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Breach (2007)

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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.



(screenplay), (screenplay) (as William Rotko) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rich Garces
John O'Neill
Jim Olsen
D.I.A. Suit
Agent Nece
Scott Gibson ...
Agent Loper (as Courtenay Stevens)


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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Inspired by the true story of the greatest security breach in U.S. history See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

16 February 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hanssen  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Producers Scott Strauss and Robert F. Newmyer of Outlaw Productions snapped up the movie rights to Eric M. O'Neill's story, and along with O'Neill, brought on the screenwriting team of Adam Mazer and William L. Rotko to draft the early versions of the film's screenplay. See more »


When Eric O'Neill removes Robert Hanssen's Palm Pilot from his briefcase you can clearly see the Palm Pilot Model is a Palm III, which doesn't use an SD memory chip, which is lying next to it. This Palm has a 8 meg of internal memory only - no External memory card. See more »


[first lines]
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 Breaching the Truth: The Making of 'Breach' (2007) See more »


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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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