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Garbo: El espía (2009)

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A compelling account of Juan Pujol, an extraordinary Spanish double agent during WWII who helped change the course of history.


Edmon Roch
4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Rupert Allason Rupert Allason ... Interviewee (as Nigel West)
José Antonio Escoriza José Antonio Escoriza ... Interviewee
Aline Griffith Aline Griffith ... Interviewee
Juan Kreisler Juan Kreisler ... Interviewee
Joan Pujol Joan Pujol ... Himself (archive footage)
Joan Miquel Pujol Joan Miquel Pujol ... Interviewee
Mark Seaman Mark Seaman ... Interviewee
Xavier Vinader Xavier Vinader ... Interviewee
Stan Vranckx Stan Vranckx ... Himself - Interviewee


A compelling account of Juan Pujol, an extraordinary Spanish double agent during WWII who helped change the course of history.

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world war two | See All (1) »


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English | Catalan | Spanish

Release Date:

18 November 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Garbo, a kém See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,593, 20 November 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$28,195, 29 January 2012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Black and White (archive footage)| Color (35 mm version)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Great story, less than great documentary
7 March 2013 | by poikkeusSee all my reviews

This story is one of the more memorable footnotes to World War II - the tale of Joan Pujol Garcia, a man who ends up being a double-agent during a pivotal moment in history. And his appearance on the world stage couldn't be more important: his counterintelligence was designed to undermine the D-Day invasion.

It's obviously not a big-budget documentary, but uses a variety of talkies and newsreel footage to round out the story. The cast of interviewees is relatively small; and the inclusion of inappropriate (or confusing) sound effects and garbled film editing makes for a less than compelling story. The story itself was the most memorable segment in Ben Macintre's Operation Zigzag, and the film's running length of 88 minutes suggests that the filmmaker had run out of material. If only he'd read Macintire's book first.

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