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Damascus Cover (2017)

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A spy navigates the precarious terrain of love and survival during an undercover mission in Syria.


Daniel Zelik Berk


Daniel Zelik Berk (as Daniel Berk), Samantha Newton
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Credited cast:
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Ari Ben-Sion / Hans Hoffmann
Olivia Thirlby ... Kim
John Hurt ... Miki
Jürgen Prochnow ... Franz Ludin
Navid Negahban ... Sarraj
Tsahi Halevi ... Rami Elon
Wolf Kahler ... Colonel Ludwig Streicher
Igal Naor ... General Fuad
Selva Rasalingam ... Sabri
Neta Riskin ... Yael
Hamza Kadri ... Bellboy
Aki Avni ... Shaul
Shani Aviv ... Rachel
Anas El Baz ... Syrian Agent
Hassani Shapi ... Syrian Trade Minister


A spy navigates the precarious terrain of love and survival during an undercover mission in Syria.

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Plot Keywords:

spy | mossad | israel | west germany | syria | See All (9) »


His only weapon is his cover


Mystery | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 July 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Operación en Damasco See more »

Filming Locations:

Morocco See more »

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Cover Films See more »
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Based on the novel of the same name by Howard Kaplan. See more »


Despite taking place in 1989 there are modern cars in the backgrounds of several shots. See more »


Referenced in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 2 March 2018 (2018) See more »

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Bad script, bad cast, bad directing....
24 July 2018 | by BasicLogicSee all my reviews

This is a quite mediocre spy movie. I used to like this genre a lot and would have the keenest interest to see them through, but this film, well, right after about 15 minutes, I've already got bored, lost my interest and became awfully impatient to watch along. During the fifteen minutes, I've first found out that the casting job was terrible; Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who played the main role as an Israeli spy, was a terrible cast, I couldn't stand his swaggering walking and his faulty ridiculed way of speaking, trying to be a mixture of German and Israeli person. Then again, Olivia Thirlby, who played a USA Today journalist, shooting pictures of those Israeli weirdos around the Weeping Wall without any obvious reason. Then an absolutely weak and unconvincing chaos was so conveniently created and suddenly died down to offer the opportunity for her and JRM's acquaintance. What an awkward and terrible scenario that only a lousy screenplay would have crafted. Then finding and signing up lot of Middle Eastern actors with big hooked noses and demonic vicious faces to play the Syrians simply further turned me off right away.

It's such an one-dimensional and highly predictable film, extremely mediocre. The only thing that worths your time was to take a look at those exotic scenes of the Middle Eastern city and village views, which by the same token, we've already seen thousand times in other films, including those travel documentary films and magazines. I'd never recommend you to waste your precious time to watch this mediocre film.

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