The Catcher Was A Spy
CAST: Paul Rudd, Mark Strong, Sienna Miller, Jeff Daniels, Guy Pearce DIRECTOR: Ben Lewin TUESDAY FILM SERIES
In the midst of World War II, major league catcher Moe Berg (Paul Rudd) is drafted to join a new team: the Office of Strategic Services (the precursor to the CIA). No ordinary ballplayer, the erudite, Jewish Ivy League graduate speaks nine languages and is a regular guest on a popular TV quiz show. Despite his celebrity, Berg is an enigma - a closeted gay man with a knack for keeping secrets. The novice spy is quickly trained and sent into the field to stop German scientist Werner Heisenberg before he can build an atomic bomb for the Nazis.
It's an absorbing character study of a most intriguing man.Soren Andersen, Seattle Times
While Rudd seems incapable of losing an audience's sympathies, he also captures Berg's secretive nature, the opaqueness behind the friendly smile.Rob Thomas, Capital Times