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Aldrich Ames: Traitor Within (1998)

Fact-based story about a 90's espionage case that was chronicled as the worst case of espionage in US history. Aldrich Ames was a middle class CIA agent, whose problems with alcohol and ... See full summary »

Director:

John Mackenzie

Writer:

Michael Burton
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2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Hutton ... Aldrich Ames
Joan Plowright ... Jeanne Vertefeuille
Elizabeth Peña ... Rosario Ames
C. David Johnson ... Brooks
Eugene Lipinski ... Vlad
Robert Benedetti Robert Benedetti ... Chief of Operations
Patricia Carroll Brown Patricia Carroll Brown ... Connie Drucker
Joyce Gordon ... Sandy Grimes
Mike Shara ... Tim Brett
Daniel Magder ... Paul Ames
Dwight McFee ... Harris
Alan McCullough ... Nash
Michael Rhoades Michael Rhoades ... George
Géza Kovács Géza Kovács ... Sergei Chuvakhin
Ivo Founey Ivo Founey ... Divokulsky
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Fact-based story about a 90's espionage case that was chronicled as the worst case of espionage in US history. Aldrich Ames was a middle class CIA agent, whose problems with alcohol and general ineptness had kept him from rising further in the ranks of the agency. Nonetheless he ran an indispensable effort recruiting Soviet double-agents and tracking their whereabouts. Faced with rising bills and an extravagant wife, who finds ways to run up major bills, Aldrich finds himself far in debt and trying to find a way out. He makes a decision to sell a couple of minor names to the Soviets to gain cash. Soon they want more and are willing to spend large amounts to get the names. Aldrich is lured by finally getting the opportunity to have major funds available. His wife is at first appalled by his traitorous actions, but then decides she also likes the cash and the things it brings. Fooled into thinking that he can keep getting away with it, he established an extravagant lifestyle that ... Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 November 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aldrich Ames: America Betrayed See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Timothy Hutton here plays Aldrich Ames, a notorious real-life spy. He played another notorious real-life spy, Christopher Boyce, in The Falcon and the Snowman (1985) See more »

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The most dangerous spy story of deceit starring Timothy Hutton.
1 December 1998 | by discostu-5See all my reviews

This movie follows the story of Aldrich Ames, the most dangerous spy in the history of the CIA. It stars Timothy Hutton, who also played a spy in The Falcon and the Snowman. It was very interesting to see how he fell into the life of a spy and how he was able to avoid detection for some 8 years. It was also interesting to see how the CIA works from the inside, assuming that this movie is somewhat accurate in its depection. Overall, I would recommend this movie especially if you are someone who likes spy movies or movies about government ineptitude.


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