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Allied is a 2016 romantic thriller film, directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard.

Royal Canadian Air Force intelligence officer Max Vatan (Pitt) and French resistance fighter Marianne Beauséjou (Cotillard) fall in love on a mission in Casablanca and get married in London. But Marianne is accused of being a German spy impersonating Beauséjou, and Max must either prove her innocence or execute her.


Allied provides examples of the following:

  • Agents Dating: Max and Marianne turn their fake relationship into a real one.
  • All Germans Are Nazis: Averted. The German ambassador whom Max and Marianne assassinate is later said to be a dissident Hitler wanted dead. Marianne herself counts, if she's a German too.
  • Artistic Licence – History:
    • Max is told that if Marianne's a traitor, he'll have to execute her himself or be hanged for treason as an accomplice. If any such arrangement ever existed, it was well hidden. Spies were arrested and dealt with through the regular legal system.
    • The fact that there are two Nazi agents in Hampstead running Marianne. Though they wouldn't find out till after the war, MI-5 successfully turned or imprisoned every single German agent from relatively early on. When it turns out she is a traitor, it would be much more likely they'd turn her or secretly Feed the Mole, especially so close to D-Day, and especially when she was clearly acting under duress and willing to turn. This successfully misled the Germans into believing the Allies would attack Calais, not Normandy.
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  • Badass Boast: When Max and Marianne go out to practice with the weapons they'll be using on their mission, Marianne fumbles hers, not having noticed that the safety was on. Max asks her if she'll be all right using the guns, and Marianne replies, "I'd be all right if I had to use cutlery."
  • Becoming the Mask: Despite being a Nazi spy impersonating a resistance member, Marianne's love for both Max and Anna were real.
  • Blackmail: Marianne says she left Nazi service, but was blackmailed into working for them after she went off to England with Max. German agents were planted in the area to insure her loyalty, with the threat of killing Anna if she refused (this included one as her nanny). This seems believable.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Max describing his and Marianne's predecessors (or, more specifically, why agents shouldn't get romantically involved).
    Max: They started fucking, then they got fuckin' careless, now they're fuckin' dead!
    Marianne: That's a lot of fucking.
  • Les Collaborateurs: Marianne is accused of working for the Nazis, with the ambassador she and Max killed in Casablanca being a dissident Hitler wanted executed anyway. Turns out it's true. It's left unclear if she was German or French — if the former, it wouldn't qualify. A French police officer also appears at one point, alerting the German garrison when he's held at gunpoint by resistance fighters.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: Marianne is accused of stealing the real Marianne Beauséjou's identity to aid the Germans. A French resistance fighter informs him Marianne played piano. It's true.
  • Death Equals Redemption: Marianne shoots herself to get Max out of trouble out of genuine love for him and to atone for her German espionage activities.
  • Eye Scream: While trying to prove his wife's identity, Max talks to an officer who was shot down over Dieppe and smuggled back to England by Marianne, hoping he can positively identify her in her and Max's wedding photograph. He reveals his left retina is detached, so all he can see is white blots, while his right eye was shot out along with part of his eye socket.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: There's a high-ranking government man in a suit and glasses, cold as ice, who tells Max that Marianne may be a traitor, that he is to not interfere, and that, if she is guilty, he is to shoot her.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: At a party, Max's sister and her partner are requested to kiss by some men. They do, and the men cheer.
  • Good Versus Good: RCAF intelligence officer against V Section trying to root out a spy
  • Heroic Suicide: Marianne shoots herself to make sure Anna doesn't grow up an orphan and Max isn't executed along with her.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Marianne's handler, posing as the babysitter. She starts announcing her name, rank and serial number when Max shoots her in the head.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: In Casablanca, Max recognizes a German officer who interrogated him on a previous mission. He follows the officer when he makes a phone call and strangles him to death, then stuffs a piece of bread down his throat and tells a waiter it sounded like someone was choking.
  • Misplaced Accent: Max's French is supposed to be very good, and Marianne is only worried that he sounds like he was from Quebec (which would make sense given his nationality). He actually sounds like a plain old American struggling with French.
  • Moe Greene Special: An Air Force officer who knew Marianne reveals his right eye was shot out.
  • La Résistance: Marianne works for the French resistance. She and Max go to Casablanca to assassinate the German ambassador. Max later flies a supply plane to resistance fighters in Dieppe so he can question a Frenchman as to her identity, then helps them destroy a German half-track and take out a platoon when the alarm is raised.
  • Riddle for the Ages: What was Marianne's true nationality and name?
  • Secret Test: A colleague suggests to Max the accusations might be a test to run supplies to the resistance on D-Day. It's not. V Section has Max conduct one on Marianne by leaving fake information on a notepad by his bedside, so they can monitor transmissions for that information to reveal if Marianne is a spy. It turns up on the known spy channels.
  • Undercover as Lovers: Max and Marianne pose as husband and wife in Casablanca.
  • Verbed Title
  • Wartime Wedding: Max and Marianne get married in London during the war.
  • Wham Shot: Max finds out Marianne is a skilled piano player, so he takes her to a pub and demands she play the piano to prove she is not a spy. She tearfully closes the lid.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Max's CO chews him out after he finds out Max asked a pilot of a plane running supplies to French resistance to ask someone who knew Marianne to verify her photo. The pilot was shot to pieces on the runway because he waited too long for a drunk to look at a photograph.