Netflix’s Operation Mincemeat trailer shows British soldiers using trickery to fool Nazi forces

Sometimes it takes a little trickery to defeat a dangerous enemy. It’s the theme of the next Netflix movie Ground Meat Operation, a new film that will be released in theaters and on Netflix in May. Ahead of its release, Netflix released the official trailer, giving us a look at stars Colin Firth and Matthew Macfadyen as WWII soldiers plotting a creative plan to fool Nazi forces, and it involves a corpse. Watch the trailer below to see what we mean.

John Madden conducts Ground Meat Operation from a screenplay by Michelle Ashford. The film is produced by Charles S. Cohen, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Kris Thykier. Simon Gillis and Christian McLaughlin executive produced. Starring Firth and Macfadyen, the film stars Kelly Macdonald, Penelope Wilton and Johnny Flynn.


Although set in wartime and dealing with very serious issues, the trailer shows that there are plenty of comedic moments in the film as well. By Netflix you can read the official synopsis of Ground Meat Operation below.

“The year is 1943. The Allies are determined to break Hitler’s grip on occupied Europe and plan to launch an all-out assault on Sicily; but they face an impossible challenge: how to protect the invading force of potential annihilation.It falls to two remarkable intelligence officers, Ewen Montagu (Colin Firth) and Charles Cholmondeley (Matthew Macfadyen) to dream up the most inspired and unlikely disinformation strategy of the war – centered on the most unlikely Secret Agents: One Dead Man OPERATION MINCEMEAT is the extraordinary, true story of an idea that hoped to turn the tide for the Allies – by taking impossibly high risks, defying logic and testing the nerves of its creators until ‘to the breaking point.’

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Operation Mincemeat is inspired by real events

Ground Meat Operation

Ground Meat Operation is, oddly enough, based on a true story. It is inspired by the story of Ewen Montagu, a spy and naval intelligence officer who helped organize and carry out the titular operation during World War II. Although seemingly a doomed plan, it was ultimately a success, leading to the liberation of Sicily from Nazi forces. Involving planting false documents on a corpse, the ruse ended up fooling Adolf Hitler, who bought into the hoax. It wasn’t hard for the filmmakers to see the potential to adapt the true story into a feature film.

“In the context of World War II narratives, the story of Operation Mincemeat is unique – a bizarre and seductive cinematic blend of high-level espionage and ingenious fiction, where the stakes could hardly be higher,” director John Madden said of the true story, per Deadline. “Michelle Ashford’s screenplay melds multiple strands and moods: tense, romantic, thrilling, surprisingly funny, and endlessly surprising. It tells a richly human story of soldiers we rarely see, who wage a different kind of war in shadow and darkness. deception, haunted by the awareness that certainty and the guarantee of success cannot be found.”

Ground Meat Operation hits theaters on Friday, May 6, followed by its streaming release on Netflix on Wednesday, May 11.

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