The Catcher Was a Spy  

Based on the True Story of Moe Berg

The Catcher Was a Spy (2018)

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

Director: Ben Lewin

Release Date: 2018-06-22
Status: Released
Run time: 98 min / 1:38
Revenue: $122,494
Production Companies : Serena Films, Animus Films, PalmStar Media
Production Country: United States of America
Release Date: 2018-06-22
Status: Released
Run time: 98 min / 1:38
Revenue: $122,494

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Paul Rudd
as Moe Berg
Mark Strong
as Werner Heisenberg
Sienna Miller
as Estella Huni
Jeff Daniels
as William J. Donovan
Guy Pearce
as Robert Furman
Paul Giamatti
as Samuel Goudsmit
Connie Nielsen
as Koranda
Shea Whigham
as Joe Cronin
Hiroyuki Sanada
as Kawabata
Tom Wilkinson
as Paul Scherrer
William Hope
as John Kleran
Giancarlo Giannini
as Professor Eduardo Amaldi
Pierfrancesco Favino
as Martinuzzi
Anna Geislerová
as Rathe
Agnese Nano
as Mrs. Amaldi
Brian Caspe
as Commanding Officer
Demetri Goritsas
as Clifton Fadiman
Roy McCrerey
as Princeton Conductor
Susan Garibotto
as Red Sox Fan
Joseph Oliveira
as Team Scout
Ted Otis
as Radio Show Director
Ian Dylan Hunt
as Red Sox Fan (uncredited)
Philip Lenkowsky
as NYC Taxi Driver
Bobby Schofield
as Bill Dalton
John Schwab
as Lefty Grove
Jordan Long
as Babe Ruth
Jimmy LeBlanc
as First Base Coach
Kristen Anne Ferraro
as Baseball Fan
James McVan
as Lou Gehrig
Gabriel Andrews
as British Colonel
Cristiano Donati
as Italian Resistance 2
Rob Lévesque
as Red Sox Fan
Frankie Imbergamo
as Red Sox Fan
Dusan Kis
as Italian Resistance
Tim Hackney
as Jimmie Foxx
Marco Velutti
as Italian Resistance 1
Roman Vangeli
as Gangster
Karoline Patrick
as Catherine
Jeff Fritz
as OS Trainer
Martin Janouš
as Franklin Adams
Joe Cali
as Fenway fan (uncredited)
Jimmy Malcolm
as Red Sox Fan (uncredited)
Scott Richardson
as Fenway Extra (uncredited)
Marc Cram
as Karl Friedrich Von Wiezsacker
Hélène Cardona
Matt Lindquist
Scott Lipman
as U.S Army Pitcher
Thomas Brogan
as Fenway Fan
Benjamin Crocker
as Guy Eating Peanuts
Joe Oliveira
as Fenway Fan
Timur Sibatov
as Italian Civilian
Scott Sederquist
as Fenway Fan
Dean Littlefield
as Baseball Fan
David S. Bookbinder
as Red Sox Fan (uncredited)
Rita McDonald Damper
as Smoke and Diamonds Party Woman (uncredited)
Steven Mulcahy Jr.
as Red Sox Fan (uncredited)


Directing Ben Lewin Director
Writing Robert Rodat Writer
Writing Nicholas Dawidoff Characters
Writing Nicholas Dawidoff Original Story
Production Tatiana Kelly Producer
Production Robert Ogden Barnum Executive Producer
Production Vaclav Mottl Line Producer
Sound Howard Shore Music
Editing Mark Yoshikawa Editor
Crew Andrij Parekh Cinematography
Directing Mark Taylor First Assistant Director
Camera Mark Taylor Additional Photography
Writing Nicholas Dawidoff Book

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  • Paul Rudd plays against type, though not effectively, in this true story of a baseball catcher who was also an OSS agent.

  • The opening title cards for The Catcher Was a Spy, directed by Please Stand By’s Ben Lewin, lays out a plot tailor-made for something like Drunk History: It’s the year 1944 and the O.S.S. is ...

  • Screenplay: Robert Rodat, based on the book “The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg” by Nicholas Dawidoff. Camera (color, HD): Andrij Parekh. Editor, Mark Yoshikawa. Music: Howard Shore.

  • The Catcher Was a Spy Rated R for language and over-the-piano sex. Running time: 1 hour 38 minutes.

  • The Catcher Was a Spy is an efficiently produced enigma that presents actors in WWII-era clothing walking around and reciting dialogue, but the story lacks more bold speculation.

  • Well-made spy thriller has some war violence, language. Read Common Sense Media's The Catcher Was a Spy review, age rating, and parents guide.

  • Paul Rudd and Sienna Miller in The Catcher Was a Spy. Photograph: Dusan Martinecek/PR P aul Rudd is fantastic as the enigmatic Moe Berg, a real life footnote from history in the serviceable thriller The Catcher Was A Spy.

  • ‘The Catcher Was a Spy’ Review: Paul Rudd’s Baseball-Driven World War II Thriller Is an Atomic Bomb It's hard to believe that a star-studded biopic about a baseball player who became a top-secret government spy could possibly be so boring.

  • 'The Catcher Was a Spy' isn't a spy movie at all, although the central action of the plot is a spy mission. Rather, it is a character study of a surprisingly interesting human being, Mo Berg. Despite an abundance of gifts - there are not many human beings who can play major league baseball AND speak 12 languages - he was one of the most intensely private people imaginable, making his life a complete enigma.

  • The Catcher Was A Spy may also have some controversy surrounding it, especially when it comes to the protagonist's sexuality. While Moe Berg has a girlfriend who he loves, their connection is ...