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The Catcher Was a Spy (2018)

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

IMDB: 5.93 Likes

  • Genre: Biography | Drama
  • Quality: 720p
  • Size: 802.09M
  • Resolution: 1280*800 / 23.976 fpsfps
  • Language: English
  • Run Time: 98
  • IMDB Rating: 5.9/10 
  • MPR: Normal
  • Peers/Seeds: 12 / 168

The Synopsis for The Catcher Was a Spy (2018) 720p

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

The Director and Players for The Catcher Was a Spy (2018) 720p

[Director]Ben Lewin
[Role:]Connie Nielsen
[Role:]Paul Rudd
[Role:]Mark Strong

The Reviews for The Catcher Was a Spy (2018) 720p

just a bit outsideReviewed byDavid FergusonVote: 6/10

Greetings again from the darkness. World War II. Baseball. Spies. A true story. Assemble all those pieces and you have Morris "Moe" Berg. Director Ben Lewin (THE SESSIONS, 2012) brings the fascinating story to the big screen with Robert Rodat's (Oscar nominated for SAVING PRIVATE RYAN) screenplay adapted from the 1994 biography "The Catcher was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg" written by Nicholas Dawidoff. This is neither your typical spy movie nor your typical baseball movie.

Background information is provided by pre-movie title cards: in 1938 German scientists split the atom for the first time, ushering in the nuclear age; renowned German physicist Werner Heisenberg (1932 Nobel Prize winner) was charged with building an atom bomb; the United States responded by sending a baseball player to assassinate him. It's 1944 Zurich and two men exchange uncomfortable glances across a dimly lit room.

We then flashback 8 years to see Moe Berg utilizing his gut instincts to survive as a veteran journeyman catcher for the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. We later learn his sixth sense is not limited to the baseball diamond, and is used in situations much more important than whether a baserunner is stealing a base. Growing up Jewish, Berg had always been somewhat of an outsider, admitting, "I don't fit in." In baseball, they called him a walking enigma. Educated at Princeton, Columbia and Sorbonne in Paris, Berg spoke several languages, had a 'fake' wife, was a regular on quiz shows, and was constantly followed by insinuations of homosexuality ... though he only admitted to being good at keeping secrets.

Berg's is a truly fascinating story, but unfortunately Paul Rudd is a bit overmatched in the lead role. He just doesn't quite have the dramatic acting chops to convey the intellectual depth of the man. However, the rest of the cast is stellar: Paul Giamatti (as Samuel Goudsmit), Connie Nielsen, Mark Strong (Heisenberg), Sienna Miller, Hiroyuki Sanada, Guy Pearce, Jeff Daniels (as William J Donovan), Tom Wilkinson (as Paul Scherrer), Giancarlo Giannini (a 50+ year career), and Shea Whigham (as Joe Cronin). Many of these are little more than cameos, and the choppy feel of the film's flow prevents us from ever really connecting to characters.

An extended battle scene volleys from intense and well-filmed to slightly comical as Mr. Giamatti is forced to run and dodge bullets. The look, tone and color palette of the film is quite similar to Spielberg's BRIDGE OF SPIES (another true story), though this current one pales in comparison, as director Lewin presents it as a "will he won't he kill the guy?" scenario. Berg's story is likely more suited to documentary treatment, as his time with the U.S. Office of Strategic Services (OSS, later the CIA), resulted in his being awarded the Medal of Freedom. Upon his death in 1972, Newsweek's headline read "3rd String Catcher, 1st String Spy".

A good film that harkens back movies in the 60sReviewed bygrobertjonesVote: 6/10

This film centers on the life of Moe Berg (a Red Sox catcher) who volunteers as an OSS (now CIA) agent. His objective is to thwart the Nazi's from developing an atomic bond. It's a good film that will remind many viewers of movies from the 60s. There is no CGI, and you won't mistake it for an action thriller.

The movies is based on actual events and is primarily an character film with an outstanding cast...a movie unlike many produced today. It shows a world of spies that is less glamorous than Bond or similar films.

The Catcher Was a Spy probably won't appeal to a young audience. It is an adult film. If you enjoy films from the golden age of Hollywood, this is a film for you.

Low and OutsideReviewed byMoviegoer19Vote: 5/10

It's hard to resist the baseball metaphors... For me the film never quite made it. It was certainly interesting enough, as Moe Berg was an interesting, multi-faceted person, but as a film, it was a bit flat and not hard hitting enough. I wondered whether it was because of Paul Rudd playing Berg; especially once Paul Giamatti was introduced I kept half-expecting them to start doing comedy, as they have together previously. In general I found the acting to be underwhelming, though as I often do, I'm not sure whether the cause of this was the acting or the script itself. Ironically, one of the reasons I watched it at all was because of the cast. I generally totally enjoy Paul Rudd and find Giamatti to be an excellent actor. Somehow the moderacy of the script didn't allow for them, especially Rudd, to transcend his pleasing, affable persona.

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