The Spy

In the early 1960s, Eli Cohen (Sacha Baron Cohen) is recruited by Mossad and sent to Damascus posing as a successful Arab businessman; over the years, he reaches an unimagined position within the Syrian government. Gideon Raff, who created the popular Israeli TV series Prisoners of War (2010-2012), looked like the right person to tell this story. It is spectacular enough to carry this miniseries, and part of the attraction is watching Cohen in a serious role. He’s good as a man adapting fast to a new life, but the drab look and somewhat mediocre treatment are drawbacks.

2019-France. Made for TV. 319 min. Color. Created and directed by Gideon Raff. Teleplay: Gideon Raff, Max Perry. Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen (Eli Cohen), Hadar Ratzon-Rotem (Nadia Cohen), Noah Emmerich (Dan Peleg), Yael Eitan, Waleed Zuaiter, Nassim Si Ahmed.

Trivia: Originally shown in six episodes. Inspired by a book written by Uri Dan and Yeshayahu Ben Porat. The story was also told in the TV movie The Impossible Spy (1987).

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