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A Man Called Intrepid 

During World War II, a wealthy Canadian uses his own money to help the Allies form an espionage network.






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Series cast summary:
David Niven ...  Sir William Stephenson 3 episodes, 1979
Michael York ...  Evan Michaelian 3 episodes, 1979
Barbara Hershey ...  Madelaine 3 episodes, 1979
Paul Harding Paul Harding ...  Colonel Juergen 3 episodes, 1979
Flora Robson ...  Sister Luke 3 episodes, 1979
Peter Gilmore ...  Gubbins 3 episodes, 1979
Renée Asherson ...  Mrs. Wainwright 3 episodes, 1979
Nigel Stock ...  Winston Churchill 3 episodes, 1979
Ferdy Mayne ...  Alexander Korda 3 episodes, 1979
Gayle Hunnicutt ...  Cynthia 3 episodes, 1979
Shirley Steedman ...  Anna 3 episodes, 1979
Belinda Mayne Belinda Mayne ...  Deidra, girl on steps 3 episodes, 1979
Larry Reynolds ...  Nils Bohr 3 episodes, 1979
Joseph Golland Joseph Golland ...  Albert Einstein 3 episodes, 1979
Chris Wiggins Chris Wiggins ...  Heisenberg 3 episodes, 1979
Dick O'Neill ...  Bill Donovan 3 episodes, 1979
Ken James Ken James ...  J. Edgar Hoover 3 episodes, 1979
Shane Rimmer ...  Willoughby 3 episodes, 1979
Reg Lye ...  Newsvendor 3 episodes, 1979
Bruce Boa ...  Jump Master 3 episodes, 1979
Colin Fox ...  Acker 3 episodes, 1979
Leon Greene ...  Czech Resistance Leader 3 episodes, 1979
Brian Stirner ...  Ernst Mueller 3 episodes, 1979
Edward Dentith ...  Mr. Pointdexter 3 episodes, 1979
Paul Shelley Paul Shelley ...  Bo 3 episodes, 1979
David King David King 3 episodes, 1979
Joe Dunlop Joe Dunlop 3 episodes, 1979
John Quentin John Quentin 3 episodes, 1979
Sue Vanner Sue Vanner 3 episodes, 1979
Spencer Banks Spencer Banks 3 episodes, 1979
Jack McKenzie ...  2nd Clerck 3 episodes, 1979
Judy Wiles Judy Wiles 3 episodes, 1979
William Greaves William Greaves 3 episodes, 1979
Adrian Gibbs Adrian Gibbs 3 episodes, 1979
Roger Owen Roger Owen 3 episodes, 1979
Tony Stephens Tony Stephens 3 episodes, 1979
Chris Jenkinson Chris Jenkinson 3 episodes, 1979
Marianne Stone ...  Woman with Pistol 3 episodes, 1979
Lincoln Wright Lincoln Wright 3 episodes, 1979
John Alkin John Alkin ...  Pilot of Moon Plane 3 episodes, 1979
Ian De Voy Ian De Voy ...  Customs Officer 3 episodes, 1979
Hilary Farr ...  Ingrid 3 episodes, 1979
Robin Gammell ...  William Donovan 3 episodes, 1979
Dick Grant Dick Grant ...  Embassy Guard 3 episodes, 1979
Donald Pilon ...  Maitre'd 3 episodes, 1979
Andrew Semple Andrew Semple ...  Swedish Navy Officer 3 episodes, 1979
George Waring George Waring ...  German Naval Officer 3 episodes, 1979


A Man Called Intrepid tells for the first time the full story of British Security Co-ordination, the international allied intelligence agency of World War 2 whose work has been a closely guarded secret for the past sixty years. Accounts include top level wartime undercover operations including the breaking of the German Enigma code and the race for the atomic bomb. It is a gripping true story of extraordinary personal heroism and sacrifice in the face of war. Written by mahajanssen

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Release Date:

20 May 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un hombre llamado intrépido See more »

Filming Locations:

Mæl, Norway See more »


Box Office


CAD 6,000,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This mini-series was filmed as that and then re-cut into a two hour theatrical release version and as such exists as both a six hour mini-series and a two hour feature film. See more »

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Has also been edited into a single 120 minute movie. See more »

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Exciting with excellent acting
20 August 2010 | by OJTSee all my reviews

First of all I've got to say that I actually was an extra in this film back in 1979, as one of the passengers getting on the ferry before it was sunk. Really exciting, me being 12 years old, and half the local school was meeting both David Niven and Michael York. But the one actor really impressive in this film is Barbra Hershey.

Secondly I must say that this had a theatrically release in Norway, and on VHS video, where the film is no longer than 2 hours. But I understand the film was more of a TV-series in other countries. I still think it's wrong to say this is a TV-movie, because it wasn't only.

This story goes behind some of the important things happening during 2nd World War, and does not show how things really happened around in different places in Europe. But this film tells about some of the people doing the sabotage actions, and the people behind ordering and planning them.

I think this is very neatly done. The film has a really good pace, and you never tend to lose interest in what's going on. Some scenes are among those you cant forget. I see others also think so about the torture scene, where Hershey is the victim. We've seen torture in many films, but this is such great acting from Hershey. You really feel like you're undergoing her experiences, though hardly obviously.

Some of the world's greatest happenings during the 2nd World War is featured in the film, as the Enigma-turn of the war, and the last part of the reknown Heavy water sabotage in Rjukan in 1944, which made Hitler giving up his dream of getting the atomic bomb produced.

This is also the last of the good films from the great David Niven. The 5 films after this are easily forgotten. This film deserves a greater audience. If you get the chance, enjoy! So someone; get it out on DVD!

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