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A Man Called Intrepid 

During World War II, a wealthy Canadian uses his own money to help the Allies form an espionage network.
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Series cast summary:
David Niven ...  Sir William Stephenson 3 episodes, 1979
Michael York ...  Evan Michaelian 3 episodes, 1979
Barbara Hershey ...  Madelaine 3 episodes, 1979
Paul Harding Paul Harding ...  Colonel Juergen 3 episodes, 1979
Flora Robson ...  Sister Luke 3 episodes, 1979
Peter Gilmore ...  Gubbins 3 episodes, 1979
Renée Asherson ...  Mrs. Wainwright 3 episodes, 1979
Nigel Stock ...  Winston Churchill 3 episodes, 1979
Ferdy Mayne ...  Alexander Korda 3 episodes, 1979
Gayle Hunnicutt ...  Cynthia 3 episodes, 1979
Shirley Steedman ...  Anna 3 episodes, 1979
Belinda Mayne Belinda Mayne ...  Deidra, girl on steps 3 episodes, 1979
Larry Reynolds ...  Nils Bohr 3 episodes, 1979
Joseph Golland Joseph Golland ...  Albert Einstein 3 episodes, 1979
Chris Wiggins Chris Wiggins ...  Heisenberg 3 episodes, 1979
Dick O'Neill ...  Bill Donovan 3 episodes, 1979
Ken James Ken James ...  J. Edgar Hoover 3 episodes, 1979
Shane Rimmer ...  Willoughby 3 episodes, 1979
Reg Lye ...  Newsvendor 3 episodes, 1979
Bruce Boa ...  Jump Master 3 episodes, 1979
Colin Fox ...  Acker 3 episodes, 1979
Leon Greene ...  Czech Resistance Leader 3 episodes, 1979
Brian Stirner ...  Ernst Mueller 3 episodes, 1979
Edward Dentith ...  Mr. Pointdexter 3 episodes, 1979
Paul Shelley Paul Shelley ...  Bo 3 episodes, 1979
David King David King 3 episodes, 1979
Joe Dunlop Joe Dunlop 3 episodes, 1979
John Quentin John Quentin 3 episodes, 1979
Sue Vanner Sue Vanner 3 episodes, 1979
Spencer Banks Spencer Banks 3 episodes, 1979
Jack McKenzie ...  2nd Clerck 3 episodes, 1979
Judy Wiles Judy Wiles 3 episodes, 1979
William Greaves William Greaves 3 episodes, 1979
Adrian Gibbs Adrian Gibbs 3 episodes, 1979
Roger Owen Roger Owen 3 episodes, 1979
Tony Stephens Tony Stephens 3 episodes, 1979
Chris Jenkinson Chris Jenkinson 3 episodes, 1979
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Lincoln Wright Lincoln Wright 3 episodes, 1979
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A Man Called Intrepid tells for the first time the full story of British Security Co-ordination, the international allied intelligence agency of World War 2 whose work has been a closely guarded secret for the past sixty years. Accounts include top level wartime undercover operations including the breaking of the German Enigma code and the race for the atomic bomb. It is a gripping true story of extraordinary personal heroism and sacrifice in the face of war. Written by mahajanssen

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The Secret War [Video Australia] See more »

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Country:

UK | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un hombre llamado intrépido See more »

Filming Locations:

Mæl, Norway See more »

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Budget:

CAD6,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This film's Art Director Keith Wilson once said of his quest to find an original Enigma coding machine for the production: "The secrecy surrounding Enigma is one of the most fascinating achievements of World War II. For over thirty years no one in the know said or wrote anything at all about the acquisition of the German code machine. All of which, of course, made my job more difficult! My search for Enigma wasn't as crucial as [William] Stephenson's, but as the filming got under way and the Enigma machine seemed as untraceable as ever, it began to take on something of the same urgency. Finally, I visited an old mate of mine who hires out props to film companies, and for the hundredth time I asked the same question: 'Don't suppose you have an Engima machine?' The usual response was total puzzlement, but he replied quite calmly: 'No, but I know where you can get one.' And he did, too." See more »

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Beare History Buffs
19 October 2009 | by raymond-andreSee all my reviews

This is a wonderful mini-series about a lesser known part of World War II, and a man who contributed to the creation of Office Of Strategic Services (later to become Central Intelligence Agency).

This shows the "true" story of the training and preparation of spies and saboteurs for work in France. They were recruited and then shipped to Ontario, Canada to a secret base called Camp X near the great lakes. There they were given in depth training for missions behind enemy lines.

While the novel "A Man Called Intrepid" was a ground-breaking work in its time, later researchers have taken away a lot of its credibility.

I remember watching this mini-series in its original broadcast and loving it. Sir David Niven brought a certain class to the project, though he has almost nothing in common with the real William Stephenson.

Barbara Hershey was stunning and heroic.

Paul Harding was mesmerizing as the German torturer. I will always remember his request for a prisoner to kneel before the firing squad. Before the defiance of his "charge" he explains. "It is not symbolic, merely efficient". And with one line is summed up the brutality of the Nazi regime.

Catch it if you can on DVD or re-broadcast on the history channel.

try rarewarfilms.com as this was never officially made available.


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