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The Catcher Was a Spy (2018)

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A major league baseball player, Moe Berg, lives a double life working for the Office of Strategic Services.

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Ben Lewin

Writers:

Robert Rodat, Nicholas Dawidoff (based upon the book: Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg by)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Paul Rudd ... Moe Berg
Connie Nielsen ... Koranda
Sienna Miller ... Estella Huni
Guy Pearce ... Robert Furman
Shea Whigham ... Joe Cronin
Mark Strong ... Werner Heisenberg
Paul Giamatti ... Samuel Goudsmit
Jeff Daniels ... William J. Donovan
Hiroyuki Sanada ... Kawabata
Tom Wilkinson ... Paul Scherrer
Ben Miles ... Jerry Fredericks
Giancarlo Giannini ... Professor Eduardo Amaldi
Hélène Cardona
William Hope ... John Kleran
Pierfrancesco Favino ... Martinuzzi
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A major league baseball player, Moe Berg, lives a double life working for the Office of Strategic Services.

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Based on the True Story of Moe Berg

Genres:

Biography | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality, violence and language

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hvatač je bio špijun See more »

Filming Locations:

Prague, Czech Republic See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$114,771, 24 June 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$712,438, 23 August 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$875,102, 16 August 2018
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1.85 : 1
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The film cast includes three Oscar nominees: Giancarlo Giannini, Tom Wilkinson, and Paul Giamatti. See more »

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As a general, Donovan's star would be on the center of his shoulder strap, not at the end like lower ranks. See more »

Quotes

William J. Donovan: You're an unusual man Mr. Berg, you speak 7 languages, you're an athlete, you're more than up to the physical requirements of the job...
Moe Berg: What job?
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The Difference Between Spy Flicks and Spy Biopics
17 July 2018 | by organicsocialSee all my reviews

What comes to mind when we talk about a spy films? Something like Mission Impossible, James Bond or a little different ones like Salt, Red Sparrow and so on... ?

Well there is a basic difference between spy fiction and the reality of spy trade-craft. Although the most exciting of the spy thrillers try to capture some of the elements of real world spying but those are mostly technical aspects which are adopted to give these movies a certain credibility; to make them believable to some extent.

Spy biopics like 'The Catcher Was a Spy' are different from these spy action thrillers because the titular characters are not out there to perform stunts. They are out there to gather real and sensitive information. Information which could decide the fate of a real war and a real man's life. The thrill in this movie comes from the grand scope of the mission and the conversely understated actions of a spy so as to avoid all attention. There are no guns blazing here.

This is Paul Rudd's classic regular guy performances at it's best. The real life Moe Berg was an anomaly. A sportsman with unexceptional career but a genius mind of sorts. Quite simply a good candidate for a spy in second world war but not of much use afterwards.

If you are watching this movie for the spy thrills then you might be disappointed. However, if you want to get a glimpse of what an American spy must have found out after talking to people like Werner Heisenberg about the nuclear weapons program of Nazi Germany, then it might be worth it.

I can compare 'The Catcher was a Spy' to a bit more contemporary spy biopic like 'Snowden'. Although completely different in tone and nature, both these spy biopics have something in common. They are about getting to know the mind of the person. Both these movies try to bring out the inner complexities of these people who are quite literally doing a job that demands them to be secretive, deceptive and yet charming.


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