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Spies of Warsaw (2012)(Blu-ray)

David Tennant (Doctor Who) and Janet Montgomery (Entourage) star in this adaptation of Alan Furst's celebrated spy novel set in Poland, Paris and Berlin in the years leading up to the Second World War. At the french embassy in Warsaw, the new military attaché, Colonel Jean-Francois Mercier (Tennant), is drawn into a world of abduction, betrayal and intrigue in the diplomatic salons and back alleys of the city. At the same time, the handsome aristocrat is involved in a passionate love affair with a Parisian woman of Polish heritage (Montgomery), a lawyer for the League of Nations. Risking his life, Mercier works in the shadows amid a remarkable cast of characters, some known to him as spies, some never to be revealed. It is a city where people drink and fight and spy and love, because no one knows what tomorrow will bring.

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 16, 2013
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B5AAW2U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,467 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I finally had an evening to devote to watching Spies of Warsaw (via imported discs from the UK). I found it very absorbing -- exciting, romantic, and tragic.

I know a bit about WW2 history but I'm not familiar with the novel the film is based on. I had recently read Prague Winter by Madeleine Albright, and I knew people with numbers on their arms from the old days, so I knew something of the era and events.

As a suspense piece I really enjoyed this movie. I had no idea what would happen next to the individual characters and I was completely drawn into following their various fates. As a period piece, it felt authentic in terms of clothing and attitudes. As a romance, it's credible and moving. The only problem I see with it as a drama is that there are a large number of characters and it's a bit difficult to sort them all out at first, but once the story gets moving, it all comes together. It's not some crummy superhero action movie, so people looking for CGI stunts and spandex may not care for it, but I would recommend it to anybody who likes romance, historical war stories and serious adult drama.
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If you are looking for understated acting, excellent location filming, and a challenging plot, this is for you. Right up front I will admit to owning all of Alan Furst's novels in hardback, and I flat like his writing, especially the pre WWII time period. I will, at some risk of reputation, put this in the same league as the original SMILEY'S or SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD. This is based on, not an exact copy of, the novel SPIES OF WARSAW and in my view is a good choice for the first of Furst's novels to be filmed. True to most, if not all, movie adaptations, it does drift from the book a bit, and, truth be told, if you have not read Furst it may take you more than one viewing to pick up the nuance of this story. Some of the subplots are not clearly developed and minor characters are somewhat cardboard. This is a "feet up, drink in hand" rainly afternoon show, and well worth it. Enjoy.
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A very good movie, a well done period piece. David Tennant is excellant in this movie. DT usally plays most parts with a little quarkiness, but not this time, he plays this part as a streight dramatic part. The movie plays the period before WW11 Europe just perfect. This was really a end of a era for the world. The spy parts were done very well because thay stayed in the shadows and were not the James Bond's types but the ordinary down to earth type's that blended in. I expecially liked where they showed the James Phillbee chareture who was a real life russian spy in the british secret service until he was discovered in the 60's. The Polish locations are beautiful and the old town of Warsaw is wonderful and a testament to the spirit of the polish people who restored Warsaw right after the war which had been distroyed. The polish actors are great in this film. If their is any conplaint, it is the ending, the film did not go far enough. I did like the love story between David and Janet montgomery but I think they could have done more with it. Now I want to say how amazing Amazon is, I pre-ordered this DVD and it was released today April 16, and I received it at 2:00 P.M. my time, great service, great products, thank you Amazon.
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The period between WWI and WWII has been explored countless times in movies in just about every genre from musicals to "The Grapes of Wrath."
Seldom, however, has there been an effort to explore the darker side of international intrigue during those two decades. This is not to say there haven't been spy movies that focus on that period but many of them were over-the-top melodrama and those that weren't were often thinly disguised propaganda films.
"Spies of Warsaw" is neither. It is too stylish to be considered gritty but it admirably conveys the shadowy world of spy vs. spy at a period in the world's history when most of the populations of Europe and the Americas preferred not to think of the growing threat of fascism. Horrified by the industrial-strength slaughter of World War I, the majority of people on both continents wanted nothing more than "peace in our time" and were willing to sacrifice just about anything - including the sovereignty of small nations - to have it.
There were some, however, who read the tea leaves and worked diligently to prepare their countries for what they were certain would be a war that would be even more horrific than WWI. "Spies of Warsaw" tells the story of French intelligence officer Colonel Jean-François Mercier, a hero of both the First World War and the all-but-ignored attempt by the fledgling Soviet Union to annex Poland. Mercier, a cavalry officer, fought with the Poles to beat back the Soviets and winds up being posted to Warsaw as a military attache. His real job, however, is to run the French embassy's intelligence network; a task he undertakes with ruthless efficiency. It is in the role that he meets the beautiful lawyer Anna Skarbek.
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The story is very well portrayed in the period, all costumes and environment evidently well researched and the slow pace captivating.

The spies are real people with real missions, so if you are expecting cars exploding and that sort of stuff you're not going to find it here. I think it lacks in suspense a little and that's why I rated it 4 stars.

David Tennant can read the breakfast menu and still do a great job. He plays a somber yet sexy spy and it always amazes me how he can change with every character he plays.

I enjoyed it and looked forward to the second part after the first one was over (saw it when it first aired in the UK). I must admit I didn't read the book so I don't have the usual "the book was better" comment to make.

Overall, if you are a Tennant fan, it is absolutely a good show to see, he performs as usual and looks absolutely wonderful as Jean Mercier.
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