The Company

TNT (Mini-Series 2007)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 3

    Hours 5 & 6

    Aired 8/19/07

  • S 1 : Ep 2

    Hours 3 & 4

    Aired 8/12/07

  • S 1 : Ep 1

    Hours 1 & 2

    Aired 8/5/07

  • Cast & Crew
  • Alfred Molina

    Harvey 'The Sorcerer' Torriti

  • Michael Keaton

    James Jesus Angleton

  • Simon Callow

    Elihu Epstein

  • Cedric Smith

    Allen Dulles

  • Chris O'Donnell

    Jack McAuliffe

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  • show Description
  • Three friends are recruited out of Yale in the early days of the Cold War, becoming agents of the CIA and KGB. Played out against historical events that span four decades, this is a look inside both agencies and at the men who ran them – all believing they represented the true and enlightened way. Chris O'Donnell, Michael Keaton, Alfred Molina, Rory Cochrane, Alessandro Nivola and Natascha McElhone star in this new 6 hour mini-series about Cold War CIA agents who become entangled in a web of mystery and espionage. Produced by Scott Free Productions for TNT, the series is based on the novel by Robert Littell.moreless

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  • Quotes (25)

    • Torriti: (of Lili) Listen to me, McAuliffe, you can woo her, you can screw her. You can do whatever you need to do to make her whisper sweet secrets in your ear, but don't fall in love with her. That way lies madness.

    • Lili: How did you get here, Jack, doing this kind of work? And not the suave Jack answer, the real answer! Jack: There are some Americans who understand that we are in a life and death crisis with the communists. When it's over, only one side will survive; I've been asked to join the battle. Lili: And you believe this? Jack: We're in a war, Lili, and even though it is a cold one, it is no less deadly.

    • Azalia: (of Yevgeny leaving) I should be very upset, Yevgeny. Every time you call me on the telephone, my heart races. I can feel it in your voice… the longing in your words. Yevgeny: That's because every time I leave you, a part of my soul stays in your possession.

    • Starik: I have been told by my people that the Pentagon thinks there will be a war with the Soviet Union. They even have predicted a starting date. Yevgeny: America doesn't have the appetite for another World War, let alone an atomic one. I mean, they are foolish and greedy, yes, but not insane. Americans are very good at self-preservation.

    • Frank Wisner: (at orientation) The Truman Doctrine of 1947 promised that America would aid free peoples everywhere in the struggle against totalitarianism. The principal instrument of American foreign policy in that struggle is the Central Intelligence Agency. Make no mistake about it, western civilization is under attack. It is a war of attrition, and a very thin line of patriots mans the ramparts.

    • Yevgeny Tsipin: America is a country filled with great people. I have a great affection for America. I cannot ignore their faults or their shortcomings or... Americans are trapped in a system which brings out the worst in them. They were raised to believe that democracy is the ideal. Yet they turn a blind eye to the 25 million Americans that go to bed hungry every night.

    • Harvey Torriti: In my experience, Russians are always late for meetings and early for defections.

    • McAuliffe: How do we know the KGB isn't one step ahead? You know, that they programmed Vishnevsky to hem and haw his way through the legend? Torriti: My nose didn't twitch.

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    Notes (5)

    • For this part, the series was nominated for an Emmy for "Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or Movie" and won an Emmy for "Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Original Dramatic Score)".

    • The first hour of this first night of the mini-series was shown commercial-free courtesy of Lincoln.

    • This production was filmed on location in Budapest, Hungary; Toronto, Canada and Anasco, Puerto Rico. • Toronto was used for Yale, New York, Washington, D.C. and Miami. • Budapest was used for the scenes in Hungary, Tel Aviv, Moscow, Berlin and Washington, D.C. • Anasco was used to film the Bay of Pigs invasion.

    • For this episode, the series was nominated for an Emmy for "Outstanding Special Visual Effects For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special".

    • Special thanks to Zodiac of North America Milpro Division.

    Allusions (6)

    • Woman: "How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice. "You must be," said the cat, "or you wouldn't have come here." This is a quote from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, chapter six, wherein Alice attempts a conversation with a disappearing Cheshire cat.

    • Harold Adrian Russell "Kim" Philby Although surrounded by fictional characters, Adrian Philby is loosely based on the MI6 intelligence agent who was part of the Cambridge Five. His dismissal from the British Embassy in America was not for being a mole, but for bad behavior. He was never officially caught, but defected to the Soviet Union in 1963 just before another interrogation, and died there in 1988.

    • Manuel Piniero: …"Woe unto that man by whom the son of man is betrayed, it had been good for that man if he had not been born." This verse is found in the Bible, Matthew 26:24. The full verse reads: "The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born."

    • Woman: "They're dreadfully fond of beheading people here; the great wonder is that there's anyone left alive!" Another quote from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. This time from Chapter Eight, "The Queen's Croquet Ground," where any player can lose his head for the slightest infraction.

    • Leo: As John Milton said, "They also serve who only stand and wait." This is a line from Milton's Sonnet 19, "On His Blindness." When I consider how my light is spent E're half my days, in this dark world and wide, And that one Talent which is death to hide, Lodg'd with me useless, though my Soul more bent To serve therewith my Maker, and present My true account, least he returning chide, Doth God exact day-labour, light deny'd, I fondly ask; But patience to prevent That murmur, soon replies, God doth not need Either man's work or his own gifts, who best Bear his milde yoak, they serve him best, his State Is Kingly. Thousands at his bidding speed And post o're Land and Ocean without rest: They also serve who only stand and waite.

    • Woman: "'Who am I then? Tell me that first, and then, if I like being that person, I'll come up: if not, then I'll stay down here till I'm somebody else.'" This quote, also from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, comes from chapter two, "The Pool of Tears."

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  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • The definitive espionage thriller

    By chriseternal, Jan 01, 2008

  • Very good show, original. Too bad it's only available for TNT viewers.

    By tvzouille, Aug 30, 2007

  • Is this the best TV show ever or what! I think it is until anyone convenes me otherwise.

    By RayedJ, Aug 22, 2007