It is May 1944, two weeks before D-day. Britain stands poised for the long-awaited invasion of France - thousands of troops wait anxiously for the orders to come for embarkation. MI5 is ... See full summary »

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Mr. Maggs
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Dennis
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Meadows
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Major Sykes
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Lieutenant Hipwell
Bradley Lavelle ...
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It is May 1944, two weeks before D-day. Britain stands poised for the long-awaited invasion of France - thousands of troops wait anxiously for the orders to come for embarkation. MI5 is horrified to discover the top-secret codewords for the invasion suddenly appearing as clues in the Daily Telegraph crossword. Two agents are immediately dispatched to confront the culprit, the headmaster of a boys' school in southern England. Written by GusF

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13 June 1991 (USA)  »

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Based on true events - ish
8 November 2004 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

This drama echoes the true story of Leonard Dawe, a Surrey schoolmaster who compiled cross words for the Daily Telegraph and unwittingly used codewords such as Juno and Overlord as answers in the run up to D-Day, unsurprisingly attracting the attentions of MI5. Telling the fictionalised story from the point of view of the schoolboys, the film evokes the period wonderfully and the denouement is fantastically poignant and has stayed with me for the past fifteen years - surely the mark of a good production (though admittedly I couldn't remember what it was called and only found this entry today after a concerted web search - hence I came to write the entry by way of celebration!)


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