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Breach (2007)

FBI upstart Eric O'Neill enters into a power game with his boss, Robert Hanssen, an agent who was put on trial for selling secrets to the Soviet Union.

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Cast

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Storyline

In February, 2001, Robert Hanssen, a senior agent with 25 years in the FBI, is arrested for spying. Jump back two months: Eric O'Neill, a computer specialist who wants to be made an agent is assigned to clerk for Hanssen and to write down everything Hanssen does. O'Neill's told it's an investigation of Hanssen's sexual habits. Within weeks, the crusty Hanssen, a devout Catholic, has warmed to O'Neill, who grows to respect Hanssen. O'Neill's wife resents Hanssen's intrusiveness; the personal and professional stakes get higher. How they catch Hanssen and why he spies become the film's story. Can O'Neill help catch red-handed "the worst spy in history" and hold onto his personal life? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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How one man betrayed the security of a nation. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for violence, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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16 February 2007 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,261,835, 18 February 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$33,231,264
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The true real life story of this film, as learned by the general public, began only months before September 11, 2001. On February 18 of that year, as the result of an ongoing investigation by a committed team of more than five hundred men and women in the FBI, Special Agent Robert Hanssen was arrested and charged with committing espionage. See more »

Goofs

The metro station labeled as "Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter" that Kate exits when meeting with Eric is actually the Federal Triangle metro stop. The adjacent Post Office Pavilion is visible in the background. See more »

Quotes

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John Ashcroft: [news clip] Sunday, the FBI successfully concluded an investigation to end a serious breach in the security of the United States. The arrest of Robert Hanssen, for espionage, should remind us all, every American should know, that our nation, our free society, is an international target, in a dangerous world.
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Referenced in Hollywood's Top Ten: Computer Age Movies (2010) See more »

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Near You
Written by Francis Craig, Kermit Goell
Performed by The Andrews Sisters
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Academy Award Caliber Performances
16 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

Chris Cooper, already an established actor, gives the performance of a lifetime as Robert Hansen, the FBI agent arrested for 25 years of espionage against the United States. Cooper convincingly portrays the smugness, cockiness, and "holier than thou" attitude which eventually (in my eyes) led to Hansen's downfall.

The movie is tense and moves swiftly without compromising the story line. Ryan Phillipe is equally impressive as the young FBI employee who is brought on to earn Hansen's trust and find out what made him tick.

This is a must-see - I saw it with about 100 people ... and from what I heard, almost everyone was still talking about it afterward as they walked out and in the bathrooms - and all were great comments.

Definitely an early Oscar contender for 2008 in my opinion.


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