When Samuel Goudsmit is talking to Moe Berg about Werner Heisenberg, he says that his parents were deported from Holland to a concentration camp. He appealed to Heisenberg for help but got no reply. He says he doesn't know if his parents are dead are alive. The movie did not answer this question, but unfortunately his parents were indeed murdered in the concentration camp. See more »
The movie starts in 1944 and then switches to Fenway Park with the title card "Eight years earlier", placing it in 1936. The Red Sox are playing the Washington Senators. Buddy Myer (#1) is on first threatening to steal and pitcher Syd Cohen (#14) is at bat. The box scores of Senators/Red Sox games showed that Berg, Myer, and Cohen never appeared in the same game during the 1936 season. Furthermore, Buddy Myer usually batted 3rd and it is highly unlikely he would be in the batting order in front of a pitcher. See more »
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...
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I'm boosting this movie in ratings a little to give it a break, from some of the others that I don't think understood it. 'The Catcher Was a Spy' isn't a spy movie at all, although the central action of the plot is a spy mission. Rather, it is a character study of a surprisingly interesting human being, Mo Berg. Despite an abundance of gifts - there are not many human beings who can play major league baseball AND speak 12 languages - he was one of the most intensely private people imaginable, making his life a complete enigma. The picture sought to capture the essence of the man. Paul Rudd was excellent in the major role, although his performance is so low key add buttoned-down, it is easy to disregard it.
I liked the movie a lot. I also liked the first 'Kingman'. 'Kingsman' was a spy movie. This one is not. Taken on its own terms, you'll likely enjoy it.
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