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Garbo: The Spy (2009)

Garbo: El espía (original title)
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A compelling account of Juan Pujol, an extraordinary Spanish double agent during WWII who helped change the course of history.

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Edmon Roch
4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Rupert Allason Rupert Allason ... Interviewee (as Nigel West)
José Antonio Escoriza José Antonio Escoriza ... Interviewee
Aline Griffith Aline Griffith ... Interviewee
Juan Kreisler Juan Kreisler ... Interviewee
Joan Pujol Joan Pujol ... Himself (archive footage)
Joan Miquel Pujol Joan Miquel Pujol ... Interviewee
Mark Seaman Mark Seaman ... Interviewee
Xavier Vinader Xavier Vinader ... Interviewee
Stan Vranckx Stan Vranckx ... Himself - Interviewee
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A compelling account of Juan Pujol, an extraordinary Spanish double agent during WWII who helped change the course of history.

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Not Rated
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Official Sites:

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Country:

Spain

Language:

English | Catalan | Spanish

Release Date:

18 November 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Garbo, a kém See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,593, 20 November 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$28,195, 29 January 2012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color (35 mm version)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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As the credits roll (after showing the names of those who appeared on film), additional information are revealed. Winston Churchill's quote of "In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies" "To Annia" As he worked for the MI5, Pujol's telephone was tapped and his private correspondence underwent censorship. He was never left alone. He could only use invisible ink under the supervision of a member of the Secret service. He never met any other agent, entered the MI5 premises, or knew his position in the Organization. He never tried to find out more, or ever complained. After the War, MI5 wanted Pujol to spy on Russia. For unknown reasons, he did not accept. He spent all his fortune on land in Venezuela. In 1948, his property was assaulted and destroyed. He sold it at a quarter of the value. Juan Pujol managed to fight two wars serving both sides. Never fired a single shot. His vivid imagination produced over 50 volumes of writings. Thus he spared thousands of lives. On both sides. See more »

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The Ghost Spy Who Saved the World
25 March 2010 | by Thistle-3See all my reviews

Garbo: The Spy hit me like Fire in the Heartland. Again, here's a topic that I feel I am familiar with. i have seen movies about World War II, read books about the Invasion of Normandy. So, why have I never heard about this guy? Why don't I know how critical he apparently was to the whole Allied effort? If you've seen Alias or the Bournes, you know that a good spy has handlers. Garbo is the codename he received from his British handlers, because he took on various roles so well. In reality, he grew up in the Catalan region of Spain, the child of well-to-do parents, in the days before Franco. He wants to get involved. And, I will tell you we don't get to know much about his actual motivations or personality. The guy's a ghost, really. But, we get to find out what he did, offering his services to the Third Reich and to the Allies. Garbo set up an elaborate ruse that may have turned the tide of the war. He must have had iron clad insides to pull off some of these capers. I don't want to give too much away, but it's just an incredible story. And, to get it on the screen, since we don't have anything but talking heads and documents to illustrate the story, Director Edmon Roach intersperses scenes from spy films and movies about World War II that mirror real life events. It's a beautiful device and a remarkable piece of storytelling. I give Garbo: The Spy an 9 out of 10.


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