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Allied (2016)

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In 1942, a Canadian intelligence officer in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war.

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Vincent Ebrahim ...
Driver in Desert
Xavier De Guillebon ...
Claude
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Monique
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German Officer at Anfa Café
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Vincent (as Vincent La Torre)
Fleur Poad ...
Hobar's Secretary
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Hobar
Miryam Hayward ...
Moroccan Girl
Iselle Rifat ...
Moroccan Girl
Aysha Kanayo ...
Moroccan Girl
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German Ambassador
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George Kavanagh
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Margaret
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In the middle of World War II, in turbulent 1942, a plane flies over Morocco and drops a Royal Canadian Air Force paratrooper who comes in to land on a drop zone, somewhere in the desert dunes outside Casablanca. Just in time before anyone notices him, the fearless Wing Commander Max Vatan gets in a car and heads to the town with orders to meet Parisian Marianne Beauséjour, a skillful member of the French Resistance. On a mission to assassinate the German Ambassador in Casablanca, the two operatives must convince every one of their true feelings as a married couple, while in the background, they need to make the necessary preparations for the critical soirée. Without delay, after the success of this suicide mission, Max and Marianne flee together to England with plans on marrying and making a family, regardless of the war. Instead, heavy clouds of distrust and suspicion threaten their relationship, when Max receives a call from the Secret Service Division to inform him that his ... Written by Nick Riganas

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Deception is an art. Truth is a test. Is love a lie? See more »


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Rated R for violence, some sexuality/nudity, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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23 November 2016 (USA)  »

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$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,701,743 (USA) (25 November 2016)

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$40,069,087 (USA) (20 January 2017)
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The remains of the German bomber in the park is that of a He-177. See more »

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The British Colonel states that the traitor has to be executed immediately by the hand of her husband. Yet, when he is arguing with Max in front of the airplane Max just tried to steal, he bitterly complains that Max should not have killed the German spy network ("we could have interrogated them," he says). The same would apply to Marianne: she has much to say. Incidentally, during World War II, the British routinely "turned" all agents they captured on British soil. Those who refused to cooperate were either executed or imprisoned. See more »

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S.O.E. Official: Commander, tell me about your wife.
Max Vatan: We met at Casablanca, where together we assassinated the German ambassador. She's a mother of my child.
S.O.E. Official: We believe your wife is a double agent.
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Crazy Credits

As the opening title of "Allied" fades to black, the three middle letters reading "lie" remain on-screen for just a moment longer. Blink and you'll miss it. See more »

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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 12 December 2016 (2016) See more »

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Concerto For Clarinet
Written by Artie Shaw
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Classy story of war, spying, love and family
1 December 2016 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

A Franco/Canadian secret mission is an unusual twist for a WWII story. This and the setting of the first part of "Allied" reminded me of "The English Patient". Canadian Max (Pitt) is sent to Casablanca for a dangerous mission. Marianne (Cotillard) is the French agent already in place to help him.

Out of the desert and in London, "Allied" moves into a different territory, albeit still with plenty of style. Max and Marianne's wartime romance in exotic settings turns into a real family, but doubts arise about Marianne's identity.

London during the war as the main setting for two thirds of the movie looked very realistic. I did not mind what could be the historical inaccuracy of the Blitz, because the bombing added a layer of drama to the story.

I particularly liked the scene during the party, with Sing, Sing Sing playing in the background. It is a slightly menacing tune and it complemented perfectly the atmosphere of tension, suspicion and slight desperation.

Even if I have never been a Brad Pitt fan, he did a good job playing quiet Max, a man of a few words who sees his new world disintegrating. One can easily imagine him as a long-term bachelor falling for the beautiful, brave French partisan. Cotillard was also convincing as the ambiguous "femme fatale". Contrary to what some reviewers wrote, plenty of chemistry between the two, but also tenderness.

If you like movies with a solid plot, linear storytelling, believable characters, difficult choices, great costumes and soundtrack, then you should like this.

P.S. couple of remarks: Pitt's French was not the best and no way he could have passed for Parisian, but that did not bother me too much. The final scene is a couple of minutes too long, but again, not a major problem. However, what a relief to follow a good plot without the zig- zagging in time, overused but often useless editing style.


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