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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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Aldrich Ames
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Jeanne Vertefeuille
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Rosario Ames
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Brooks
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Vlad
Robert Benedetti ...
Chief of Operations
Patricia Carroll Brown ...
Connie Drucker
Joyce Gordon ...
Sandy Grimes
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Tim Brett
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Paul Ames
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Harris
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Nash
Michael Rhoades ...
George
Géza Kovács ...
Sergei Chuvakhin
Ivo Founey ...
Divokulsky
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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 »
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29 November 1998 (USA)  »

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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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Timothy Hutton at work
21 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

Fascinating to see Timothy Hutton nearly disappear into this role, using subtleties to create the alcoholic, intellectual persona inside whose head there is a lot of action we don't otherwise see. A thoughtful movie. The meetings held in cocktail lounge/restaurants were interesting.


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