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The Impossible Spy (1987)

TV Movie  |   |  Biography, Drama, Thriller  |  28 November 1987 (USA)
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Young Israeli husband Eli Cohen is recruited by the Mossad in the early 1960's and sent to Syria. Telling his wife he has a new job that requires extensive business travel, he takes up ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elie Cohen
General Haled
Michal Bat-Adam ...
Nadia Cohen
Rami Danon ...
Salloum (as Haim Girafi)
Jacques Cohen ...
Assan (as Jack Cohen)
Anat Barzilai ...
Galela (as Anat Barzilay)
Yossi Kenan ...
Judith Millo ...
Madame Massim
Victor Kamar ...
Major Massim
Fahami Shishtawi ...
Syrian Border Captain
Shlomo Sadan ...
Syrian Colonel
Jonathan Cherchi ...
Syrian Radio Operator
Yitzhak Aloni ...
Mossad Radio Operator (as Itzhak Aloni)


Young Israeli husband Eli Cohen is recruited by the Mossad in the early 1960's and sent to Syria. Telling his wife he has a new job that requires extensive business travel, he takes up residence in Syria, where he befriends a high-ranking Syrian government official and provides invaluable information to Israel. On a visit home, his wife pleads with him to leave his job so he can be home more, and his handler tells him he has accomplished enough, but he decides to return to Syria one last time. One day he learns of an attack on a kibbutz scheduled for that night; he abandons normal precautions in order to warn Israel as quickly as possible, and is caught. Written by Mark Hettler <>

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Not quiet reaches the heights
3 October 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Impossible Spy is a BBC co-production and was deemed to be controversial at the time of its showing.

John Shea plays Eli Cohen who infiltrates the Syrian government and manages to acquire secrets and military intelligence which eventually allows Israel to win the six day war and take over the Golan Heights.

Eli Wallach plays the Mossad handler. Both leads are earnest and for a BBC TV film very different from its usual subject matter.

It can be seen to be slow and slightly heavy going. Its of course rather one sided hence the controversy as it was seen to have had Israeli biased.

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