A Call to Spy

2019

Biography / Drama / Thriller / War

5
IMDb Rating 5.4 10 124

Synopsis


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October 03, 2020 at 12:48 AM

Cast

Stana Katic as Vera Atkins
Laila Robins as Pirani
Linus Roache as Maurice Buckmaster
Rossif Sutherland as Dr. Chevain
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1.11 GB
1280*682
English 2.0
PG-13
23.976 fps
2 hr 4 min
P/S 173 / 250
2.29 GB
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English 5.1
PG-13
23.976 fps
2 hr 4 min
P/S 154 / 178

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by ops-52535 6 / 10

a very slow take on a chapter of the 2nd world war

Its a female take on the female operational duties made under the 2 nd world war. its a film about the start and excecution of female operative spies on the allied side, where some of them in cooperation with the resistance organisations had real great importance on the outcome of the war in france.

its a very slow plot, where the actors really speaks slow to make the playtime longer, and where the lack of typical warfare operations and manouvers are absent, i think the reason is to reach out to the female part of the audiences, less violence more viewers, but thats my guessing. its also a lack of information on where things happen, some dates and places are released, but overall what and where we are, are almost absent

what is really well done, are the production design and the very well done location settings to the era were in. also some of the acting are up to date, but none stands out as brilliant. its merely casted with b and c actors, some we've seen in worn out tv series but not many of them. also the direction of extras on the outdoor sets are blemish and not believable, take some rewinds and youll see for yourself.

but its a warhistoric feature film( made on a rigid budget, that tells a story not well known to the public) that everyone should see and learn from. its not extravagant but a recommendable watch thinks the grumpy old man.

Reviewed by ferguson-6 6 / 10

cuthbert is here

Greetings again from the darkness. Virginia Hall should be famous. Oh sure, history buffs know her name, but usually she's a blip in book or article about WWII. Director Lydia Dean Pilcher was Oscar nominated as Producer for the excellent CUTIE AND THE BOXER (2013), and here she serves up the first film featuring Virginia Hall and her contributions. Sarah Megan Thomas (EQUITY, 2016) wrote the screenplay and stars as Ms. Hall.

It's 1941 and the Nazis are dominating France. Winston Churchill creates a secret British Intelligence Organization calls Special Operations Executive (SOE). It's basically a group of spies in France with the purpose of undermining the Nazis. The group is run by Maurice Buckmaster (played by Linus Roache) and after very limited success, the decision is made to recruit women - the thought being they will be less likely to arouse suspicion and can more freely move about. This is really the story of three women, all outcasts in some form. American agent Virginia Hall (Sarah Megan Thomas) is one of the first female spies to go to France. British Muslim Noor Inayat Khan (Radhika Apte) is a highly skilled Air Force wireless operator (communications), and Vera Atkins (Stana Katic, "Castle") is a Jewish Romanian immigrant charged with recruiting women to the program. For those who enjoy trivia, Ms. Atkins also served as Ian Fleming's inspiration for Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond franchise.

Virginia Hall remarkably overcame her wooden leg ... an appendage she named "Cuthbert" ... and was rejected in her quest to become a US Diplomat. Noor faced down the stigma of being a dedicated pacifist - a difficult hurdle in the middle of a war. Vera Atkins was never able to be fully trusted by her co-workers due to her Jewish background. While we are exposed to the plights of each of these women, there is actually very little interaction between the three, which creates an unusual story structure. The bulk of the time goes to Virginia Hall, and that's understandable given her history, participation, and accomplishments. We witness how she excels in enlisting and inspiring citizens and volunteers to join the resistance, and creates multiple networks that impacted some many of the Allied troops.

An excruciating water torture scene occurs pre-opening credits, and then over the opening credits, director Pilcher slyly works in each of the key players. The concern over women during this era as Buckmaster is concerned the recruits "won't last a week". It would have been interesting if we were privy to a bit more of the training "in sabotage and subversion", but it's likely some of that training still occurs today; although the point is made clear that this was trial and error, with an emphasis on error.

The female spies were nicknamed the "Baker Street Irregulars", and they definitely accomplished their mission of changing the course of the war. Klaus Barbie (the Butcher of Lyon) is shown trying, and failing, to hunt down Virginia Hall, whose life was always in danger once she became known to the Nazis. And it's that danger that is the movie's Achilles. The sense of danger should be suffocating and relentless, and instead only pops up periodically here. The stories of these courageous folks must be told, but with that comes the ever-present danger they experienced. This is just a bit too much to overlook.

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