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Code Name: Emerald

  • Drama
  • War
  • 1985
  • Jonathan Sanger
  • 91 mins
  • PG

Summary

Wartime thriller starring Ed Harris and Max von Sydow. Spring 1944. In the run up to D-Day, American Gus Lang plays a dangerous game as a double agent. When Lieutenant Andy Wheeler, a US Army officer who possesses vital information about the impending invasion, is captured by the Gestapo, Lang's mission is to prevent the D-Day secrets from being revealed by whatever means necessary.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

This is a polished piece of film-making. So polished, in fact, that any trace of originality or enterprise has been scrupulously wiped away. Surely the only excuse for making a Second World War espionage adventure in 1985 was to divulge the secrets of some hitherto hush-hush true-life operation. Not, as here, to take elements from any number of wartime thrillers and form them into yet another collage of double agents, decent Nazis, Gestapo sadists and sacrificial lambs engaged in a story of disinformation, torture and betrayal set in the weeks before D-Day. Well-played, efficient but redundant entertainment.

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Credits

Cast

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Gus LangEd Harris
Jurgen BrauschMax von Sydow
Walter HoffmanHorst Buchholz
Ernst RitterHelmut Berger
Claire JouvetCyrielle Claire
Andy WheelerEric Stoltz
Colonel PetersPatrick Stewart
Sir Geoffrey MacklinGraham Crowden
Major SeltzGeorge Mikell
Dieter TragerGabriel Barylli

Crew

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DirectorJonathan Sanger

Details

Languages
English
Guidance
Brief swearing.
Available on
video
Formats
Colour
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