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A young woman finds out that her mother worked as a spy for the British Secret Service during World War II and has been on the run ever since.

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Edward Hall

Writer:

William Boyd (by)
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Hayley Atwell ... Eva Delectorskaya
Rufus Sewell ... Lucas Romer
Michelle Dockery ... Ruth Gilmartin
Michael Gambon ... Lord Romer
Charlotte Rampling ... Sally Gilmartin
Thekla Reuten ... Sylvia Rhys Meyers
Adrian Scarborough ... Morris Devereux
Bertie Carvel ... Mason Harding
Bernhard Schir Bernhard Schir ... Bobby von Arnim
Alexander Fehling ... Karl-Heinz
Kevin Guthrie ... Alfie Blytheswood
Tom Brooke ... Angus Woolf
Anthony Calf ... Gerald Laird
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marius Botha Marius Botha ... Dutch Agent
David Butler David Butler ... Keegan-Vale
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Storyline

1976:- Ruth Gilmartin visits her mother Sally in rural Cambridgeshire and is amazed to learn she is a Russian refugee born Eva Delectorskaya, recruited as a spy by the British in 1939. After narrowly escaping death in the Netherlands Eva is sent to America to seduce the married Mason Harding, an adviser to the president, to find out if the Americans intend joining the war, a mission she successfully accomplishes. However a second assignment is to supply a map to American agents supposedly outlining a planned German invasion of the States but Eva spots errors in the map, informing her spy master and lover Lucas Romer and other colleagues. Though the map fools the president Eva survives an attempt to kill her and, as her fellow spies die one by one,is convinced she was betrayed. Even in the 1970s, years after the event, she believes her life is in danger and shocks Ruth by buying a shotgun for her protection. She gets Ruth to contact Romer, posing as a journalist interested in wartime ... Written by comma space

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UK | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 2015 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A múlt árnyékában See more »

Filming Locations:

UK See more »

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Runtime:

(2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Early on when Eva is in training she recites all the American states and their capital cities. Hawaii is included even though it wasn't a state in 1939. See more »

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As Good As It Gets
22 August 2016 | by Derek117See all my reviews

I just stumbled across this film on iTunes on a lazy Sunday, and have been jumping for joy! I love "thinking" spy thrillers--films like The Ipcress Files, Funeral In Berlin, The Night Manager, Homeland, and even Turn: Washington's Spies--and Restless ranks right up there with the best. The plot is intelligent without being too complex, the directing was spot-on (I particularly liked the cutting back-and-forth between time periods at the end of the first part of this two-part mini), and the period clothes, cars and interiors are right up there with The Man in the High Castle. Oh and the acting by this cast of Brits, should make U.S. actors want to go back to school. And I can't say enough about Hayley Atwell's performance: incredible! Plus, with her generous curves, she was made for 1940s films. All around excellent film. Find it on DVD or iTunes and watch it--and then watch it again. You won't be disappointed.


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