MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 4,227 this week

Aldrich Ames: Traitor Within (1998)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Thriller  -  29 November 1998 (USA)
6.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 247 users  
Reviews: 9 user | 1 critic

Fact-based story about a 90's espionage case that was chronicled as the worst case of espionage in US history. Aldrich Ames was a middle class CIA agent, whose problems with alcohol and ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 07 Feb 2011
 
a list of 461 titles
created 12 Oct 2011
 
a list of 154 titles
created 11 May 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 17 Jan 2013
 
a list of 40 titles
created 20 Jan 2013
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Aldrich Ames: Traitor Within (TV Movie 1998)

Aldrich Ames: Traitor Within (TV Movie 1998) on IMDb 6.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Aldrich Ames: Traitor Within.
2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Deliberate Intent (TV Movie 2000)
Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A First Amendment scholar is recruited by an attorney to sue a publishing company after a hit man commits a triple murder by allegedly following a how-to manual the book company published. ... See full summary »

Director: Andy Wolk
Stars: Timothy Hutton, Ron Rifkin, Clark Johnson
WW 3 (TV Movie 2001)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Terrorists release a deadly biological-warfare virus in the United States.

Director: Robert Mandel
Stars: Timothy Hutton, Lane Smith, Marin Hinkle
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A street kid interrupts Nero Wolfe's dinner with his eyewitness account of a kidnapping. The next day, the boy is dead and his mother comes to the detective with her son's meager savings and dying wish to hire Wolfe to solve his murder.

Director: Bill Duke
Stars: Maury Chaykin, Timothy Hutton, Bill Smitrovich
The Assets (TV Mini-Series 2014)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

CIA counter-intelligence officer Sandy Grimes works to save Soviet intelligence officers from being exposed by a mole inside her organization.

Stars: Jodie Whittaker, Paul Rhys, Harriet Walter
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: John Mackenzie
Stars: David Hayman, Jake D'Arcy, Sean Scanlan
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The true story of a disillusioned military contractor employee and his drug pusher childhood friend who became walk-in spies for the Soviet Union.

Director: John Schlesinger
Stars: Timothy Hutton, Sean Penn, Pat Hingle
Strangers (TV Movie 1992)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Three provocative short stories. An American in Paris seduces a young man only to have the tables turned; a tourist recovering from an accident is alone but far from lonely; and an exchange... See full summary »

Director: Joan Tewkesbury
Stars: Linda Fiorentino, Joan Chen, Timothy Hutton
Mr. and Mrs. Loving (TV Movie 1996)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A moving and uplifting drama about the effects of interracial marriage in the 1960s. Friends since childhood, and loved by both families, this couple are exiled after their wedding and have... See full summary »

Director: Richard Friedenberg
Stars: Timothy Hutton, Lela Rochon, Ruby Dee
Deadly Voyage (TV Movie 1996)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When stowaways are found on board a Russian cargo ship, some of the officers and crew decide to dispose of them at sea. The last time they had a stowaway on board, the ship was fined ... See full summary »

Director: John Mackenzie
Stars: Omar Epps, Joss Ackland, Sean Pertwee
Taps (1981)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Military cadets take extreme measures to insure the future of their academy when its existence is threatened by local condo developers.

Director: Harold Becker
Stars: George C. Scott, Timothy Hutton, Ronny Cox
The Infiltrator (TV Movie 1995)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A freelancer reporter goes undercover and joins a Neo-Nazi hate group.

Director: John Mackenzie
Stars: Oliver Platt, Arliss Howard, Tony Haygarth
A Nero Wolfe Mystery (TV Series 2000)
Action | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Genius detective Nero Wolfe and his right-hand man, Archie Goodwin, solve seemingly impossible crimes.

Stars: Timothy Hutton, Maury Chaykin, Colin Fox
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Jeanne Vertefeuille
...
Rosario Ames
...
Brooks
...
Vlad
Robert Benedetti ...
Chief of Operations
Patricia Carroll Brown ...
Connie Drucker
Joyce Gordon ...
Sandy Grimes
Mike Shara ...
Tim Brett
...
Paul Ames
...
Harris
Alan McCullough ...
Nash
Michael Rhoades ...
George
Géza Kovács ...
Sergei Chuvakhin
Ivo Founey ...
Divokulsky
Edit

Storyline

Fact-based story about a 90's espionage case that was chronicled as the worst case of espionage in US history. Aldrich Ames was a middle class CIA agent, whose problems with alcohol and general ineptness had kept him from rising further in the ranks of the agency. Nonetheless he ran an indispensable effort recruiting Soviet double-agents and tracking their whereabouts. Faced with rising bills and an extravagant wife, who finds ways to run up major bills, Aldrich finds himself far in debt and trying to find a way out. He makes a decision to sell a couple of minor names to the Soviets to gain cash. Soon they want more and are willing to spend large amounts to get the names. Aldrich is lured by finally getting the opportunity to have major funds available. His wife is at first appalled by his traitorous actions, but then decides she also likes the cash and the things it brings. Fooled into thinking that he can keep getting away with it, he established an extravagant lifestyle that ... Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

agent | espionage | soviet | cia agent | arrest | See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and thematic elements | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

29 November 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A belső ellenség  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Meat and potatoes spy movie, could use a bit more suspense
12 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

I love spy flicks and this time we have Hutton revisiting a similar role to his character in Falcon and the Snowman although he's in a vehicle that doens't treat us to the action and intrigue that Falcon had. This one is more of a meat and potatoes offering. This movie is based on the real Aldrich Ames, who was the CIA operative who sold secrets to the Russians as the Cold War was winding down in the late 80s. Hutton does well as Ames as we see the character become disillusioned not with the idea of democracy, but with how the system operates. Ames does not quite fit in with the ex-frat boys he is working with but takes his lumps as he is passed over in being promoted. Obviously more intelligent than most of his cohorts, he becomes dismayed at how his ideas are put aside to make room for decisions based on policy rather than policy based on information gathered from intelligence operations. The movie glosses over parts of the story and details that might have made it more suspenseful. Hutton might be a bit young to for the role of a burnt-out career government worker, but it doesn't detract that much from the story. Pena also does well as his Columbian wife but her role is somewhat diminished by lack of screen time. And there is a little old lady who plays a consultant to the CIA that is given the task of figuring out who the spy is. She and her crack team of old hens suprised me with their no-nonsense, dogged determination to get to the bottom of the thing. As far as spy movies go, this one is ok. I liked it, but it lacked depth of classic spy flicks. Others that I recommend would be Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Falcon/Snowman as mentioned above, and No Way Out.


2 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Aldrich Ames: Traitor Within (1998) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?