a call to spy


director: Lydia Dean Pilcher (radium girls)

starring: stana katic, sarah megan thomas, radhika apte and mathilde olliver


REVIEWER: lyall carter

During World War II, a group of female agents help undermine the Nazi regime in France, leaving an unmistakable legacy in their wake.

It seems as though we’ve seen WWII from nearly every perspective when it comes to film and TV shows. But A Call to Spy brings us an untold tale of that time which is filled with action, suspense and a whole lot of heart.


In the beginning of WWII, with Britain becoming desperate, Churchill ordered his new spy agency - the Special Operations Executive (SOE) - to recruit and train women as spies. Their daunting mission: conduct sabotage and build a resistance. SOE’s “spymistress,” Vera Atkins (Stana Katic), recruits two unusual candidates: Virginia Hall (Sarah Megan Thomas), an ambitious American with a wooden leg, and Noor Inayat Khan (Radhika Atpe), a Muslim pacifist. Together, these women help to undermine the Nazi regime in France, leaving an unmistakable legacy in their wake. 


A Call to Spy follows the story of the addition of women spies in the SOE in quite a linear way from the formation of the group under Atkins, to their training and finally to their heart pounding in your chest missions. 


Even though Khan was particularly heroic and Atkin’s constant battle against the red tape bureaucracy was inspiring, it was Hall’s story that struck me the most. Here was not only a woman, which in the world of the 1940’s already held her back, but one with a disability who didn’t let it define her or the role she played in the war. 


The film is filled with action, intrigue and a thrilling cat and mouse game between the British spies and the resistance and the occupying forces which will entertain you throughout. 


Bringing the untold story of the women spies of the SOE, A Call to Spy is filled with action, suspense and a whole lot of heart. 


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