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The Impossible Spy (1987)

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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Jim Goddard
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John Shea ... Elie Cohen
Eli Wallach ... Yacov
Sasson Gabai ... General Haled (as Sason Gabay)
Michal Bat-Adam ... Nadia Cohen
Rami Danon ... Avram
Chaim Jeraffi Chaim Jeraffi ... Salloum (as Haim Girafi)
Jacques Cohen ... Assan (as Jack Cohen)
Anat Barzilai ... Galela (as Anat Barzilay)
Yossi Keinan Yossi Keinan ... Nassim (as Yossi Kenan)
Yehudit Millo Yehudit Millo ... Madame Massim (as Judith Millo)
Victor Kamar Victor Kamar ... Major Massim
Fahami Shishtawi Fahami Shishtawi ... Syrian Border Captain
Shlomo Sadan Shlomo Sadan ... Syrian Colonel
Jonathan Cherchi Jonathan Cherchi ... Syrian Radio Operator
Yitzhak Aloni Yitzhak Aloni ... Mossad Radio Operator (as Itzhak Aloni)
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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 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 <markh@nstl.com>

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Yacov: From now on, you will lead two lives; husband and secret agent. You will be trained in the methods of The Mossad; infiltration, observation, communication and how to survive.
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A lukewarm telling of a true spy story.
2 July 2001 | by =G=See all my reviews

"The Impossible Spy" is a so-so spy flick and docudrama which tells of renowned Israeli spy Eli Cohen and his penetration of the Syrian government in the years prior to the Six Days War. The film has the look of a low budget indie and, though it's well meaning and earnest, it is not a very elegant flick. Furthermore, much of the story seems too obvious to be real spy stuff which probably just means it's true. Recommended for those into spy flicks or the history of the Syrian/Israel conflict of the 1960's.


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Official Sites:

Janson Media

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Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El espía imposible See more »

Filming Locations:

Israel

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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