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Synopsis:
It's 1943. The Allies are determined to break Hitler's grip on occupied Europe, and plan to launch an all-out assault on Sicily; but they face an impossible challenge - how to protect the invasion force from potential annihilation. It falls to two remarkable intelligence officers, Ewen Montagu (Colin Firth) and Charles Cholmondeley (Matthew Macfadyen) to dream the most inspired and improbable disinformation strategy of the war - centred on the most unlikely of secret agents: a dead man.
Operation Mincemeat is the extraordinary and true story of an idea that hoped to turn the tide for the Allies - taking impossibly high risks, defying logic, and testing the nerves of its creators to breaking point.
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Directors:
Producers:
Iain Canning, Charles S. Cohen, Emile Sherman, Kris Thykier
Writers:
Michelle Ashford, Ben Macintyre
Studio:
Warner
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Drama
Collections:
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BBFC:
Release Date:
04/07/2022
Run Time:
122 minutes
Languages:
English Audio Description Dolby Digital 2.0, English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
04/07/2022
Run Time:
128 minutes
Languages:
English Audio Description Dolby Digital 2.0, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B

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Reviews (11) of Operation Mincemeat

Lacklustre WW2 Drama - Operation Mincemeat review by GI

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29/04/2022

Whilst an interesting story from an historical perspective and despite the all star cast this is an over talky Second World War drama that has that air of Colonel Blimp about it. It seems that the core of the story wasn't enough so it's been puffed out to include love affairs and personal jealousies in side plots that peter out and go nowhere. This is the story of a British covert intelligence operation in 1943 to have the Germans find a dead body that is carrying secret documents alluding to a panned allied invasion of Greece instead of Sicily, which is the real strategy. This is dreamed up by Naval intelligence officer Ewen (Colin Firth), whilst dealing with marital problems, aided by RAF intelligence officer, Charles Cholmondeley (now there's upper class British name for you!) (Matthew Macfadyen). Of course they have trouble getting the higher ups to agree, in the form of a grumpy Admiral (Jason Isaacs) until good ol' Winston (Simon Russell Beale) backs it personally. The tense nature of the plan is told mostly through lots of hand wringing in smoke filled offices while Ewen and Charles moon over their assistant Jean (Kelly Macdonald). This love triangle is distracting and lessens the more interesting story as the discovery of the body by the Spanish doesn't always go to plan. Thes tory has been told before in The Man Who Never Was (1956) and the core of the idea was used in North BY Northwest (1959) but as a modern war story it's a bit of a lame film that fails to lift itself beyond a passing interest.

9 out of 11 members found this review helpful.

Too broad and slightly boring - Operation Mincemeat review by AER

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08/05/2022

Thank goodness it's not quite the Dad's Army / Richard Curtis-goes-to-war film that the trailer tried to sell us. However, as intriguing as this real-life story is it's still fairly standard, very dreary and in the end, not at all interesting. A solid cast go through the motions and fail to sell us the peril and high stakes of their plan. Some aspects felt forced like the presence of Ian Fleming (played by singer Johnny Flynn) and the references to James Bond. On the whole, you are left wondering what a film about the life of Glyndwr (the corpse) would have been like - but much of his involvement is played for fits and giggles in this. Ultimately, it was a little too broad and lacked grit or punch.

4 out of 10

5 out of 7 members found this review helpful.

Decent enough but overlong and flabby WWII true story done better in THE MAN WHO NEVER WAS (1956) - Operation Mincemeat review by PV

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09/08/2022

This film is too long as usual with so many modern movies - and like them, feels it has to invent female characters (all 'strong independent women' who tell men they do not need their help multiple times). This gets SO tiresome and is preachy pc 21st C feminism - NOT how women behaved in 1943.

The scriptwriter (female) obviously feels she has to puff this out to make it all about love affairs and petty jealousies of men, and probably invent female characters who never were too for the sake of pc boxticking. Shame. It spoils the film. Watch the FAR superior THE MAN WHO NEVER WAS (1956), a 5 star film, to see the real story, minus the silly romantic subplots and pc girl power posing.

I was not sure whether to give this 3 or 4 stars. In the end it is 3.5 stars rounded up - because the direction/acting is excellent and I loved the later parts of the film set in Spain (Huelva, now famous for strawberries and heavy industry) which I did not know about. Great to see Churchill given respect too, as is right.

And I can even forgive the in-jokes about 'spooks' - the TV series that starred Matthew Macfadyen.

4 out of 6 members found this review helpful.

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