Code Name: Emerald (1985)

PG  |   |  Action, Drama, War  |  27 September 1985 (USA)
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In april 1944, an allied agent is sent to France in order to rescue an "overlord" captured by the Germans. (An "overlord" is one of the few men who knew the date and place of the "D" day). ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gus Lang
Jurgen Brausch
Walter Hoffman
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Claire Jouvet
Andy Wheeler
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George Mikell ...
Major Seltz
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Julie Jézéquel ...
Jasmine (as Julie Jezequel)


In april 1944, an allied agent is sent to France in order to rescue an "overlord" captured by the Germans. (An "overlord" is one of the few men who knew the date and place of the "D" day). To achieve this goal, he will be supported by a secret friend of the allies, a very important German officer and the French resistance. But the nazi SS is not resting... Written by Luis Carvacho <>

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The film is based on the novel "The Emerald Illusion" by Ronald Bass, who also wrote the screenplay for the film. See more »


When Ed Harris' character jumps out of the plane, he's wearing a green uniform. The camera cuts to a long shot of him descending with his parachute open. In that shot, the parachutist is wearing a white winter uniform. See more »

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Don't overlook this "Overlorder"
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"Code Name Emerald" is one of my favourite war films. Obviously it never actually happened (unless it's on one of those "not to opened until..." type files, which would be found to be empty at the designated date), but it could have. The depicted rehearsal for the landings did actually take place on the south coast of England, and was somewhat of a disaster, and in which there were quite a number of American GIs killed. If one "Overlorder" (i.e. someone familiar with the plans of the forthcoming D-Day landings, code name "Operation Overlord") had been captured at that time, imagine the panic of the top brass. Three years of meticulous planning gone up the Swanee.

In this movie one was, which is the basis of the story. The nasty Nazis have got their Teutonic hands on an Overlorder a certain young "Lootenant" Andy Wheeler (Eric Stoltz). The good guys have to either rescue him or kill him before he blabs. End of plot. But will poor Andy live or die? What could have become a "Boys Own" piece of hokum, turned out to be quite an interesting cleverly crafted movie, nicely underplayed by good experienced actors, with Ed Harris at the fore. War film critics of a purist nature will probably pick holes in it, and find mistakes all over the place, but I found none. Mind you, I enjoy the movie that much, I've probably never looked for any.

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