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A Call to Spy (2020)

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Critic Consensus: A Call to Spy overcomes a surprising lack of tension with an overall engaging tribute to an oft-overlooked group of World War II heroes.

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As Great Britain's forces were stretched thin during World War II, Winston Churchill's Special Operations Executive (SOE) began to enlist women as spies. Their daunting mission: conduct sabotage and build a resistance. Spymistress Vera Atkins, later the inspiration for Ian Fleming's Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond franchise, was the chief recruiter for this secret army. Atkins selected two unusual candidates: Virginia Hall, an American journalist from Baltimore hampered by a wooden leg, and Noor Inayat Khan, a wireless officer of Indian descent and an avowed pacifist. Together, they worked to undermine the Nazi regime in France. The courage, sacrifices and grit of these three women helped quell the Nazi occupation -- and ultimately turned the tide of the war.

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Cast

Sarah Megan Thomas
as Virginia Hall
Stana Katic
as Vera Atkins
Radhika Apte
as Noor Inayat Khan
Rossif Sutherland
as Dr. Chevain

Critic Reviews for A Call to Spy

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (14)

Given the potential of the material, there's no excuse for the dullness of A Call To Spy, a film as clumsy as its title.

December 28, 2020 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

At 123 minutes, the narrative misses out on building suspense, but the emotional core of the story and the fascinating individuals keep the viewer curious.

December 16, 2020 | Full Review…

This is a film with big ideas but a modest budget, and sadly that is its biggest downfall.

November 12, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Telling her story on screen, along with those of other undersung heroines, is a more dynamic living tribute than any building could be.

November 4, 2020 | Full Review…
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A Call to Spy has a stolid pacing that makes you feel every minute of its two-hours-plus running time. But it's still an interesting story that's yet to fully come into the light.

October 22, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The history here is extremely important and these are people whose names we need to know. There's an OK little spy thriller in here, too, but it's a little clumsy.

October 9, 2020 | Full Review…

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