The Impossible Spy

The Impossible Spy

Director: Jim Goddard Cast: John Shea, Eli Wallach, Michael Bat-Adam


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The British/US co-production The Impossible Spy is based on the life and career of Israeli undercover agent Elie Cohen. The story begins in 1959, with the Egyptian-born Cohen (John Shea) being recruited by the Israeli Mossad. Cohen, a mild-mannered Jewish accountant, wants no part of espionage, but goes along with his superior's plans to send him into Syria under an assumed identity. The reluctant spy is so successful in his cover that he is nearly elected Syrian minister of defense! What finally does happen results in the death of Cohen in 1965--and the birth of an enduring legend. Written by Marty Ross and Jim Goddard, The Impossible Spy was first telecast November 28, 1987, as an HBO Showcase presentation.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/13/2001
UPC: 0646032032499
Original Release: 1987
Source: Janson Media
Time: 1:36:00
Sales rank: 37,805

Special Features

Photo gallery; Star filmographies; Location report; Trailer; Arab-Israel conflict timeline; Reviews

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Impossible Spy
1. Prologue [:34]
2. Egypt 1955 [1:59]
3. Recruiting Elie Cohen [12:04]
4. A New Identity [4:49]
5. Meeting General Haled [8:39]
6. Entering the Lion's Den [9:22]
7. The Coup d'Etat [8:18]
8. A New Mission [5:35]
9. Going for the Guns [9:56]
10. Refusing to Quit [8:14]
11. Getting Caught [4:00]
12. A Friend Betrayed [9:45]
13. The Execution [3:56]
14. Epilogue [1:39]

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