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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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The Robert Hanssen Story See more »

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Biography | Drama

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

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Country:

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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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Runtime:

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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 »

Goofs

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

Alternate Versions

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

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Version of Breach (2007) See more »

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9 June 2006 | by rcil2003See all my reviews

In the IMDb credits for this movie, it says that Leonid Sherbarshin and Viktor Cherkashin were played by 'Themselves'.

I can quite definitely state this is not the case. Sherbarshin is more than a foot taller than the actor playing him in this movie. Cherkashin was born in 1932 and therefore is considerably older than the person playing him.

Further, in the movie, when Shebarshin first appears, right after Hanssen first contacts the KGB in 1985, a caption says he is the head of Soviet Foreign Intelligence. In 1985 the head of Soviet Foreign Intelligence was Vladimir Kryuchkov. Sherbarshin did not become FCD head until 1988.

Ironically, the credits state 'Alexander Kalugin....?'. This person was actually played by the real former KGB Colonel and defector Oleg Kalugin.

In reality the person who stole the Hanssen file from the KGB archive as a retirement plan was not paid $20M for it as stated in the movie, but more like $7M, and that only in installments. However the SVR somehow managed to lure him back to Moscow where he was jailed for 18 years.

Other than these minor points this film is largely faithful to the major facts of the case.


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