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
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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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Breach is excellent true-to-life story of Robert Hanssen
Breach is based on the true story of the capture of Robert Hanssen, an
FBI agent responsible for many treasonous acts against the United
States. Chris Cooper is excellent throughout in portraying a Catholic
family man who goes to church constantly with his wife and kids while
hiding his sexual perversions. Ryan Phillippe is Eric O'Neill,
Hanssen's new assistant who is assigned by boss Laura Linney to keep
tabs on Hanssen to use as evidence against him. Caroline Dhavernas as
Eric's European wife who wants Eric to come clean about his job, Gary
Cole as another agent, and Dennis Haysbert as Linney's superior round
out the fine cast in a film that slowly but surely builds up suspense
in the various ways of snooping that brings the bureau closer to
catching Hanssen in the act of treason. Don't expect James Bond or
Alias action here. Do expect an excellent drama about an agent who
almost slipped from the FBI's hands.
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