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Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story (2002)

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True story about the cat and mouse game between the FBI trying to find a Soviet mole in their ranks and Robert Hanssen, one of the top FBI agents and said mole.

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Lawrence Schiller

Writer:

Norman Mailer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Hurt ... Robert P. Hanssen
Mary-Louise Parker ... Bonnie Hanssen
David Strathairn ... Jack Hoschouer
Ron Silver ... Mike Fine
Hilit Pace Hilit Pace ... Priscilla Galey
Alexander Kalugin Alexander Kalugin ... Oleg Kalugin
Lev Prygunov ... Leonid Vladimirovich Shebarshin
Scott Gibson ... Richard Timber
Cara Pifko ... Jane Hanssen
Wayne Knight ... Walter Ballou
Peter Boyle ... Howard Hanssen
Dmitry Chepovetsky ... Fatelov (as Dmitri Chepovetsky)
Lubomir Mykytiuk ... Degtyar
Barry Flatman ... Leroy Wauck
Nola Augustson ... Frances Wauck
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True story about the cat and mouse game between the FBI trying to find a Soviet mole in their ranks and Robert Hanssen, one of the top FBI agents and said mole.

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He sold out America one secret at a time. See more »

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Rated R for sexuality, nudity and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kettős ügynök See more »

Filming Locations:

Hawaii, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The real Robert Hanssen was allowed to watch this film by his jailers, but he was so angered by it that he turned it off. See more »

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Hanssen fires seven shots from a revolver at the firing range. See more »

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DVD version is cropped to 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen and cut to 123 minutes running time. See more »

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Fascinating and Complex but Deeply Reactionary Film
25 August 2007 | by jayraskin1See all my reviews

This film contains one of William Hurt's best performances and anybody who is an acting fan in general or a William Hurt fan in particular will enjoy it.

I thought that the ideology of the film was quite complex, but ultimately dishonest and reactionary. The film wants to convince us that Robert Hanson was only a strange mentally-ill man who betrayed his family, friends, religion, colleagues and country. They have little sympathy for his painful situation.

If one looks at the facts that the story presents, instead of the way the movie presents them, this is clearly not the case. Hanson has to choose between his family, friends and religion and his government and job. He chose his family, friends and religion over his job and his government. He was simply a very intelligent man in an incredibly difficult position. If he had not sold secrets to the Soviet Union and Russians, he could not have afforded the lifestyle to maintain his family, friends and religion. His alternative was to lose his job and everything he loved most in life. His choice can be seen as incredibly courageous on some level.

The producer Lawrence Schiller and the writer Norman Mailer are very rich men who do not have to worry about making money every day (as Hanson did).

The film deserves credit for at least raising some quite interesting lines of defense for Hanson. For example, the film brings up the point that it is possible that his actions of helping the Soviets and Russians actually made the world a safer place and saved the world from nuclear catastrophe. The film should have seriously considered that in betraying his country, he may have saved the human race. Instead, the film presents this as merely one more fantasy on the part of Hanson.


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