The Angel (2018 American film)

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The Angel
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Film poster
Directed by Ariel Vromen
Produced by
  • Simon Istolainen
  • Zafrir Kochanovsky
  • Antoine Stioui
  • Matt O'Toole (Executive Producer)
  • Esther Hornstein (Co-Executive Producer)
Written by
  • David Arata
Based on The Angel: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel
by Uri Bar-Joseph
Music by Pinar Toprak
Cinematography Terry Stacey
Edited by Danny Rafic
  • Adama Pictures
  • TTV Productions
  • Sumatra Films
Distributed by Netflix
Release date
September 14, 2018
Country United States
  • English
  • Arabic
  • Hebrew
Budget $12 million

The Angel is an Israeli-American spy thriller film directed by Ariel Vromen and starring Marwan Kenzari and Toby Kebbell among others. It is an adaptation of the non-fiction book titled The Angel: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel and written by Uri Bar-Joseph and translated by David Hazony.



The film highlights the story of an Egyptian spy Ashraf Marwan, a confidant of President Anwar Sadat, turning into a spy for Israel. Ashraf Marwan was the son-in-law of Egypt’s President Gamal Abdel Nasser, but later became Sadat’s (Nasser’s successor) helping hand. One day in 1960s, he telephoned the Israeli embassy from a London’s telephone booth to offer his services as a spy. The Mossad enlisted his services and Marwan began passing vital information to Israel. He warned the Mossad about the planned Arab surprise attack that started the Yom Kippur War in 1973, preventing what could have resulted in a huge number of Israeli casualties.[1]


On May 5, 2017, it was announced that Marwan Kenzari was set to star in The Angel for director Ariel Vromen from a screenplay by David Arata with Netflix releasing the film.[2]

The film began production in early July 2017 in London, England[2] and also shot in the United Kingdom, Bulgaria, and Morocco.[3] The rest of the cast was confirmed on July 25, 2017 with the film in principal production.[3]


The film is scheduled to be released on September 14, 2018, although originally it was scheduled for June 15, 2018.[4]

Critical response[edit]

A number of Egyptians criticized the film on social media, dismissing the film as Israeli propaganda and denouncing Vromen’s casting of an Israeli actor to portray Anwar Sadat.[5]


  1. ^ "Netflix film 'The Angel' spotlights Egyptian spy who tipped off Israel in 1973". Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b Galuppo, Mia (2017-05-05). "Marwan Kenzari to Topline Netflix's Real-Life Spy Drama 'The Angel' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-05-05.
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  4. ^ Parfitt, Orlando (January 22, 2018). "15 Netflix Original movies to look out for in 2018". Screen International. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  5. ^ "Netflix film 'The Angel' spotlights Egyptian spy who tipped off Israel in 1973". Retrieved 13 September 2018.

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