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The Impossible Spy 

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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Shea ... Elie Cohen
Eli Wallach ... Yacov
Sasson Gabai ... General Haled (as Sason Gabay)
Michal Bat-Adam ... Nadia Cohen
Rami Danon ... Avram
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)
Judith Millo Judith Millo ... Madame Massim
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)


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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israel | syria | israeli | 1960s | spy film | See All (10) »





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Release Date:

28 November 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El espía imposible See more »

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1.33 : 1
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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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The New Janson Media DVD Is Excellent
8 March 2006 | by hchertokSee all my reviews

This is an amazing true story about one of history's greatest spies. And, I love this new Janson Media DVD of "The Impossible Spy" because it includes many important "extras" such as critic's reviews, trailer, and an on-location report featuring behind-the- scenes interviews with the stars, John Shea and Eli Wallach, about what it is like to be a spy. Also, there's a very good photo gallery, star information, and a time-line of all the major Arab- Israel conflicts that led up to Elie Cohen's incredible mission, and how vital it was for the outcome of the June 1967 Six-Day War.

The story is exciting and compelling. It's about an Israeli agent who was sent to Syria, via Argentina, in the 1960's and was so successful in infiltrating the Syrian High Command, that he was nominated to be their Deputy Defense Minister--and 3rd in line for the Presidency. Unbelievable. And, all true.

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