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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.

Director:

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

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
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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.

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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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The slide at the opening says that in 1938 German scientists first split the atom, which is incorrect; that happened in 1919 by Rutherford and others, including Fermi. The German scientists were the first to split the uranium atom. 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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Soundtracks

Moeru Gojinka
Traditional
Performed by Ichiro Fujiyama (as Fujiyama Ichiro)
Courtesy of Seven Seas Music
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Not to Everyone's Taste
1 July 2018 | by nowegoSee all my reviews

There are going to be lovers and haters of this movie depending on your taste and how much you like to pick holes in the acting and plot. Picky people will find many in this movie.

With all the big name actors it had you would expect it to be at least good and for me it was, I enjoyed it and never once wanted to stop watching, for me that is a sign of a good movie.

Paul Rudd, who I don't always like as and actor was very good in this, the rest of the cast do a fine job, most are prominent actors who I expect to do well in any movie they are in.

The fact it is based on a true story can be either a benefit of hindrance depending on how the story is handled, this one was handled quite well in my opinion and while it will never win any awards it is worth watching.

Not a perfect movie, but good enough to watch more than once.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Italian | Japanese | French | Hebrew

Release Date:

22 June 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Prague, Czech Republic See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$114,771, 24 June 2018

Gross USA:

$725,223

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$953,953
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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