The Impossible Spy (1987)


“From now on, you will lead two lives; husband and secret agent. You will be trained in the methods of The Mossad, infiltration, observation, communication and how to survive. – Yacov

Number of Times Seen – at least three times (TV in the 80’s, 27 Aug 1999 and 9 May 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A young Israeli is recruited to be a spy for his country and is sent to be in a strategic position to spy on Syria.

My Take on it – This is a film that has a special place in my heart.

Since this film is based on a true story, it helps make the storyline even more powerful as we learn so much about what kind of things are asked for from someone working as a spy for their government.

They do a wonderful job showing what kinds of difficulties and hardships a man can endure when he chooses to live a double life for his country.

John Shea is great as Eli Cohen and we can feel his characters emotional tug of war between duty to his family and duty to his country.

I realize that due to some of the events in this film, there are parts that have been fictionalized but that doesn’t at all take away from the kind of impact a story like this can have.

Since I was familiar with the events of this story beforehand, I am sure that certain aspects of the real events have also been omitted or left unexplained and that raises some questions about the storyline but things still feel quite realistic as possible despite this fact.

Eli Wallach is also great in a supporting role as Yacov, Cohen’s Mossad handler.

Bottom Line – Very enjoyable spy thriller that shows the hardship on men who need to live double lives in order to serve their country. Shea is great in the lead and we can feel his emotional tug of war between duty and between family. The fact that this is based on a real event makes the story even more powerful because we learn so much about the man and his mission. Wallach is also great as his “handler”, Yacov.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Nominated for 4 Cable ACE Awards (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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