Don’t let its funky sounding title fool you. “Operation Mincemeat”, the new British war drama on its way to Netflix, is based on a story that would be impossible to believe if it weren’t true. Directed by John Madden (“Shakespeare in Love”, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”) and written by Michelle Ashford, “Operation Mincemeat” puts together a sparkling cast for what could be a nice grab for Netflix.
Set in 1943, the movie depicts Britain’s attempt to disguise the upcoming Allied invasion of Sicily during World War II. To fool the Germans, the Brits took the corpse of a tramp who had died from ingesting rat poison, dressed him up as a military Captain, gave him fake and misleading documents, and covertly placed the body where the Germans would find it. Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald, Jason Isaacs, Penelope Wilton, Johnny Flynn, and Simon Russell Beale star in the crazy yet true war story that seems ripe and ready for the big screen treatment.
“Operation Mincemeat” releases in select theaters May 6th and streams on Netflix May 11th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.
I’m in! This actually looks fascinating and I’m a sucker for this shit.
Fascinating is a good word. The trailer also seems to show a clever sense of humor that I hope finds its way into the movie.
I’m up for this, one of our best war stories!
It sounds amazing. And a really strong cast to help tell it.
Too weird a premise not to be true! I’m in.
I’m looking forward to it. Won’t have to wait long.
I’m in! We studied this operation when I was in the army and it is one of the greatest diversions in history, even better than the launch of Desert Storm. I can’t wait to see a movie about it. I believe it is the first?
I don’t remember seeing any movie about it which is really hard to believe. I just finished the movie a few hours ago but it’s still under embargo. Working on my review now.