The Enemy is Listening
The Enemy is Listening


D: Robert Zemeckis

Paramount/GK/Huahua/Imagemovers (Graham King, Steve Starkey & Robert Zemeckis)

USA/UK 🇺🇸🇬🇧 2016

124 mins


W: Steven Knight

DP: Don Burgess

Ed: Mick Audsley & Jeremiah O'Driscoll 

Mus: Alan Silvestri

PD: Gary Freeman

Cos: Joanna Johnston

Brad Pitt (Cmmdr. Max Vatan), Marion Cotillard (Marianne Beausejour), Jared Harris (Col. Frank Heslop), Matthew Goode (Capt. Guy Sangster), Lizzy Caplan (Officer Bridget Vatan), August Diehl (Hobar)

Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard star in Robert Zemeckis' wartime thriller, which had a lot of promise but ultimately fails to deliver. 

Pitt plays a Canadian agent who parachutes into Nazi-occupied Morocco to carry out a secret mission and meets French resistance fighter, Marianne Beausejour (Cotillard), in Morocco with whom they develop a romantic relationship. 

Following the success of the mission, the pair reunite in London and get married, only for it to emerge that she may not be who she appears and may in fact be an enemy spy.

The subject matter would have been truly brought to life in the hands of Alfred Hitchcock, but it's surprisingly flat in the hands of the usually brilliant Zemeckis. The first act drags quite slowly and there's never a real element of tension throughout the running time, certainly not in respect to Brad Pitt's character's safety since Cotillard's character is presented as far too innocent.

The film was unsurprisingly met with mixed reviews when it had its theatrical run, with most of the plaudits going to Joanna Johnston's achievement in costume design, which was deservedly nominated for an Oscar.

A classic example of a marketing trailer being more impressive than the actual movie.


Marion Cotillard & Brad Pitt in Allied
Marion Cotillard & Brad Pitt in Allied
Did You Know:
The Morocco scenes were filmed in Las Palmas, Spain, which is only 93 miles off the Moroccan coast and shares a similar climate.

Award Wins & Nominations:


Wins: none

Nominations: 1 (Best Costume Design)


Wins: none

Nominations: 1 (Best Costume Design)


Wins: none

Nominations: 1 (Best Costume Design)