Impossible Spy, The 1987 NR CC

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This is the true story of an Israeli civilian Eli Cohen who was recruited into Israel's Secret Intelligence Agency to become a spy in Damascus and who became Israel's national hero.

Starring:
John Shea, Eli Wallach
Runtime:
1 hour, 29 minutes

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Impossible Spy, The

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Jim Goddard
Starring John Shea, Eli Wallach
Supporting actors Sasson Gabai, Michal Bat-Adam, Rami Danon, Chaim Girafi, Jacques Cohen, Anat Barzilai, Yossi Kenan, Judith Millo, Victor Kamar, Fahami Shishtawi, Shlomo Sadan, Jonathan Cherchi, Yitzhak Aloni, Assi Hanegbi, Wahabi Hasson, Shmuel Shiloh, Ahuva Keren, Hamdi El-Asmar
Studio Janson Media
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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We like this kind of movie.
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The story of a true hero who sacrificed his life so that Israel could survive.
Marcus Aurelias
Good story, screenplay, and acting.
Hugh Sincock

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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By h. harwich on March 8, 2006
Format: DVD
This is an amazing true story about one of history's greatest spies. And, I love this new Janson Media DVD (Collector's Edition) of "The Impossible Spy" because it includes many important "extras" such as critic's reviews, trailer, and an on-location report featuring behind-the-scenes interviews with the stars, John Shea and Eli Wallach about what it is like to be a spy. Also, there's a very good photo gallery, star
filmographies, and a time-line of all the major Arab-Israel conflicts that led up to Elie Cohen's incredible mission, and how vital it was for the outcome of the June 1967 Six-Day War.

The story is exciting and compelling. It's about an Israeli agent who was sent to Syria, via Argentina, in the 1960's and was so successful in infiltrating the Syrian High Command, that he was nominated to be their Deputy Defense Minister--and 3rd in line for the Presidency. Unbelievable. And, all true.

Also, this new Janson Media DVD looks great when used with a video projector onto a large screen.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Spymaster on April 24, 2006
Format: DVD
They say truth is stranger than fiction...and the saying holds for this amazing story about an Israeli secret agent who penetrated the top levels of the Syrian government.

As the U.S. government debates the value of human intelligence vs. whatever they collect from calls, email, etc., this story demonstrates what one well-placed spy can do. Check it out.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Freedom Fighter on April 22, 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a video enactment of the true story of the famous Israeli spy, Elie Cohen, who was reluctantly recruited by the Mossad to infiltrate the Syrian High Command. He successfully did so by befriending and subsidizing (with Israeli government money) the the then outlawed Baath Party of Syria. He made his first contact with a Baath Party representative in Argentina. When the Baath Party eventually came to power in Syria, Elie Cohen followed. Being Syrian born, and raised in Egypt, this devout Jew, fluent in Arabic and at least four other languages, rose from a job as a lowly accountant at a grocery chain, to nearly become the deputy minister of defense in Syria. Before being discovered, probably because of his false overconfidence in transmitting Morse code messages to Tel Aviv, he became, and still is, one of the most celebrated human intelligence figures in world history. The information he provided was instrumental in the astonishing victory by Israel in the Six Day War.

Highly recommended for those interested in middle east politics and espionage.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Gabriel Fisher on June 3, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Eli Cohen is an unlikely Israeli Spy - With his cover of as an Egyptian furniture salesman he penetrates to the highest levels of the Baath party in Syria for the Mossad before the 6 day war launched by Israel. He tours the Golan Heights making mental notes of bunkers (usually located under trees for shade). Passing on of all this information gave the Israeli's stategic advantage in the '67 war as they knocked out Syria's Golan defenses. Did Cohen finally get out? Thus the added suspense of how it all ends. Anyone with any interest in Israel or mid east policy must see this film. It is an incredible true story.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By h. harwich on December 15, 1999
Format: DVD
This is an amazing true story about one of history's greatest spies. And, I love the new Janson Media DVD
(Collector's Edition) of "The Impossible Spy" because it includes many important "extras" such as critic's reviews,
trailer, and an on-location report featuring behind-the-scenes interviews with the stars, John Shea and Eli Wallach about what it is like to be a spy. Also, there's a very good photo gallery, star filmographies, and a time-line of all
the major Arab-Israel conflicts that led up to Elie Cohen's incredible mission, and how vital it was for the outcome of the June 1967 Six-Day War.

The story is exciting and compelling. It's about an Israeli agent who was sent to Syria, via Argentina, in the 1960's and was so successful in infiltrating the Syrian High Command, that he was nominated to be their Deputy Defense Minister--and 3rd in line for the Presidency. Unbelievable. And, all true.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Fredrick L. Murphy on December 21, 2009
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This video has somewhat B-rated quality, but it's very old (& says it was made for British TV or something)so you aren't going to get the greatest quality. It starts out with hokey film-tactics, but then gets better.

The generic content/story is very good....gives you some perspectives about how others work at their jobs & contribute to society around you and do things so that "the rest of us can go on with life as normal as possible." This is a pretty clean movie from what we noticed the first time watching it, safe for families & individuals in a general way. This is not a religious theme movie at all, outside of the generic theme of Land being a homeland to the Israelite people.

This is an enjoyable film, based on a true story, and helps you understand some of the pressures that countries & their defense departments/agents must go thru. Also, the "human side" of a relationship between opposing sides is presented --the immovable difference between an Arab & an Israelite who are competing for the same piece of Land. Men are seen developing "mutual" respect and certain feelings of "friendship" towards each other. It's a sad thing that men must fight, indeed.

My family enjoys historical films that show more and more puzzle pieces about the Land of Israel and the people of Israel. This film focuses on the Syrian-Israeli conflict, through the life of a new spy. The newly inducted spy incidentally makes choices that destroy his marriage due to "practical abandonment" you might say -without the wife having any inkling of this being the chosen path. Personally i believe there's a difference between a man who joins the army, then gets married with his wife understanding the ups & downs of an army marriage beforehand ....
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