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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According to the TCMDb, the film project was originally included on the 2005 Black List" for unproduced screenplays and then later "Universal [Pictures] acquired the project from Intermedia". See more »

Goofs

Signs on one of the Washington, D.C., metro stations used in the movie read "Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter," but the words "Penn Quarter" were not added to the station name until January 2004, three years after the movie takes place. 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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Great plot twists without giving away too much along the way
31 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We had the opportunity to see the film and engage in a Q&A with writer/director Billy Ray.

The movie was so tightly written and portrayed events in such a way that in a very short amount of time you understood so much more than was covered by all of the books and newspaper accounts of the incident involving Robert Hanssen.

The acting was fantastic with Chris Cooper way out in front giving another amazing performance.

The Q&A with Billy Ray revealed a man who is so skilled at his craft and so methodical and strategic yet at the same time plagued by unnecessary insecurity.

This is a must see!


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