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Moe Berg parachuted into Yugoslavia before his Heisenberg mission. The Yugoslavia mission was to determine which partisan group the Allies should back. Berg's report said that the group led by Tito was the strongest, and his report encouraged Allied leadership to back Tito. Tito ended up after the war becoming the dictator of Yugoslavia. None of this was shown in the movie, though it did portray him working a desk studying the Balkan region, which included Yugoslavia. See more »
Moe Berg is shown in a Red Sox uniform playing at Fenway Park and then later going on his trip to Japan. The film reversed the order of events. Berg's trip to Japan in which he filmed Tokyo occurred in November 1934. He wasn't picked up by the Red Sox until the following season. See more »
William J. Donovan:
You're an unusual man Mr. Berg, you speak 7 languages, you're an athlete, you're more than up to the physical requirements of the job...
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What comes to mind when we talk about a spy films? Something like Mission Impossible, James Bond or a little different ones like Salt, Red Sparrow and so on... ?
Well there is a basic difference between spy fiction and the reality of spy trade-craft. Although the most exciting of the spy thrillers try to capture some of the elements of real world spying but those are mostly technical aspects which are adopted to give these movies a certain credibility; to make them believable to some extent.
Spy biopics like 'The Catcher Was a Spy' are different from these spy action thrillers because the titular characters are not out there to perform stunts. They are out there to gather real and sensitive information. Information which could decide the fate of a real war and a real man's life. The thrill in this movie comes from the grand scope of the mission and the conversely understated actions of a spy so as to avoid all attention. There are no guns blazing here.
This is Paul Rudd's classic regular guy performances at it's best. The real life Moe Berg was an anomaly. A sportsman with unexceptional career but a genius mind of sorts. Quite simply a good candidate for a spy in second world war but not of much use afterwards.
If you are watching this movie for the spy thrills then you might be disappointed. However, if you want to get a glimpse of what an American spy must have found out after talking to people like Werner Heisenberg about the nuclear weapons program of Nazi Germany, then it might be worth it.
I can compare 'The Catcher was a Spy' to a bit more contemporary spy biopic like 'Snowden'. Although completely different in tone and nature, both these spy biopics have something in common. They are about getting to know the mind of the person. Both these movies try to bring out the inner complexities of these people who are quite literally doing a job that demands them to be secretive, deceptive and yet charming.
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