The Catcher Was a Spy (film)
|The Catcher Was a Spy|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Ben Lewin|
|Screenplay by||Robert Rodat|
The Catcher Was a Spy|
by Nicholas Dawidoff
|Music by||Howard Shore|
|Edited by||Mark Yoshikawa|
|Distributed by||IFC Films|
The Catcher Was a Spy is a 2018 American biographical spy film directed by Ben Lewin and written by Robert Rodat, based on the book of the same name by Nicholas Dawidoff. It stars Paul Rudd as Moe Berg, a former baseball player who joined the war effort during World War II and partook in espionage for the U.S. Government. Mark Strong, Sienna Miller, Jeff Daniels, Tom Wilkinson, Giancarlo Giannini, Hiroyuki Sanada, Guy Pearce and Paul Giamatti also star. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and was released on June 22, 2018, by IFC Films.
- Paul Rudd as Moe Berg
- Mark Strong as Werner Heisenberg
- Sienna Miller as Estella Huni
- Jeff Daniels as Bill Donovan
- Tom Wilkinson as Paul Scherrer
- Giancarlo Giannini as Professor Edoardo Amaldi
- Hiroyuki Sanada as Kawabata
- Guy Pearce as Robert Furman
- Paul Giamatti as Samuel Goudsmit
- Connie Nielsen as Koranda
- Shea Whigham as Joe Cronin
- William Hope as John Kieran
- John Schwab as Lefty Grove
- Pierfrancesco Favino as Martinuzzi
In February 2017, Guy Pearce, Jeff Daniels, Paul Giamatti, Sienna Miller and Giancarlo Giannini were added to the cast, and filming began on February 13, with filming locations being Prague and Boston. Hiroyuki Sanada was cast in March, with Tom Wilkinson, Connie Nielsen and Shea Whigham joining in April. Principal photography lasted for 30 days.
The film was set to have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2017, but the film was pulled out after it was realized that post-production would not be complete in time. It premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. IFC Films acquires the film and set a release date of June 22, 2018.
The Catcher Was a Spy made $114,771 from 49 theaters in its opening weekend, for an average of $2,459 per venue.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 31% based on 61 reviews, with an average rating of 5.2/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "The Catcher Was a Spy loses sight of the most interesting elements of its fact-based story, dropping the ball and leaving likable lead Paul Rudd stranded." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 49 out of 100, based on 26 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews."
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