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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.

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

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$12,261,835 (USA) (16 February 2007)

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$32,958,840 (USA) (6 April 2007)
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During an appearance on the radio program "Fresh Air with Terry Gross," the real Eric M. O'Neill told Gross that the real Robert Hanssen had a crush on the movie star Catherine Zeta-Jones, and he used to watch her movies at the office while he was supposed to be working. This is briefly referred to in Breach (2007) when investigators find DVDs of The Mask of Zorro (1998) and Entrapment (1999) among Hanssen's effects. See more »

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When Hanson and O'Neill are driving on the highway, the Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts appears almost directly to the left of O'Neill. The screen flashes to Hanson, then when it goes back to O'Neill, the Kennedy Center is farther away, as if they are just now driving toward it. See more »

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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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Slow but Authentic
3 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Breach" is slow - slow enough to recommend waiting to rent for most people. It is a good story, but the material requires the methodical pacing that will bore viewers hoping for car chases and gun fights.

The most authentic part of the movie is its attention to detail. The interior shots look like the drab, boring government offices they portray. This wonderfully realistic touch will be lost on those that haven't toiled in such holes; it is nice that a movie finally depicts a governmental office that looks like one, instead of a futuristic, gleaming movie version that has more in common with the starship Enterprise.

Intentionally or not, the drabness goes beyond the office spaces (apologies to - yeahhh - Gary Cole). Laura Linney's hair is flat and dull, and she's as pale as a ghost. All of the exterior shots are cloudy with a 70% chance of showers, like DC all winter long. The somber look of the movie enhances theme, but will probably leave some viewers with a bad taste.

As a retired intelligence analyst, I enjoyed this movie because it reminds us that traitors exist, and they cause damage to our national security. Like "United 93" it isn't easy or enjoyable to watch, but the subject matter is thought provoking.


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