Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story
Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story (2002) is a made-for-television movie based on the story of Robert Hanssen, who was charged with and convicted of selling American secrets to the Soviet Union. It was written by Norman Mailer and directed by Lawrence Schiller.
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- William Hurt as Robert Hanssen
- Mary-Louise Parker as Bonnie Hanssen
- David Strathairn as Jack Hoschouer
- Ron Silver as Mike Fine
- Hilit Pace as Priscilla Galey
- Wayne Knight as Walter Ballou
- Peter Boyle as Howard Hanssen
- Alexandre Kalugin as Victor Cherkashin
- Lev Prygunov as Leonid Shebarshin
- Scott Gibson as Richard Timber
- Cara Pifko as Jane Hanssen
- Other members of the cast included Dmitri Chepovetsky, Lubomir Mykytiuk, Barry Flatman, Nola Auguston, Kate Trotter, Eugene Lipinski, Bruce Hunter, Colin Fox, Frank Moore, Terry Vnesa, Yvonee Gaudry, Craig Eldridge, Sarah Lafleur, Arnold Pinnock, Lawrence Schiller, Oleg Kalugin, Ned Vukovic.
The film was produced by Oakdale Prods. and distributed by Fox Television. The executive producers of the film were Norman Mailer and Lawrence Schiller, the producer was Kay Hoffman, the director was Lawrence Schiller, and the writer was Norman Mailer.
Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story received reviews from publications including Variety, The A.V. Club, the Tampa Bay Times, DVD Talk, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Christopher Null of Filmcritic.com.
Phil Gallo, writing for Variety, wrote that the film was "A psychological drama that fails to haunt, intrigue or even repel its audience, “Master Spy” is a slowly told, drawn-out examination of an FBI agent who fights the demons of his upbringing, Catholicism and unbearable financial debt. Robert Hanssen’s story of how he came to sell FBI documents to the KGB is more background than plot as scribe Norman Mailer and director Lawrence Schiller stick with the double spy’s family life as the crux of this four-hour mini. William Hurt delivers a consistent performance as the droll, slightly base Hanssen and Mary-Louise Parker is excellent at living within the skin of his devoutly Catholic wife, Bonnie. Over four hours covering 33 years, we see little change in the Hanssens — their dedication to each other never wavers, they maintain traditional roles in the home and religion is their big fallback."
An article in the Tampa Bay Times noted that the film left out some elements of Hanssen’s life.
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- Rabin, Nathan (May 27, 2003). "Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story". The A.V. Club. Retrieved March 13, 2021.
- Deggans, Eric (November 10, 2002). ""Master Spy' keeps its own secrets". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved March 13, 2021.
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- Moore, Frazier (November 8, 2002). "Hurt tackles the tough role of 'Master Spy'". Great Falls Tribune. Retrieved March 13, 2021.
- Hughes, Mike (November 10, 2002). "CBS exposes the life of a 'Master Spy' with miniseries". Lansing State Journal. Retrieved March 13, 2021.
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