Released in 2016, Ally is a war thriller starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard. The first plays Wing Commander Max Vatan, a Canadian intelligence officer, while the second tries Marianne Beauséjour, a French Resistance fighter. It is directed by Robert Zemeckis with the screenplay written by Steven Knight. Know some interesting facts about the movie.
Anecdotes about allied films
Brad Pitt has some dialogue in French in the film. Marion Cotillard took the initiative to teach these lines to the Oscar winner. Born in Paris, France, it is her mother tongue.
Ally was nominated for Best Costume Design at the 89th Academy Awards. The costumes in the film were inspired by the classic hits Casablanca and Now, Voyager, both released in 1942. The outfits in these films combine beauty and simplicity.
A Brad Pitt anecdote related to Ally is that this is his fifth project which takes place during WWII. He has already appeared in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Beyond all borders (2009), Inglorious Basterds (2009), and Fury (2014). In the last two, he fought against the Nazis.
The wedding venue is the York Minster Pub, which is the proper vintage name for the French House Pub in Soho, London. The place was actually used by the French military base in London during WWII. The set was also built to make the place bigger.
Ally also has Jared Harris as Colonel Frank Heslop. This marks her third film with Brad Pitt. The duo starred in Ocean’s Twelve in 2004 and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
This is Marion Cotillard’s second film based on World War II. The first was a romantic Franco-Swiss war drama film Lisa (2001). She played the younger version of the titular character with Jeanne Moreau as the older version.
Oscar-winning filmmaker Robert Zemeckis has directed around 20 films and Allied is just his third R-rated film. The other two are Used vehicles (1980) and Flight (2012). Zemeckis has made acclaimed films like the Back to the Future trilogy, Forrest Gump, What Hides Beneath, Cast Away, The Polar Express, The Walk, and more.
Ally the cast includes Simon McBurney, Lizzy Caplan, Daniel Betts, Matthew Goode, Anton Lesser and others. It shows Max and Marianne posing as a fake married couple during a mission in Casablanca. They end up falling in love and starting a family. Their relationship changes when Max is told his wife may be a spy, growing trust issues, and mind games.
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