[Parts 1 & 2]

DVD - 2015
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A 2-part miniseries, based on the bestselling novel by William Boyd. Enter a cloak and dagger world where everyone and everything is under suspicion. Haunted by the death of her brother at the hands of fascist thugs, Russian émigré Eva Delectorskaya is recruited to be a British secret agent by the shadowy figure, Lucas Romer. After proving her merit in the field, she is sent on the most dangerous mission of her life. She must use any means necessary to manipulate the American press and draw the States into World War II. Unbeknownst to her, there are more sinister powers at work, and a deadly betrayal forces her into hiding. But once a spy, always a spy. Years later, she is gripped with paranoia when she fears her cover has been blown. With no one else to turn to, she recruits her unsuspecting daughter to help uncover the truth and confront the elusive Romer. After a life of conspiracy and intrigue, Eva wonders if she?ll ever feel safe. Time is running out, and she must unravel all the mysteries before it?s too late.


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Dec 18, 2020

Enjoyed the film despite some inconsistencies. The actors were fine. Some details like the flag & young Ruth vs. older Ruth's eyes shouldn't be that hard for the director to catch. I guess they think that 'people won't notice'. We always do. Pretty good set-up in the story line though.

Nov 13, 2020

Really lousy research and slap-dash continuity in this one. Old Charlotte Rampling has these real incredible washed out blue eyes, her younger self played by Hayley Atwell has brown eyes, see what I mean? When young Hayley is flash card training States names and Capitals, one of them is Hawaii which, off course, was a US territory in those days. Also, the flag should only have 48 stars in those halcyon days. There was no mention authorized as to damage at Pearl Harbor until after the war had ended. On and on, etc. Still, the cast was fun to watch even if the proceedings were a crock.

Jan 19, 2020

This was a reasonably enjoyable movie. The best part I thought was the reveal to the crux or the rationale : I thought this was great. I didn't know that ! But [spoiler alert] I realized considering the dates that, as another commenter says, it was bull. The dates don't line up. In 1940 the US showed no interest in the conflict. Barbarossa and the success at Stalingrad was later. Russia thinking of taking over Europe by military conquest in 1940 is ridiculous.

Apr 30, 2019

I admitted to being completely bored 'on the way to New Mexico'. This had so much potential but the poorly written script only called for 1/4 of a disk to give pertinent information in order to begin and end the story. This had too many loose ends that didn't connect or give understanding. When it FINALLY ended I didn't know it. I was still waiting for the ending even after the credit's rolled off.

Mar 09, 2019

I really wanted to love this, and was still holding out hope after the first episode, but cannot recommend this now having completed the 2 episode series. It was unsatisfying and although the flash back portion is fabulous, it does not marry up with the 1978 story in a believable way.

The first glaring issue I had was the young Sally has brown eyes, a darker colouring and looks NOTHING like the mature Sally who has BLUE eyes and a more fair colouring. I tried to let that go but it was just too tall a tale and the reasoning in the end for the double agent was ridiculous. A shame as there was loads of unrealized potential, but there it is.

May 09, 2018

Rated 8/10. Overall, this is a pretty decent story, with good acting and script.

Part 1 is quite straight forward, but Part 2 is a bit tricky. It initially appears to be disjointed, with no real explanations as to the intent of the mission, which makes it confusing.

But, stick with it, and you will be rewarded with the unveiling of a clever plan. You will also find that there is a traitor somewhere. Figuring this out is have the fun, and how the person is dealt with.

I'm going to recommend this.

May 08, 2018

The story is based during WWII and the agents that worked in secret. I was expecting intrigue, suspense and twists and turns. It turned out to be fairly boring and predictable.

JCLEdwardR Feb 26, 2018

I found this series relatively boring and couldn't help but consider how commercials may have actually helped break it up when it originally aired. Hayley Atwell is wonderful though so this still gets 3 stars from me.

Feb 08, 2018

For a show whose catch phrase is, "Every little detail is important." I was amused that the US flag in 1940 had 50 stars.
The main character doesn't trust her lover/handler but she tells him everything. Really?
Wish there was a fast forward button to move through the heavy dramatic music scenes and get on with the story.
Oh, yeah, I figured out the dude was a double agent. But I already knew about Kim Philby.
I will keep watching. I want to see who gets offed with the shotgun.

Feb 05, 2018

The story moved slowly. I did not care for the back and forth in time. I didn't finish it.

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Oct 15, 2017

We all have secrets. No one knows half the truth about anybody.


Who the hell is Eva Delectorskaya?
- I am.
No. No, you're not. You're my mother. You're Sally Gilmartin.

You won't need weapons in your line of work.
- But what if I'm in mortal danger?
Well, it's most unlikely, But if you find yourself in mortal danger, then use your intuition. Use your animal instincts.
You always have your nails and your teeth.

Oct 15, 2017

'Charles A Lindbergh, the famous aviator, speaking at an America First rally in Chicago today 'said that American democracy can only be preserved 'by keeping out of the present war in Europe. Any attempt to involve America in war abroad 'should be fiercely resisted. Mr Lindbergh declared that it was incumbent on the US Government 'and the president to build national defence at home 'and that those calling for intervention in Europe 'were only going to weaken our great country. Mr Lindbergh added that the pro-war interventionist movement 'was in fact anti-patriotic' Coffee.
The windows were closed. The door was locked from the inside, key in the lock. They're bloody good, these Russians.
- What do you mean?
When it looks like a grade-A, incontestable, unmistakable suicide, it probably isn't.

Oct 15, 2017

I want you to meet a man called Mason Harding, you know, get to know him.
- How will you feel if I get to know this man well?
How I feel has nothing to do with it. How YOU feel has nothing to do with it either. We're losing this war, Eva.
And we'll lose it for sure if we don't get the Americas on our side. It's as simple as that.
You're doing good work, Eva. Keep your feelings out of it.

The close follow? I was never more than three or four yards from you. You expect a crow to be following you at a safe distance, but sometimes crows are on your heels.

What's important about Prenslo?
- It's on the border with Germany. We're perfectly safe. Holland is neutral, remember?
I had heard. Just like the good old US of A.

Oct 15, 2017

Look, don't get me wrong. We love England. FDR loves England. Harry Hopkins loves England. If it was up to us we'd be there, fighting the Nazis with you, shoulder to shoulder. Mano a mano. But we can't go to war without a vote in Congress. Which we would never, ever win. Not by a country mile. 80% of Americans are against entering the war in Europe. 80%. Eight out of ten Americans want nothing to do with your war.

If I'd told you the real plan, you'd have got nervous and given it away.
- You're the expert, I suppose.

Why did you check it? Did anyone ask you to?
- No.
So why did you?
- I just … Because … Because I thought I should. Instinct, I suppose.
Good procedure. Instinct That's the key.

Oct 15, 2017

They can't point the finger at us and say, "Another of your British dirty tricks to trap us into your European war." They found this themselves in their own back yard. What can the Anglophobes or the Isolationists say? What can America First say? This is hard evidence. The Nazis are planning airline routes between Mexico City and Texas, for Christ's sake. They're on your doorstep, USA. It's not something happening across the Atlantic in distant Europe this war is coming to you.

Raul was just going to hand the map in to a local newspaper, to feed it in to the system until your plan took over.
-There wasn't a plan. I didn't have a plan.
Everything happened because you didn't do what you'd been told to.
What were you doing in the East End?
-I was looking for someone. A man.
Did you find him?
-Yes, I did, actually. I wanted to say goodbye to him.
And did you?
-Yes… forever.

Oct 15, 2017

At the end of 1941, the last thing the Russians wanted was America entering the war in Europe. Oh, no, Europe was for Russia.
…spy of spies. The ultimate double agent. … So you're the Sixth Man.


You could never understand how, for an Englishman, sometimes it's as easy to hate your country as it is to love it.

This was the man I loved, the man I thought loved me. He trained me, he knew me incredibly well. He knew he didn't have to tell me what to do in New Mexico, because he knew I'd do it anyway. That's what was so damn clever.
-He didn't need to tell you to check the map.
Exactly - because he knew I would. And he knew I'd see there was something wrong that I wouldn't go though with the plan, that I'd go off on my own.

And you had to kill xxyz.
I wouldn't be sitting here, otherwise.


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