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Family of Spies (1990)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  4 February 1990 (USA)
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Fact based story of John A. Walker, Jr., a Navy Chief Warrant Officer with access to top secret cryptographic communications. As a result of mounting debts, he sold secrets to the Soviets ... See full summary »

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Barbara Walker
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Laura Walker
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Jerry A. Whitworth
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Michael L. Walker
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Rachel
Charles Stransky
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Cynthia Walker (as Elena Stiteler)
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Capt. Burnett
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Arthur J. Walker
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Capt. Lennox
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Boris One
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Linda Rayfield
William Frankfather ...
Adm. Tully
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Fact based story of John A. Walker, Jr., a Navy Chief Warrant Officer with access to top secret cryptographic communications. As a result of mounting debts, he sold secrets to the Soviets in 1967, a practice that he continued thereafter. He further sought to involve his four children into the espionage until his wife caught onto his activities. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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At the beginning of the movie Walker is shown walking down the gangplank. As he approaches the Officer of the Deck the emblem on his cap is that of a Navy Warrant Officer. As he walks down the plank his hat emblem is that of a naval officer. When he gets into his MG the hat emblem is back to the Warrant officer emblem. See more »

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Ivans spies were Uncle Sams finest.
30 May 2000 | by (Auburn, Me) – See all my reviews

This is one of those made for TV films (and there aren't many left like this one) that grabs your attention fast and your hooked. The true story of U.S. Navy Chief Warrant Officer John Walker who had access to Top Secret material and sold these goods to the Soviets. The film covers several years as Walker spies for the Soviets along with his brother and a buddy then retires from the Navy and enlists the services of his own son who was serving in the Navy. Powers Booth does not resemble the real John Walker in any way and I found this to be a little distracting but nonetheless gives a solid performance, as does Lesley Ann Warren as his wife. The film is a little on the long side but well told.

It was interesting that when the Walker case broke the U.S. Navy then began to crack down on security. Having been stationed on a Navy Combat ship at the time every crewmember on board became a suspect to the same things Walker had done. Everyone with the exception of Officers and Chief Petty Officers who it was claimed didn't do such treasonous things. However Walker his brother Arthur and their buddy Whitworth were Officers and Chief Petty Officers. This film helps expose the often times hypocritical nature of the military yet also shows that the nation can never truly be safe from espionage.


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