The Little Drummer Girl (film)

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The Little Drummer Girl
Poster of the movie The Little Drummer Girl.jpg
Directed by George Roy Hill
Produced by Robert L. Crawford
Patrick Kelley
Dieter Meyer
Written by John le Carré
Loring Mandel
Music by Dave Grusin
Cinematography Wolfgang Treu
Edited by William Reynolds
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • October 19, 1984 (1984-10-19)
Running time
132 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20 million
Box office $7,828,841

The Little Drummer Girl is a 1984 American spy film directed by George Roy Hill and adapted from the 1983 novel The Little Drummer Girl by John le Carré. It starred Diane Keaton, Yorgo Voyagis, Klaus Kinski and Thorley Walters.[1] The film received divided reviews among critics.


Set in Europe and the Middle East, the plot follows the Mossad's clandestine attempt to flush out a PLO bomber named Khalil. To capture him, they kidnap and later kill his brother, then recruit an anti-Zionist American actress named Charlie to impersonate the dead man's girlfriend, hoping Khalil will contact her. Charlie does everything the Mossad asks of her, but as she goes deeply undercover, she questions just how far she should go before reaching a point where she is unable to escape.



The film opened to mixed reviews from critics.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Canby, Vincent. "New York Times: The Little Drummer Girl". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-10-26. 

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