10 things you need to know about ‘Allied’

‘Allied’ is released in Irish cinemas. The film follows Max (Brad Pitt) an intelligence officer in North Africa in 1942, who falls in love with French Resistance fighter Marianne (Marion Cotillard). When they reunite in London after their mission behind enemy lines, the pressure of war threaten to tear the couple apart.

To celebrate the release of ‘Allied’ in Irish cinemas, Movies.ie has gathered together 10 facts about the film that you really should know.

1. True Story
‘Allied’ writer Steven Knight said that the ‘Allied’ is based on a true story personally told to him at the age of 21. Knight has been holding on to this story for over 30 years.

2. Director
Robert Zemeckis signed on to direct ‘Allied’ in 2015. Zemeckis is having a very busy time in the past few years; he took a break after ‘A Christmas Carol’ in 2009, before releasing ‘Flight’ in 2012 and ‘The Walk’ in 2015. ‘Allied’ is Zemeckis’ 18th film as director.

3. One… Two… Three… Four
‘Allied’ is Brad Pitt’s fourth World War II movie, following ‘Inglourious Basterds’, ‘Beyond All Boundaries’ and ‘Fury’.

4. Second Time Out
‘Allied’ is Marion Cotillard’s second World War II film after ‘Lisa’ in 2001.

5. Accent changes
The character was initially French-Canadian but became British after Pitt was cast. Interestingly, Brad Pitt’s character’s surname, Vatan, means “homeland” in Turkish and Arabic.

6. Inspiration
The inspiration the costumes in ‘Allied’ were the 1942 films ‘Casablanca’ and ‘Now, Voyager’, where the costumes combined both simplicity and beauty.

7. Third Time Lucky
‘Allied’ the third Robert Zemeckis film to carry an R rating in the US; the first two being ‘Used Cars’ and ‘Flight’. ‘Allied’ is rated 15A in Ireland.

8. Cast
As well as Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, ‘Allied’ stars Jared Harris, Matthew Goode, Lizzy Caplan and August Diehl.

9. Reunited
‘Allied’ is Brad Pitt and Jared Harris’ third movie together. They also starred in ‘Ocean’s Twelve’ and ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’.

10. When can I see ‘Allied’?
‘Allied’ is released in Irish cinemas on November 25th 2016. Watch the trailer below…