Spy film tells a tale of female courage

Stana Katic, Radhika Apte and Sarah Megan Thomas in A Call to Spy (IMDB)

A Call to Spy is a British historical drama that tells the true story of three courageous women who worked as British spies during World War II. Source: Jesuit Media.

The film borrows its title from the phrase “a call to arms”, which signifies a call to take action when threatened.

At the start of World War II, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered a new spy agency, the Special Operations Executive (SOE) to train women as spies for Britain.

At the time, the war effort in Europe was not going well for Churchill, and the “spy mistress” of Churchill’s new agency, Vera Atkins (Stana Katic), recruited two distinctly different candidates: Virginia Hall (Sarah Megan Thomas), an American who had a wooden leg, and Noor Inayat Khan (Radhika Apte), a Muslim Indian pacifist. The women aroused controversy but they became key figures in the British espionage effort.

This is an emotionally moving film about the adventures of three unsung heroines who did what they could to defeat the Nazi regime at a critical time in the war effort. The film roams back and forth across the English Channel, but communicates uplifting stories of how the women risked their lives, and the difficulties they faced with poor home support – which included the threat of personal betrayal.

The film accentuates the women’s courage and focuses on a range of action exploits which impressively hold their tension.

Peter W Sheehan is an Associate of Jesuit Media

A Call To Spy: Starring Sarah Megan Thomas, Stana Katic, and Radhika Apte. Directed by Lydia Dean Pilcher. Rated M (Mature themes and violence). 124 min. Released December 26.


A Call to Spy (Jesuit Media)

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