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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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28 August 2016 | by blacorpSee all my reviews

It's strange that other foreign movies, much worst, are given the best marks

I found this movie very moving, and well documented. Indeed, it is a documentary.

Even on films, bias against Israel is obvious. I saw marks as high as 8.1 and 5 are given to horrible french movies, which are the worst in the film industry. French, besides naked and "object" women, have no imagination, and still they are given the best marks. Incredible.

The story of this Israeli spy is very informative of at which length would Israelis go to protect their citizens against vicious attacks from the neighboring Arabs. This movie renders with utmost reality the talent exercised by this Israeli spy to hiding his activities to his wife and whole family.

And his whole life as a spy is incredible because he didn't chose to be a spy and it was not his trade at all. That shows the love Israelis have for their tiny country due to the fact they endanger their own lives and the lives of their families, without a thought, to help their country. I believe this movie is very well directed and played, especially when we consider the size and the date of Israel's creation: 1948. There was nothing but sand and desert.

My marks for this movie is 8.5

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