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The Man Who Never Was 1956

  • Ronald Neame
  • March 15, 1956
  • 103 mins
  • English
  • Drama, History, Thriller, War
The most fiendish plot ever conceived! The most amazing "human being" ever created! The most diabolical phantom--
The true story of a British effort to trick the Germans into weakening Sicily's defenses before the 1943 attack. A dead soldier is dressed as a British officer and outfitted with faked papers showing that the Allies were intending to invade occupied Greece. His body is put into the sea where it will ultimately drift ashore and the papers be passed along to German Intelligence.

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I decided to watch this film after Stephen Fry mentioned it on the show QI. I was pleasantly suprised at how good it was, you do get the sense from the first half of the movie that they are just building up to something that really happened and you pretty much know what it is by reading the Synopsis, but the second half of the movie featuring the German Spy was very good at adding tension to the film and I found myself gripped that it could all be undone at any second. I'd recommend this film to anyone who is interested in the historical films about WW2 (even though there is a lot's added to the story for dramatic effect) and for those who like a good spy story.

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