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The Catcher Was a Spy (2018)

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A former major league baseball player, Moe Berg, goes undercover in World War II Europe for the Office of Strategic Services.


Ben Lewin


Robert Rodat, Nicholas Dawidoff (based upon the book: Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Rudd ... Moe Berg
Pierfrancesco Favino ... Martinuzzi
Tom Wilkinson ... Paul Scherrer
Connie Nielsen ... Koranda
Anna Geislerová ... Rathe
Mark Strong ... Werner Heisenberg
Simon Perina Simon Perina ... First Baseman Boston
John Schwab ... Lefty Grove
Krystof Dupal Krystof Dupal ... Second Baseman Boston
Jirí Vavrusa Jirí Vavrusa ... Shortstop Boston
Shea Whigham ... Joe Cronin
Bobby Schofield ... Bill Dalton
Philip Lenkowsky ... NYC Taxi Driver
Sienna Miller ... Estella
Demetri Goritsas ... Clifton Fadiman


A former major league baseball player, Moe Berg, goes undercover in World War II Europe for the Office of Strategic Services.

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Based on the True Story of Moe Berg

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality, violence and language | See all certifications »

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During the US/Japan All-star Game, Berg introduces himself to Japanese dignitaries in a humorous way and (in Japanese) starts by saying he can't speak Japanese. The movie does not tell us, but this was Moe Berg's second trip to Japan. In 1932, he and a couple other American players were recruited to come teach American-style baseball to the Japanese. Berg, who had a gift for languages, taught himself passable Japanese on the ship while on the way over. Early in the cruise, one of his fellow players asked if he could speak Japanese and Berg said "No". Once they got to Japan, they were astounded to find him speaking the language. One of them said "I thought you couldn't speak Japanese?" He replied, "That was two weeks ago." See more »


When the US baseball team played an exhibition game in Japan, they were greeted by a Japanese band playing "Stars and Stripes Forever". The music and the band are out of sync, which is most noticeable with the musician playing the cymbals. Either 1) recorded music was dubbed over the original band who only pretended to play, or 2) the band was indeed playing, but the audio track was added out of sync. See more »


William J. Donovan: Are you a Jew?
Moe Berg: Jew-ish.
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Almost Good
27 December 2019 | by kellyq12See all my reviews

I like Paul Rudd a lot. He's very likeable. I don't fault casting for why this movie wasn't as good as it could have been (as I've seen some other reviewers do). Ultimately, I think this movie falls short more because it didn't know quite what it wanted to be. Was it a serious historical drama about a spy with suspense set during war times? Kind of. In moments. But it also felt very light at times given the subject matter. It never went deep enough into it to make you care or for you to feel scared for the welfare of the characters involved.

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Release Date:

22 June 2018 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Prague, Czech Republic See more »


Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$114,771, 24 June 2018

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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