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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
Mark Strong ... Werner Heisenberg
Shea Whigham ... Joe Cronin
Jeff Daniels ... William J. Donovan
Paul Giamatti ... Samuel Goudsmit
Hiroyuki Sanada ... Kawabata
Tom Wilkinson ... Paul Scherrer
Ben Miles ... Jerry Fredericks
Giancarlo Giannini ... Professor Eduardo Amaldi
Pierfrancesco Favino ... Martinuzzi
Hélène Cardona
William Hope ... John Kleran
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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

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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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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Berg attends a synagogue before his meeting with Heisenberg. The prayer that is being sung during the service is the Kol Nidrei, which means that Berg is not just attending a run-of-the-mill daily or weekly worship service but is in fact at the service for the start of Yom Kippur, arguably the holiest observance on the Jewish calendar. Yom Kippur is the time when observant Jewish people fast and atone for their past year's sins. See more »

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Joe Cronin is seen wearing number 6. Cronin wore 4. 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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Ballroom Foxtrot
Performed by John Leighton
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Historically inaccurate with (what I view as a) hidden agenda
26 July 2018 | by chi_town_fedSee all my reviews

I was looking forward to watching this film, until I watched it. I really enjoy period movies as they offer a visualization of a time before my time. I did not see the complete movie. After a while I felt it was a bait-and-switch film that pushes a cultural agenda not disclosed when advertised that adds absolutely nothing to the story.

If you read the history of the actual person this movie portrays, nowhere will you find him to be gay. Not even in gossip columns. Yet for some reason Hollywood decided to make this character gay. Doing so has absolutely nothing to do with the story. It did not make the character or the film more interesting. It just seemed like the writers arbitrarily decided to do it (lie on the character) because they wanted to, versus having some logic behind this decision.

Hollywood decision makers bask in certain lifestyles, which is fine for them to live as they wish. Unfortunately they can't resist pushing their personal agendas into their work. I have many personal views both cultural and political. When it comes to my job I leave my personal baggage at home. Hollywood is the opposite. They inject their views and force them upon people whether the person or the audience wants it or not. Doing so costs them revenue due to lower audience turnout yet they do it anyway.

Putting their personal, historically inaccurate twist on the main character in this film makes no sense. As I watched the film and its agenda unfold, I lost interest and have not told anyone I know they should watch this film, which results in lost revenue. I also hate how they try to reel the viewer in slowly and subtly, which makes me view them as sneaky and underhanded. You have something to say, have the stones to say it versus all of the fake nuance. I would have preferred to simply enjoy the movie without the unnecessary and factually incorrect add-ons that do absolutely NOTHING for the plot or the film in any way. For me to turn off a period-based film says a lot as I have seen virtually every mainstream black-and-white film ever made. I have also enjoyed period films such as Road To Perdition, Public Enemies, 42, and Race.

As I realized what they were doing to this character knowing they were lying, I stopped watching the movie. Others may enjoy this film more than I, which is fine. Unlike this film, this is my attempt to openly/transparently explain what is behind my take on this film versus feeding you a hidden agenda like some like to do. I hope I have been somewhat successful at this in a respectful way.

Thank you for reading my review.


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