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Aldrich Ames: Traitor Within (1998)

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 »



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


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>

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




Release Date:

29 November 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aldrich Ames: America Betrayed  »

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Timothy Hutton here plays Aldrich Ames, a notorious real-life spy. He played another notorious real-life spy, Christopher Boyce, in The Falcon and the Snowman (1985) See more »

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The True Story of the Man Considered as the Most Infamous Spy in American History
13 February 2004 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Aldrich Ames is the CIA Chief of Soviet Counter-Intelligence for a long time, without having any promotion. His Colombian wife Rosario Ames (Elizabeth Peña) is a very greed woman, pressing him for a better life and status. Full of debts, and with low self-esteem, he decides to look for the Soviet Ambassador and offers a list of double agents to him per US$ 50,000.00. The money comes easily and Aldrich does not stop anymore, delivering many American secrets to Soviet Union along eight years. The experienced agent Jeanne Vertefeuille (Joan Plowright) comes to CIA Headquarters to conduct an investigation of the leak of information. With the collapse of the communist system, Aldrich becomes desperate and commits a final serious mistake. This movie-for-cable-TV is very above the average. The story hooks the attention of the viewer, as well as the performance of Timothy Hutton, Elizabeth Peña and Joan Plowright. The screenplay focuses mostly in the family, the financial problem and the lack of perspective in the career of Aldrich Ames, and the viewer may end the movie with some sympathy for him. Maybe this is the flaw in the plot, since the guy indeed was a disgusting traitor of his country for money. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): `Perfil de Um Espião' (`Profile of a Spy')

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