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Running Time:
2 hours, 4 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for violence, some sexuality/nudity, language and brief drug use

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
Although it has its moments, it doesn't quite achieve epic wartime romance status; a disappointment made more profound by the dazzling talent assembled both sides of the camera.

Additional Info:
Brad Pitt ... Max Vatan
Xavier De Guillebon ... Claude
Marion Cotillard ... Marianne Beauséjour
Camille Cottin ... Monique
August Diehl ... Hobar
Fleur Poad ... Hobar's Secretary
Vincent Ebrahim ... Driver in Desert
Anton Blake ... German Ambassador
Daniel Betts ... George Kavanagh
Sally Messham ... Margaret
Michael McKell ... German Officer at Anfa Café
Vincent Ebrahim ... Driver in Desert

The story, is focused on the romance of two people Max Vatan (Brad Pitt ) a Canadian intelligence officer, married during wartime to Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard). who clearly love each other. They marry even though one officer warns that wedlock under battle conditions does not last.  In fact the big question before the audience, one which is exquisitely milked by director Robert Zemeckis (“Back to the Future”) with a penetrating script by Steven Knight ("Burnt").

The story opens in the Moroccan desert, into which Max Vatan parachutes, connecting with a ride to Casablanca, and damned if Brad Pitt doesn’t conjures up the image of Humphrey Bogart as he meets the resistance fighter in a club patronized by German occupying officers.  Max and Marianne plan to kill the German ambassador at a party, to which Max feigns no interest.  In one of the few explosive battle scenes, the two battle with the enemy shooting-gallery style.

There is just one problem: Marianne, with all her passion for Max, may be a spy for Germany.  If so, she fails to obey orders, which would presumably be not to fall in love with Canadians or English or French but rather to merely pretend affection—all the better for completing the mission.

Allied is nearly bereft of comic touches, one involving Max’s skill as a card sharp, shuffling a deck every which way to impress a Nazi officer.  One scene involving spectacular visual effects shows a Luftwaffe aircraft shot down, burning, and heading straight for a London building housing Marianne and Max. Though this is a war picture on one level, the emphasis is on the love between Max and Marianne, who are a pretend couple in Casablanca but who marry when they arrive in London.

If you’re looking for a war picture in the tradition of “Saving Private Ryan” or “The Bridge on the River Kwai,” this is not the one.  The few battle scenes are executed nicely but throughout, the principal theme remains the Max’s conflict, since he is told that if his wife turns out to be a German spy, he must execute her.  Failing that, he would himself be hanged for high treason.  The film is based on a true story of two assassins, but wouldn’t this demand be just too difficult to believe?

Allied was filmed on location in England, in Buckinghamshire, Hampstead and London, while the Canary Islands (Fuerteventura and Las Palmas) stand in for Casablanca. Diepe and Seine-Maritime in France are utilized as well.

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