devon.
-Didn't we all.

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Now, house rules. No phones, no postcards to Devon dumplings. No messages in a bottle. The chief values privacy... as do we all. All the way down to the beach, as far as you can go, and it's on the right. Alternatively, fill your pockets with stones, walk into the sea... and keep going. Anything? No. ... Off every tree you may freely eat - maids, serving wenches, cooks, typists, masseuses, even the lady who comes to clip the canary's claws. But if you lay one hand on that precious fruit (Jed), then like the Belgians in the Congo, we'll chop it off. And I don't mean the hand.

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jimg2000
Dec 22, 2016

Who are you? You come into our lives... ..disrupt our balance... ..everyone's attracted to you. Who are you? Are you Andrew Birch? Are you Thomas Quince? Are you Jonathan Pine? Tell me.
-I can't. How long do we have?
He said a while.
-Where's your room?
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So you don't drink, and you don't screw. Not sure I can trust a man with no appetites.
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Without me, you've got nothing. You don't have Roper in possession of chemical weapons, you can't arrest him for corporate fraud, his name's not connected to Trade Pass. You have no phone taps, no witnesses. His deal will go ahead, and you'll be powerless to stop it.

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jimg2000
Dec 22, 2016

Aw. No joy? Must be a peculiar feeling, is it? All those VIP rooms, five-star hotels. You're now on the wrong side of the velvet rope.
-Do you feel quite discombobulated? I suppose you've been preparing this for a while. Practising in front of the mirror, have we?
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Be good. You're a funny fish, Jonathan.
===
When a continent enters into chaos, that's when opportunities open up. The British knew it in China, the Yanks in South America. I'm doing the same here. We can train armies to fight in deserts, mountains, we can teach them anti-guerrilla tactics, how to deal with political insurgency. And for a small surcharge, we can even send in teams of our own to deal with specific targets.
===
War as spectator sport. We are emperors of Rome, Andrew. Blood and steel, the only elements that ever meant anything. ... UN takes a rather dim view of cluster munitions on the basis that, and I quote, "They pose an indiscriminate threat to the civilian population."

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jimg2000
Dec 22, 2016

Where did you get this intelligence?
-A source close to TradePass and Richard Roper.
Can you be more specific?
-To do so would be to put lives at risk. No, I can't do that.
Mmm, this is a behind-closed-doors enquiry, Ms Burr. Names will be redacted from the records. So, why can't you tell us?
-You know why. You all know why.
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Did you get me some of those curly slippers?
-No, I tried. Apparently, Egyptian men have tiny little feet.
Well, you know what they say? Tiny feet, tiny shoes.
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This is the number. You must memorise it. And you press connect and it will start the party.
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To the victor! And to the blind man... ..who cannot see the human bloody hand grenade in front of his bloody eyes.

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