In 1942, a Canadian intelligence officer in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war.

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Driver in Desert
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Claude
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Monique
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German Officer at Anfa Café
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Vincent
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Hobar
Fleur Poad ...
Hobar's Secretary
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Moroccan Girl
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Moroccan Girl
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German Ambassador
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George Kavanagh
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In the middle of World War II, in turbulent 1942, a plane flies over Morocco and drops a Royal Canadian Air Force paratrooper who comes in to land on a drop zone, somewhere in the desert dunes outside Casablanca. Just in time before anyone notices him, the fearless Wing Commander Max Vatan gets in a car and heads to the town with orders to meet Parisian Marianne Beauséjour, a skillful member of the French Resistance. On a mission to assassinate the German Ambassador in Casablanca, the two operatives must convince every one of their true feelings as a married couple, while in the background, they need to make the necessary preparations for the critical soirée. Without delay, after the success of this suicide mission, Max and Marianne flee together to England with plans on marrying and making a family, regardless of the war. Instead, heavy clouds of distrust and suspicion threaten their relationship, when Max receives a call from the Secret Service Division to inform him that his ... Written by Nick Riganas

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Rated R for violence, some sexuality/nudity, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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$85,000,000 (estimated)

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$12,701,743 (USA) (25 November 2016)

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$39,804,381 (USA) (6 January 2017)
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Only the third Robert Zemeckis film to carry an R rating; the first two being "Used Cars" (1980) and "Flight" (2012). See more »

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During the house party the curtains were open and the doors open to the back garden. This would contravene the wartime blackout regulations. See more »

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Marianne Beausejour: Je t'aime, Québécois.
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References Now, Voyager (1942) See more »

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Better than I Expected
27 November 2016 | by (Taos, New Mexico) – See all my reviews

You may have seen the preview for this movie; I would say that that does not fully prepare you for the actual movie. It is a movie that will appeal to adults, both men and women, and it includes romance, sacrifice, and plenty of action and spy hi jinks.

A very good script, with some great plot turns, and superior acting from both Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt in complex, challenging roles. My favorite bit: when they make love in a car in the Moroccan desert with a sandstorm going on all around them. It is a good metaphor for their love story in the midst of the great chaos of World War II. And it has a realistic feel, for the most part--for the sets in Casablanca (some good homage to the Bogart film, I would say also some Brando homage in parts of Pitt's performance), and the time back in the UK (second favorite bit is during a party in London). One does get the sense of the all-out effort demanded to win the war, something we do well to commemorate in these days when the last veterans of that most epic event in history are at death's door.

It is a Zemeckis film, from the school of film-making of Steven Spielberg, and that means your emotions are subject to the whim and whimsy of the director's manipulation. Sometimes you are aware of that, but oftentimes you are not, and that makes it better (than, say, Forrest Gump).

I will take the movie as a whole and suggest Oscar nominations for original screenplay and both leading roles.


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