6.6/10
9,062
122 user 14 critic

The Angel (2018)

TV-MA | | Drama, Thriller | 14 September 2018 (USA)
Trailer
1:52 | Trailer
Based on NYT bestselling book 'The Angel: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel' by Uri Bar-Joseph.

Director:

Ariel Vromen

Writers:

David Arata, Uri Bar-Joseph (based on the novel by)
Reviews
Popularity
2,845 ( 266)

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A team of secret agents set out to track down the Nazi officer who masterminded the Holocaust.

Director: Chris Weitz
Stars: Oscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley, Mélanie Laurent
Drama | History | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Israel's Mossad agents attempt to rescue Ethiopian Jewish refugees in Sudan in 1979.

Director: Gideon Raff
Stars: Mbulelo Grootboom, Sizo Mahlangu, Michael Kenneth Williams
Documentary | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Ambitious historian unmasks the worlds greatest spy, setting in motion the events leading to his mysterious death.

Director: Tom Meadmore
Stars: Henry Kissinger, Moshe Dayan, Anwar Sadat
The Spy (2019)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Based on the life of the Israeli spy, Eli Cohen.

Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Hadar Ratzon Rotem, Yael Eitan
Action | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Irish Commandant Pat Quinlan leads a stand off with troops against French and Belgian Mercenaries in the Congo during the early 1960s.

Director: Richie Smyth
Stars: Richard Lukunku, Danny Sapani, Andrew Stock
Biography | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, banker brothers Walraven and Gijs van Hall face their greatest challenge yet when they decide to help fund the Dutch resistance.

Director: Joram Lürsen
Stars: Jacob Derwig, Barry Atsma, Fockeline Ouwerkerk
6 Days I (2017)
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In April 1980, armed gunmen stormed the Iranian Embassy in Princes Gate, London and took all inside hostage. Over the next six days a tense standoff took place, all the while a group of ... See full summary »

Director: Toa Fraser
Stars: Jamie Bell, Mark Strong, Abbie Cornish
Beirut (2018)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Caught in the crossfires of civil war, CIA operatives must send a former U.S. diplomat to negotiate for the life of a friend he left behind.

Director: Brad Anderson
Stars: Jon Hamm, Jay Potter, Khalid Benchagra
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The untold true story of the legendary detectives who brought down Bonnie and Clyde.

Director: John Lee Hancock
Stars: Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson, Kathy Bates
Sand Castle (2017)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The story follows a young soldier, and his introduction into the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Based on true events, it bears witness to the destruction, and horrors of war.

Director: Fernando Coimbra
Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Logan Marshall-Green, Henry Cavill
22 July (2018)
Crime | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A three-part story of Norway's worst terrorist attack in which over seventy people were killed. 22 July looks at the disaster itself, the survivors, Norway's political system and the lawyers who worked on this horrific case.

Director: Paul Greengrass
Stars: Anders Danielsen Lie, Jonas Strand Gravli, Jon Øigarden
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

For years the Mossad, Israel's legendary foreign intelligence agency, has been sealed off to the media. Now, for the first time since its founding, a dozen of Mossad's former spies give us ... See full summary »

Stars: Yossi Alpher, Ram Ben Barak, Gad Shimron
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Marwan Kenzari ... Ashraf Marwan
Toby Kebbell ... Danny Ben Aroya
Waleed Zuaiter ... Gamal Abdel Nasser
Hannah Ware ... Diana Ellis
Sapir Azulay ... Souad
Sasson Gabai ... Anwar Sadat
Ori Pfeffer ... Zvi Zamir
Maisa Abd Elhadi ... Mona Marwan
Tsahi Halevi ... Gadaffi
Oliver Trevena ... Mario
Atanas Srebrev ... Chemistry Professor
Ralitsa Paskaleva ... Mossad Agent
Karl Farrer ... Israeli Ambassador
Slimane Dazi ... Sami Sharaf
Bern Collaço ... Hotel Guest
Edit

Storyline

True story of Ashraf Marwan, who was President Nasser's son-in-law and special adviser and confidant to his successor Anwar Sadat - while simultaneously Israeli Intelligence's most precious asset of the 20th century. Based on NYT bestselling book 'The Angel: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel' by Uri Bar-Joseph.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on true story | See All (1) »

Taglines:

In the shadow of war, one man fought for peace.

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Israel | USA

Language:

English | Arabic | Hebrew | Italian

Release Date:

14 September 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Angel See more »

Filming Locations:

Morocco See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In a pub scene when Marwan leaves a meeting with Danny ("Alex"), a writing can be seen "Beware of little expenses, a small leak will sink a great ship". See more »

Goofs

The business aircraft Ashraf Marwan is flying on from the Arab Republic of Egypt is a Gulfstream IV. The time period is 1970 and the Gulfsteam IV didn't go into production until 1985. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ashraf Marwan: [narrating] 1967. The Summer of Love. But can the idea of love and peace really bring about change to a world living on the edge of war? In the Middle East, long-simmering tensions are about to burst into flames.
See more »

Soundtracks

Rarnati Bad Phone
Written by Azeddine Diani & Pat Jabbar
Performed by Kasbah Rockers feat. Shayma
Courtesy of Barraka El Farnatshi Prod.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
So many plot holes
26 September 2018 | by Claudia-JeanSee all my reviews

Subject: 10/10; Film execution: 3/10

Ashraf Marwan is so-called the greatest asset for Israel as a spy in the 20th century. The film, however, failed to address the two central questions and thereby did not get viewers engaged emotionally.

The questions are (1) who Ashraf Marwan was (i.e. what brought him up to such a high ranking position even after his father-in-law President Nasser passed away); and (2) what his motivation as a spy was (i.e. why his patriot drive forces were not fulfilled within the Egyptian Presidential Office.) The biggest problem for me is the true reason why Marwan leaked critical information about war prep from his country to the enemy. The film seemingly described him like a peacemaker, but the leak served for only Israel's interests and caused damages on Egypt's side, from my viewpoint.

In order to fully illustrate the true story of Marwan, the film should've more deeply told about prolonged political tensions and dynamics between the Arab League and Israel, and more importantly described how Marwan made moves under the situation. Without explaining political efforts made by both sides, Marwan in this film looks merely like a betrayal idiot desperately in need of money.

Rather, the producers allocated more time to focus on soap opera-ish family matters and personal relationship between Marwan and his handler from the Israel Mossad. Such unstructured screenwriting and directing are everywhere in this film and derailed me from the main theme. So while watching I was frequently forced to google the Yom Kippur War in the 1970s as well as key players. And then I learned that the film ruined the original novel written by a political science professor. Although I only skimmed the novel, it is very informative yet intriguing and easy to understand in a politically neutral way.

This film could've been better if directed by someone else and made as a TV mini series, not a 2-hour film. Poor acting - which some other reviewers have already pointed out - is not mainly due to lack of acting skills or low budget, but inevitable due to shallow cheesy screenwriting with multiple plot holes. Still it may be worthwhile for those who are interested in but not so familiar with the history of the Middle East. At least for me it became a good start to further research for myself.


45 of 59 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 122 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed