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Family of Spies 

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Mini-Series (1990)
Park any subtlety at the threshold. The spits and spats keep the anchor shining in this Naval officer adventure. Who knows what is next? The children are precious. The interplay between ... See full summary »

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Complete series cast summary:
Powers Boothe ...  John A. Walker Jr 2 episodes, 1990
Lesley Ann Warren ...  Barbara Walker 2 episodes, 1990
Lili Taylor ...  Laura Walker 2 episodes, 1990
Graham Beckel ...  Jerry A. Whitworth 2 episodes, 1990
Andrew Lowery Andrew Lowery ...  Michael L. Walker 2 episodes, 1990
Jenny Robertson ...  Rachel 2 episodes, 1990
Charles Stransky 2 episodes, 1990
Ken Jenkins 2 episodes, 1990
Elena Wohl ...  Cynthia Walker 2 episodes, 1990
Gordon Clapp ...  Capt. Burnett 2 episodes, 1990
John M. Jackson ...  Arthur J. Walker 2 episodes, 1990
John Wesley ...  Capt. Lennox 2 episodes, 1990
Jeroen Krabbé ...  Boris One 2 episodes, 1990
Cynthia Bain ...  Linda Rayfield 2 episodes, 1990
William Frankfather ...  Adm. Tully 2 episodes, 1990
Ben Meyerson Ben Meyerson ...  Josh 2 episodes, 1990
Garn Stephens Garn Stephens ...  Mary 2 episodes, 1990
Nicholas Rutherford ...  Michael #1 2 episodes, 1990
Ashley Bank ...  Laura #1 2 episodes, 1990
Anndi McAfee ...  Cynthia #1 2 episodes, 1990
Lauren Woodland ...  Margaret #1 2 episodes, 1990
Ryan McWhorter Ryan McWhorter ...  Michael #2 2 episodes, 1990
Devin Sidell ...  Laura #2 2 episodes, 1990
Teri Johnston Teri Johnston ...  Cynthia #2 2 episodes, 1990
Shonda Whipple Shonda Whipple ...  Margaret #2 2 episodes, 1990
Arnold Bankston Arnold Bankston ...  Man with briefcase 2 episodes, 1990
G. Smokey Campbell ...  Sampson 2 episodes, 1990
Hutton Cobb Hutton Cobb ...  Officer of the Deck 2 episodes, 1990
Eliot Eliot ...  Chief of the Watch 2 episodes, 1990
Timothy Fall ...  Seaman Drake 2 episodes, 1990
Milo Kevin Floeter Milo Kevin Floeter ...  Bosun 2 episodes, 1990
Bo Foxworth ...  Cutter 2 episodes, 1990
Spencer Garrett ...  Aide 2 episodes, 1990
Denise Gentile ...  Kim 2 episodes, 1990
Ivan G'Vera ...  KGB agent #1 2 episodes, 1990
Patrick Johnston Patrick Johnston ...  Stevens 2 episodes, 1990
Billy Kane Billy Kane ...  Staff officer 2 episodes, 1990
Elizabeth Kemp ...  Kay 2 episodes, 1990
Lawrence Kennedy Lawrence Kennedy ...  Fire control officer 2 episodes, 1990
Ronald William Lawrence ...  Watch officer 2 episodes, 1990
Boris Lee Krutonog ...  Jumpseat man 2 episodes, 1990
Christine Lunde Christine Lunde ...  Irene (Waitress) 2 episodes, 1990
Aaron Lustig ...  FBI agent #1 2 episodes, 1990
Ivars Mikelson Ivars Mikelson ...  Ivan 2 episodes, 1990
Carolyn Mignini ...  Edith 2 episodes, 1990
Jerry Prell Jerry Prell ...  Capt. Ball 2 episodes, 1990
Louis Sandoval Louis Sandoval ...  Duty Officer #1 2 episodes, 1990
Tony Abatemarco ...  Examiner #2 2 episodes, 1990
Vaughn Armstrong ...  Szady 2 episodes, 1990
James Arone ...  Agent Price 2 episodes, 1990
Tom Astor ...  Agent Hitt 2 episodes, 1990
Angela Bassett ...  Bev Andress 2 episodes, 1990
Victoria J. Boyd Victoria J. Boyd ...  Eli 2 episodes, 1990
Wren T. Brown ...  FBI assistant 2 episodes, 1990
Mary Chalon Mary Chalon ...  FBI Agent #2 2 episodes, 1990
Jeffrey Alan Chandler ...  FBI supervisor #1 2 episodes, 1990
Paul Collins Paul Collins ...  FBI supervisor #2 2 episodes, 1990
Edwin Gerard Edwin Gerard ...  Tkachenko 2 episodes, 1990
Rueben Grundy ...  Computer Expert 2 episodes, 1990
Kimberly Hall Kimberly Hall ...  Receptionist 2 episodes, 1990
John Harnagel John Harnagel ...  Justice of the Peace 2 episodes, 1990
Barry Heins ...  Rafferty 2 episodes, 1990
Wynn Hollingsworth Wynn Hollingsworth ...  Recruiting officer 2 episodes, 1990
Richard Hoyt-Miller Richard Hoyt-Miller ...  Section Chief 2 episodes, 1990
Wyatt Knight ...  Examiner #1 2 episodes, 1990
Eric Lawrence Eric Lawrence ...  Man with bad back 2 episodes, 1990
Robert Mangiardi ...  Chief 2 episodes, 1990
Ron Perkins ...  Arnie Davis 2 episodes, 1990
Robert Pescovitz ...  Agent Brahe 2 episodes, 1990
Mark Phelan ...  Detective 2 episodes, 1990
Jeris Poindexter ...  Agent Jax 2 episodes, 1990
Peter Radon Peter Radon ...  Wagner 2 episodes, 1990
Whitney Reis Whitney Reis ...  Sue 2 episodes, 1990
Adrianne Sachs Adrianne Sachs ...  Christy Barnstrom 2 episodes, 1990
John Howard Swain John Howard Swain ...  Ray 2 episodes, 1990
Chuck Walling Chuck Walling ...  Commandant 2 episodes, 1990
Terry Wills Terry Wills ...  Duty Officer #2 2 episodes, 1990


Park any subtlety at the threshold. The spits and spats keep the anchor shining in this Naval officer adventure. Who knows what is next? The children are precious. The interplay between home, the office, and the boat keep you edgy. Sadness sets in as you see the decline of loyalty to purpose. Written by amethystxjane

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Release Date:

4 February 1990 (USA) See more »

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Círculo de espías See more »

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The real 'John A. Walker, Jr.' died on 28 August 2014 at the age of 77 in federal prison in Butner, North Carolina, USA while serving a life sentence. See more »


At the beginning of the movie Walker is shown walking down the gangplank. As he approaches the Officer of the Deck the emblem on his cap is that of a Navy Warrant Officer. As he walks down the plank his hat emblem is that of a naval officer. When he gets into his MG the hat emblem is back to the Warrant officer emblem. See more »

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what an s.o.b.
8 January 2005 | by widescreenguySee all my reviews

I can understand espionage when you're doing for your own country. I can understand it when you're doing for another country for ideological reasons (but still frown on it). but john walker did it out of unmitigated avarice. he wanted to live the high life of fancy apartments, a private plane, a boat and women. he did it for the money and only the money.

America maintained its upper hand in the spy business with most of the time superior technology, ie computers, satellite lenses, and other electronics. the russians maintained their position mostly by financing a huge payroll of traitors plus the advantage of freer movement in an open democratic society in the u.s.a. in the walker case it stretched to his military associates including his own children whom he encouraged to join the military and continue his spying.

the first time I heard about this area of spying was in a PBS documentary called 'spys secrets and submarines'. the safety of the entire population of north America was compromised by a dude by the name of ames who like walker, sold secrets for cash. the Americans had laid a listening device next to the cable the russians had put under the water going from moscow to their submarine base east of scandinavia. they were so confident they did not encrypt the transmissions. it provided a staggering wealth of intelligence until ames told them about it. lives of American agents were lost because of that betrayal. why ames and walker escaped execution is a mystery considering the American justice system routinely executes the poor and minorities for lesser offenses. the case of the rosenbergs comes to mind. every spy for the russians had a code name, but with the end of the cold war, break up of the soviet union and opening a previous classified documents, the truth came out that Ethel Rosenberg did NOT have a code name. the conclusion is that she was NOT a spy. yet she was executed and walker was not.

I found this video amongst the dreck at the discount bin at wal mart for 5 bucks. if you ever have a chance to pick it up do so. Powers Boothe did an excellent job of portraying the gradual slide of walker into full time spy. Lesley Ann Warren somewhat overacted but that could still be explained by the difficulty walker's wife found herself in finding out she was married to a spy for the russians. I was very fond of Ms Warren for a long time and liked that saucy slight lisp she has and those big eyes.

other players in this film have gone on to bigger things. for instance the chap who plays the brother also played the rear admiral in the TV series 'JAG'.

anyway, a very good portrayal of a true and very sad episode in American military intelligence.

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