The Catcher Was a Spy

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In the midst of World War II, major league catcher Moe Berg (Paul Rudd) is drafted to join a new team: the Office of Security Services (the precursor to the CIA). No ordinary ballplayer, the erudite, Jewish Ivy League graduate speaks nine languages and is a regular guest on a popular TV quiz show. Despite his celebrity, Berg is an enigmatic man with a knack for keeping secrets. The novice spy is quickly trained and sent into the field to stop German scientist Werner Heisenberg before he can build an atomic bomb for the Nazis.

Director Ben Lewin’s (The Sessions) fascinating political thriller follows Berg from the bullpen to behind enemy lines. Rudd’s sly performance brings the charming, chameleonic catcher to life with the support of a crackerjack cast, including Jeff Daniels and Guy Pearce as seasoned spies and Paul Giamatti as a Dutch physicist. Adapted by Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan) from Nicholas Dawidoff’s 1994 biography, The Catcher Was a Spy tells one of the great unsung tales of American espionage.

Fri. 1/19, 8:30 p.m., MARC, PC
Wed. 1/24, 6:30 p.m., Eccles, PC
Thu. 1/25, 9:00 a.m., Eccles, PC
Sat. 1/27, 5:30 p.m., MARC, PC
Sun. 1/28, 6:15 p.m., Grand, SLC

YEAR 2017

CATEGORY Premieres

COUNTRY U.S.A.

RUN TIME 94 min

LANGUAGE English and Japanese/Italian/French/German/Dutch

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY PalmStar Media

WEBSITE palmstar.com

PHONE (215) 901-0747

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Artist Bio

Ben Lewin

Ben Lewin's career has encompassed award-winning features, documentaries, and television work. The Sessions, starring John Hawkes and Helen Hunt, won an Audience Award and a Special Jury Prize for ensemble acting at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and also received an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress. His film Please Stand By, about a young woman obsessed with Star Trek (starring Dakota Fanning and Toni Collette), is slated for release in 2018.