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Code Name: Emerald (1985)

Emerald is an agent the Germans "have" inside allied intelligence 1944/WWII. With "help" from Emerald, the Germans catch Wheeler, believed to know the when and where of D-Day. Emerald is sent to be Wheeler's cell mate. Let the game begin.

Director:

Jonathan Sanger

Writers:

Ronald Bass (novel), Ronald Bass (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Harris ... Gus Lang
Max von Sydow ... Jurgen Brausch
Horst Buchholz ... Walter Hoffman
Helmut Berger ... Ernst Ritter
Cyrielle Clair ... Claire Jouvet
Eric Stoltz ... Andy Wheeler
Patrick Stewart ... Col. Peters
Graham Crowden ... Sir Geoffrey Macklin
George Mikell George Mikell ... Maj. Seltz
Gabriel Barylli Gabriel Barylli ... Dieter Träger
Peter Bonke Peter Bonke ... Johann
Tony Rohr ... Patrick Callaghan
Henri Lambert Henri Lambert ... Andre
Ray Armstrong Ray Armstrong ... Willoughby
Julie Jézéquel Julie Jézéquel ... Jasmine (as Julie Jezequel)
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In April 1944, an allied agent is sent to France in order to rescue an "overlord" captured by the Germans. (An "overlord" is one of the few men who know the date and place of the D-Day invasion). To achieve this goal, he will be supported by a secret friend of the Allies, a very important German officer and the French resistance. But the S.S. is not resting. Written by Luis Carvacho <lcarvach@lascar.puc.cl>

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Directorial debut of Jonathan Sanger. See more »

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Captain parachuted into France on May 7 yet there is mature corn in the field. See more »

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Gus Lang: I'm with the OSS, Andy. Nazis think I'm working for them, I'm part of the interrogation team. That's why they put me in the cell, to get information from you. And one of these Krauts is really on our side, the only problem is I don't know which one it is, so you've got to trust me. You've got to trust me, and nobody else.
Andy Wheeler: H... How do I know that...
Gus Lang: Normandy, Beginning of June. You're in charge of wireless for Utah Beach, aren't you? That sound like we're on the same side?
Andy Wheeler: Except for the part about...
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Don't overlook this "Overlorder"
29 August 2006 | by benbrae76See all my reviews

"Code Name Emerald" is one of my favourite war films. Obviously it never actually happened (unless it's on one of those "not to opened until..." type files, which would be found to be empty at the designated date), but it could have. The depicted rehearsal for the landings did actually take place on the south coast of England, and was somewhat of a disaster, and in which there were quite a number of American GIs killed. If one "Overlorder" (i.e. someone familiar with the plans of the forthcoming D-Day landings, code name "Operation Overlord") had been captured at that time, imagine the panic of the top brass. Three years of meticulous planning gone up the Swanee.

In this movie one was, which is the basis of the story. The nasty Nazis have got their Teutonic hands on an Overlorder a certain young "Lootenant" Andy Wheeler (Eric Stoltz). The good guys have to either rescue him or kill him before he blabs. End of plot. But will poor Andy live or die? What could have become a "Boys Own" piece of hokum, turned out to be quite an interesting cleverly crafted movie, nicely underplayed by good experienced actors, with Ed Harris at the fore. War film critics of a purist nature will probably pick holes in it, and find mistakes all over the place, but I found none. Mind you, I enjoy the movie that much, I've probably never looked for any.


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

27 September 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deep Cover See more »

Filming Locations:

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Opening Weekend USA:

$241,108, 29 September 1985

Gross USA:

$561,548

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$561,548
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