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For se­cret World War II op­er­a­tives Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) and Mar­i­anne Beauséjour (Mar­ion Cotil­lard), the key to sur­vival is never be­ing truly known by any­one. They are ex­perts in de­cep­tion, play­act­ing, sec­ondguess­ing and as­sas­si­na­tion. When they ac­ci­den­tally fall for each other in the mid­dle of an ex­traor­di­nar­ily risky mis­sion, their one hope is to leave all the dou­ble-deal­ing be­hind – but in­stead, sus­pi­cion and dan­ger be­come the core of their wartime mar­riage as hus­band-and-wife are pit­ted against each other in an es­ca­lat­ing, po­ten­tially lethal test of loy­alty, iden­tity and love…with global con­se­quences. From Os­car® win­ner Robert Ze­meckis, the in­no­va­tive di­rec­tor be­hind For­rest Gump, Cast Away and Flight, comes Al­lied, at once a mes­mer­iz­ing es­pi­onage thriller, sweep­ing war drama and pas­sion­ate ro­mance be­tween two as­sas­sins who may be fated soul­mates or deadly en­e­mies – or both. In a sump­tu­ous, vis­ually evoca­tive pro­duc­tion that roams from Casablanca to Lon­don’s Blitz days to Ger­man-oc­cu­pied France, Ze­meckis cre­ates the kind of grand tale that flour­ished in Golden Hol­ly­wood – full of mys­tery, thrills and ro­man­tic heat – yet told with all the richly im­mer­sive power of 21st Cen­tury cinema. The film unites Best Ac­tor Os­car® nom­i­nee Brad Pitt (Money­ball, The Cu­ri­ous Case Of Ben­jamin But­ton, Twelve Mon­keys) and Best Ac­tress Os­car® win­ner Mar­ion Cotil­lard (La Vie En Rose, Two Days, One Night, The Dark Knight Rises) as the two crafty spies caught be­tween their fever­ish feel­ings for one an­other and an act of du­plic­ity that could det­o­nate ev­ery­thing they care about. The year is 1942, and 26 coun­tries have just aligned into the Al­lied Forces to fight the Nazi threat over­run­ning Europe. On an ur­gent as­sign­ment for the Bri­tish Spe­cial Oper­a­tions Ex­ec­u­tive (SOE), Cana­dian air­man Max Vatan para­chutes into oc­cu­pied Casablanca to take out Ger­many’s am­bas­sador. There, he en­coun­ters rav­ish­ing French re­sis­tance fighter Mar­i­anne – cho­sen to pose as his spouse.

But their grow­ing flame for each other soon be­comes more than an act, even as they face dev­as­tat­ing odds. Dar­ing to re­unite in Lon­don, their love only deep­ens and they start a fam­ily. But then comes the day Max is in­formed his idyl­lic new fam­ily life may be a mon­u­men­tal de­cep­tion – spark­ing a des­per­ate chase af­ter the truth through a po­ten­tially lethal maze of bor­ders and al­liances both in­ter­na­tional and per­sonal. Para­mount Pic­tures and GK Films present Al­lied, a film by Robert Ze­meckis from an orig­i­nal script by Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things, Eastern Prom­ises, Locke).

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