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The Spy Behind Home Plate (2019)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 24 May 2019 (USA)
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Telling the story of Moe Berg, an enigmatic Jewish catcher during baseball's Golden Age who joined the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) to spy for the U.S. on the Nazis' atomic bomb program.

Director:

Aviva Kempner

Writer:

Aviva Kempner

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Credited cast:
Bruce Adams Bruce Adams ... Himself
Elden Auker Elden Auker ... Himself (archive footage)
Brad Ausmus ... Himself
Irwin Berg Irwin Berg ... Himself (archive footage)
Moe Berg ... Himself (archive footage)
Sam Berg Sam Berg ... Himself (archive footage)
Warren Berg Warren Berg ... Himself (archive footage)
Ira Berkow ... Himself
Stan Bernard Stan Bernard ... Himself
Jonathan Blank Jonathan Blank ... Himself
Earl Brodie ... Himself (archive footage)
Bob Broeg Bob Broeg ... Himself (archive footage)
Horace Calvert ... Himself (archive footage)
Joe Cascarella Joe Cascarella ... Himself (archive footage)
William Colby ... Himself (archive footage)
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In this first ever feature-length documentary about the enigmatic Morris "Moe" Berg, award-winning filmmaker Aviva Kempner again focuses her camera on a little-known Jewish hero. From the streets of Newark to five major league teams during baseball's Golden Age to his secret life spying for the OSS during WWII, Berg's improbable story is told with rare historical footage and revealing interviews with family and an All-Star roster from the worlds of history, sports and spycraft.

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Documentary

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Not Rated
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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 2019 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$101,041, 13 June 2019
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Ciesla Foundation See more »
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Color
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Intercut with WWII period footage is a black and white shot of the map of Europe being unrolled. It is the map of the present day European political boundaries, not appropriate for WWII. See more »

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Great Doc *********
11 June 2019 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

I normally avoid documentaries because they often, by their nature, are too subjective. But "The Spy Behind Home Plate" is different in that it seems more objective than most (I think I'm confusing myself). By this I mean it treats its subject almost like part of a larger story, a story part baseball, war and travelogue. It was interesting, absorbing, rewarding, informative - all those adjectives and any others you can add. This movie is the best kept secret in or out of Hollywood in some time.

Added bonus: Contained in this picture is one of the best musical scores in years. Do you like 30's and 40's tunes? This one is loaded with background songs By Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Astaire/Rogers musicals and lots of others. This picture is worth your time - the music alone is worth the price of admission.

9/10* - Website no longer prints my star rating.


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