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Review: A Call to Spy

This based-on-a-true-story WWII drama centers on three women in a British spy agency you probably never heard of – the SOE, Special Operations Executive. Early in the war, it was set up to recruit women to enter Nazi-occupied France, send back intelligence, and build the resistance. Churchill figured that women could move around more inconspicuously than men. In the film Vera Atkins (Stana Katic, “Castle”) a secretary of the SOE is in charge of recruitment and selects two women to send abroad – Virginia Hall (Sarah Megan Thomas), an American woman with a wooden leg who’s been turned down for the US diplomatic corps, and Noor Inayat Khan (Radhika Atpe), a Muslim pacifist who’s a crack wireless operator. They both distinguished themselves, so much so in Hall’s case that Klaus Barbie gave orders to hunt her down.