The Man Who Never Was

| 10+
Cautions: brief language, mild morbidity, mild sensuality, and brief emotional intensity

The Man Who Never Was is a suspenseful, cerebral movie about WWII British Intelligence’s attempt to divert the attention of all Axis enemies to Greece and Sardinia while the Allies moved in to invade Sicily, the obvious strategic target.  Pitted against the ruthless and brilliant Spanish and German agents and double-agents, a real-life team of British Navy officers finally resort to sending elaborate false documents into the hands of the enemy—on the body of a dead man.

1956 | Ronald Neame | 103 min Watch Trailer

Brief Language

Mild Morbidity
A dead man is seen in several contexts - washed up on a beach, covered with a sheet in a hospital room, being re-dressed and fitted with the false information.  He is never shown up close or in a graphic way, however.

Serious conversations include questions about decomposition rate and the effects produced by illness or climate on a dead body.

Mild Sensuality
An unmarried couple kisses a few times.

It is implied that a female character has had many boyfriends in a short period of time, and that she gets involved in these romantic relationships for the fun of it, and deliberately keeps them short-term to avoid serious attachment.

Brief Emotional Intensity
A character’s dear friend is reported to have been killed, and the character is seen grieving in a state of near distraction.

During a brainstorming session over how to obtain a body on which to plant false information for the Nazis, one man suggests deliberately giving a paratrooper a defective parachute and letting him fall to his death.  This is, however,  portrayed as an unethical idea.

Characters drink alcohol socially, and a woman drinks out of grief in one scene.

Characters smoke cigarettes a few times.

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