The Catcher Was A Spy

Showed at Images 7/13/2018–7/26/2018

Starring: Paul Rudd, Jeff Daniels, Sienna Miller, Mark Strong, Guy Pearce, Paul Giamatti, Connie Nielson

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This gripping, stranger-than-fiction espionage thriller brings to life the incredible true story of Moe Berg, the professional baseball player who became a World War II spy. A Jewish, Princeton-educated, multilingual catcher for the Boston Red Sox with a closely-guarded private life, the enigmatic Berg (Paul Rudd) was already a man of mystery when, in 1944, the US government’s wartime intelligence agency enlisted his services. His mission: go behind enemy lines in Europe to assassinate the Nazis' chief nuclear scientist before the Germans develop an atomic bomb. Trading in his catcher’s mitt for a trench coat, Berg must rely on his formidable, steel-trap intellect in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse—with the fate of the world hanging in the balance.

  • Director: Ben Lewin
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 1 hour 38 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, History

“A character drama and an espionage thriller with a premise so peculiar that a fiction writer would be hard pressed to contrive it. As it happens, the story line is plucked from the marginalia of World War II history. And from the history of American baseball.... This is also an unusually literate movie, one that cites Heisenberg’s own famous uncertainty principle the better to bring it to bear on the scenario itself. ”

– New York Times