Code Name: Emerald

Date: 1985
Director: Jonathan Sanger
Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, NBC Productions, National Broadcasting

Stars: Ed Harris, Max von Sydow, Horst Buchholz, Helmut Berger, Cyrielle Clair, Eric Stoltz
Location(s): Paris, Île-de-France

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Storyline:

An undercover agent is sent to France in order to rescue an American Lieutenant who is vital to the success of the D-Day landings.

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Screen captures by Phil Wilkinson

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The titles roll over a montage of stills featuring London and Paris locations. Here's Tower Bridge taken from Tower Pier in EC3.

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Battersea Power Station seen from across the Thames off Grosvenor Road SW1 with Battersea Railway Bridge, originally Cremorne Bridge, to the right.

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Over in France, the stills of locations continue with many also featuring within the story. Pont Alexandre III in Paris 75008 with the Eiffel Tower in the distance.

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Square Rapp, Paris 7 with a closer view of the Eiffel Tower beyond Avenue Rapp. A similar view was seen in 'The Sicilians'.

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The vertical-lift bridge takes Rue de Crimée over the Canal de l’Ourcq in the 19th arrondissement.

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The Temple of Love on the edge of Lac Daumesnil in the Bois de Vincennes, Paris 12.

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The story begins as gates are opened to admit SS Colonel Ernst Ritter to meet with Army Colonel Jurgen Brausch and General Walter Hoffman at Gestapo Headquarters.

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The shot tilts to see the car enter the grounds of the Headquarters.

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The Mercedes-Benz Cabriolet is driven towards the house.

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The camera pans with the vehicle to find the building where Hoffman demands that an Allied 'Overlord' is captured to discover the date and landing sites in advance of D-Day.

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In England, Colonel Peters (Patrick Stewart) and Sir Geoffrey Macklin (Graham Crowden) watch double agent Augustus Lang plays cricket.

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Known to the enemy as 'Emerald', Lang waits in a derelict factory for his contact Callaghan to appear.

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Augustus 'Gus' Lang (Ed Harris) gives Patrick Callaghan (Tony Rohr) details of an exercise involving 'Overlords' in Lyme Bay.

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After the decoy exercise is cancelled to be replaced by a genuine D-Day rehearsal, Colonel Peters drives Gus to Dorset and the site of an enemy attack.

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Captured 'Overlord' Lieutenant Andy Wheeler is taken to to Paris for interrogation. Château de Vincennes in Vincennes, Île-de-France to the east of Paris.

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Gus is called to Paris by Colonel Brausch to befriend Lieutenant Wheeler and learn the details of the anticipated invasion. Rue de Crimée crossing Canal de l’Ourcq in Quartier du Pont-de-Flandre.

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In his van, Henri, a fishmonger and member of the French Resistance, drives Gus into the centre of Paris.

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Henri drops Gus off in the square after giving him instructions on where and how he is to meet the contact who will relay messages back to England.

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Henri signals to a woman, Jasmine (Julie Jézéquel), waiting in a nearby doorway.

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A vélotaxi Driver (Daniel Breton) offers his services to Gus.

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The cycle rickshaw carries the double agent through the enemy occupied streets of Paris.

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Ahead, Soldiers bundle and injured civilian into a waiting vehicle.

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As the journey continues, a queue outside a bakers comes into view.

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The vélotaxi Driver accepts no fare at Gus's destination.

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Jasmine makes her was to a church where she signals that Gus has arrived safely on a hidden radio.

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Gus browses in a shopping arcade before noticing that he is being watched. Galerie Vivienne off Rue de la Banque, Paris 2.

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When Gus disappears from sight, the tailing Gestapo Agent frantically runs from the arcade to search for him. Galerie Vivienne, one of the 19th century Passages couverts de Paris.

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The Agent runs towards one of the exits. Galerie Vivienne has been registered as a historical monument since 1974.

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Descending from his hiding place, Gus begins to make his way to meet his contact. Galerie Vivienne in the 2e arrondissement.

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Gus leaves the shopping arcade.

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Le passage des Deux-Pavillons in the 1er arrondissement with the steps running down to Rue de Beaujolais and Péristyle de Beaujolais across the street.

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Ensuring that he has escaped his pursuer, Gus descends into the Palais Royal métro station. This entrance to the Métro is on Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1.

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On the platform, Gus waits for the first train after 10 o'clock. The sign reads Palais Royal but this is the disused part of Porte des Lilas station which also appears in 'Metroland'. The train entering the platform is comprised of Sprague-Thomson stock.

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Claire Jouvet (Cyrielle Clair) alights at Concorde after making contact with Gus on the train. The disused platforms at Porte des Lilas station beneath the intersection of Boulevard Sérurier, Rue de Belleville, Avenue Gambetta, Boulevard Mortier and Avenue in the 19th arrondissement.

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Known as Captain Lang to the enemy, Emerald makes his way to the prison in Vincennes. Château de Vincennes in Vincennes is now the main base of France's Defence Historical Service.

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General Walter Hoffman (Horst Buchholz) explains that Captain Lang will get to know Lieutenant Wheeler in prison before trying to gain information. The background footbridge links Île de Bercy with Île de Reuilly in Lac Daumesnil, Bois de Vincennes.

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Having been placed in Lieutenant Wheeler's cell for a few hours, Gus is released and makes his way to meet Claire at the Palais Royal gardens. Galerie du Jardin, Paris 75001.

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Gus buys flowers for Claire who is to pose as his girlfriend. Galerie du Jardin with the Jardin du Palais Royal filling the background.

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The flowers are handed to Claire before the days message for transmission is given. The Jardin du Palais-Royal on Rue de Montpensier.

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The pair walk together through the gardens. The location also features in 'Metroland'.

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Keeping a sharp lookout, Claire makes her way to see Jasmine.

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The two young women greet each other and Gus's message is passed on.

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Meeting again, Gus tells Claire that they should start to go to more expensive places. The corner of Quai de la Tournelle and Pont de l'Archevêché in the 5th arrondissement. The area is seen in 'So Long at the Fair', 'Paris Blues' and 'How to Steal a Million'.

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Questions are asked about Claire's son's father as the couple get to know each other better. Quais de la Seine below Quai de la Tournelle with Notre-Dame Cathedral in the background.

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Gus escorts Claire home. Quais de la Seine with Pont de l'Archevêché crossing the River Seine.

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During the night, enemy Soldiers arrive to arrest one of Claire's neighbours. Square Rapp in the 7th arrondissement.

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Back in prison, Captain Lang and Lieutenant Andy Wheeler (Eric Stoltz) are allowed time to walk together out of earshot of the guards. The donjon of Château de Vincennes.

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During their time in the courtyard, the Lieutenant is told that Gus is a double agent working for the OSS. Château de Vincennes is a Royal fortress dating from the 14th and 17th centuries.

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Watched from a distance by Colonel Brausch, the two create a believable story to give to the enemy. Château de Vincennes is also seen in 'Love in the Afternoon'.

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Claire arrives to pass more information on to Jasmine but is horrified to see Soldiers marching her away.

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Betrayed by Claire's former boyfriend, Jasmine is for questioning.

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Claire makes her way to send a message to England.

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Watched by General Hoffman, Claire enters the church where the radio transmitter is located.

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Colonel Brausch watches General Hoffman leave after a meeting.

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Having travelled from England, Callaghan waits to meet with General Hoffman.

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The General meets the mercenary agent who advises that Lieutenant Wheeler's medical records have been altered to prevent his interrogation by normal methods.

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Dressed in an SS uniform, Captain Lang and Colonel Jurgen Brausch (Max von Sydow) march Lieutenant Wheeler from his cell after General Hoffman is disposed of.

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As Guards attempt to contact General Hoffman, the exhausted Lieutenant is steered towards freedom.

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Revealed to be an Allied undercover agent, Colonel Brausch supports Wheeler as Gus urges him onward.

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With the Lieutenant safely in a waiting car, Gus asks if the Colonel will come with them to Calais.

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Declining the offer, Colonel Brausch watches as Gus drives the Matford V8 towards the prison gates.

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Through the car's rear window the Colonel is seen to be watching Gus and the Lieutenant's progress.

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The car leaves the inner grounds of the prison. Château de Vincennes in Vincennes.

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Soldiers march across the road in front as the barrier at the gatehouse is lowered. Château de Vincennes, Paris.

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As the alarm is raised, Gus speeds up to break through the barrier.

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With enemy shots missing their mark, Gus accelerates away.

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The car speeds through the French country side . . . .

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. . . . on towards Calais and a waiting flight to England.