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Director: Billy Ray

Cast: Mary Jo Deschanel, Chris Cooper, Ryan Phillippe


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Shattered Glass director Billy Ray directs Chris Cooper and Ryan Philippe in this fact-based drama concerning the FBI traitor who carried out what many historians refer to as the most notable national security breach in U.S. history. A key member of the FBI's elite Soviet

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Guest More than 1 year ago
BREACH could have been a documentary as the facts are all in place and the 2001 capture of Robert Hanssen, the most formidable spy in this country's history, is one that is mind boggling enough without the need for dramatization. Yet the screenplay by Adam Mazur and William Rotko in turn based on a story by director Billy Ray with Mazur and Rotko transforms this infamous case into a fine melodrama. The result is a smart thriller, one that holds our attention despite the fact that the results of the case are public knowledge. Robert Hanssen (in a brilliant performance by Chris Cooper) works in national Intelligence and is a crusty, ominous character with some strange demons in his head. FBI Agent Kate Burroughs (Laura Linney) studies a young FBI clerk Eric O'Neill (Ryan Phillippe) and decides he is the one gritty and fearless enough to assign to the suspicious Hanssen, a man the FBI feels certain is a major suspect in the breach of security. Hanssen has been selling Intelligence reports to the Soviet Union but in so careful a manner that his status is almost impenetrable. Eric is married to an East German girl Julianna (Caroline Dhavernas) and while she is proud of Eric's advancement in the FBI she fears his preoccupation with his work. Hanssen and his wife Bonnie (Kathleen Quinlan) form a friendship with Eric and Julianna and that friendship, together with a shared near obsession with the Catholic Church, gains Hanssen's trust in Eric. The tension between the investigation by the FBI and Eric's role as a mole create some terrifying situations. But Eric overcomes all obstacles and proceeds to successfully match Hanssen's inscrutable mind and behavior and in the end takes great risks in all aspects of his life to fulfill his mission. The cast is excellent with special attention to the performances of Cooper, Phillippe, and Linney. The supporting roles are carefully cast with such fine actors as Gary Cole, Dennis Haysbert, and Bruce Davison. The production values add immeasurably to the aura of suspense. This is a fine movie not only for the qualities mentioned but also for bringing to light the lack of security from even the most trusted parts of our government. Disturbing food for thought and action. Grady Harp
Guest More than 1 year ago
In a depiction of the the most destructive mole case in American history, Breach is a brilliant film with Chris Cooper as the ingenious traitor Robert Hanssen, who was caught in 2001. Films about espionage usually stereotype or romanticize the craft instead of of discovering the evil under. However, the deeper investigation by various people in the FBI displayed the covert and less than stellar performance of the FBI and intelligence community.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was great. You are captivate from the start to finish. I can not wait till it comes to DVD. It kept my interest all through the movie. It was unbelievable that something like this could really happen.
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