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The Spy Behind Home Plate

The Spy Behind Home Plate is a movie starring Bruce Adams, Elden Auker, and Brad Ausmus. Telling the story of Moe Berg, an enigmatic Jewish catcher during baseball's Golden Age who joined the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) to...

Running Time
1 hours 41 minutes
Quality
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres
Documentary
Director
Aviva Kempner
Writer
Aviva Kempner
Actors
Irwin Berg, Brad Ausmus, Elden Auker, Bruce Adams
Country
USA
Year
2019
Audio Languages
اللغة_العربية, English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Subtitles
اللغة_العربية, 日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

In this first ever feature-length documentary about the enigmatic Morris "Moe" Berg, award-winning filmmaker Aviva Kempner again focuses her camera on a little-known Jewish hero. From the streets of Newark to five major league teams during baseball's Golden Age to his secret life spying for the OSS during WWII, Berg's improbable story is told with rare historical footage and revealing interviews with family and an All-Star roster from the worlds of history, sports and spycraft.

Comments about documentary «The Spy Behind Home Plate» (13)

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Kevin

After reading about the movie's history and including a brief history of the First National Bank of Montgomery, Texas, this film is made to be a product of Texas, Texas history. For this reason the viewer needs to have been in Texas before 1947. Of course many Texas families were a part of the Great Depression of the 1930s, but those of us who grew up in Texas in the 1950s had memories that were more real than other states and places, even in some cities in our country. This film explains that history and how real it was to many people in the Lone Star State. What makes this film special is the fact that it is a very complete and accurate presentation of the past, the present, and the future of Texas, Texas history. It is a must-see for any Texas history student, but it is also a must-see for all American film-goers. This film shows the many varied facets of Texas history, geography, and the people of Texas. For some reason, the film seems to focus on the names of the people rather than the events of the event. For example, while there is a focus on the wealthy, we never see a small farmer. This film is an excellent summary of the past, present, and future of Texas. For those who were a part of the Gilded Age, World War II, the Depression, and the 20s, you will be impressed with the accuracy of this film.

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Jacob O.

I was very disappointed by this movie. The acting was horrible. The story is the worst I've ever seen. This is just a horrible movie. This is not a movie for children. There are a few shots of violence in it. However, it is not suitable for those ages. It would be best to go see it for your parents. It's very very hard to believe that a movie like this is even made. However, if you do see it, be sure you see the same people. You'll know that a movie like this will come out in the near future.

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Linda

If you have ever been curious to see a baseball movie and don't mind some silly dialogue, or just want to hear David Cameron comment on baseball in general, this is your movie. You don't have to be a baseball fan to enjoy this movie. It is a very entertaining movie that has to do with the performance of Chris Coleman who was the manager for the White Sox for 16 seasons. It covers all aspects of a manager's life including the personalities of the players and the politics of the team as well as Coleman's transition to being a part of the season broadcast team.

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Thomas Diaz

Clint Eastwood, just after Christmas 2004, a record time for the main biographical film of the western genre. With the camera techniques used, each frame comes out as a moving picture. Eastwood, a hombre for some time in his career, never had been with a full orchestra in his films (if he ever heard of it). He is the true American Hero and it is his path, not any of the things he had in the past. I have a feeling I would have become a Clint Eastwood fan in a very short time. The film would not have been as wonderful, but it would have been better than it is today. It is not a "huge" film for me, but I wouldn't mind seeing it again, for sure. I was surprised by the brilliant performance from the daughter. She was very good. But I must say that I was impressed with the father-daughter role. I didn't think that this was possible, but it was, quite. Clint Eastwood could play in a great way, or in a bad way, but no matter what it would always be an amazing performance, and this time he was very good. I guess his heart was too heavy for that for many years. There are many more moments, but that is enough. Watch it. You will not regret. Recommended for all fans of Clint Eastwood.

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Kimberly L.

David Carr, a broadcaster of the Baseball Hall of Fame and an ESPN celebrity. It is quite clear why the film was not released with a lesser name. But the last part of the film is quite intriguing and at times, it is quite moving. David Carr is brilliant in his voice-over (that is not a title in this case) which is quite entertaining. The discussion about how great the Hall of Fame is and how it is the most successful but unsuccessful of the many MLB organizations is of great interest. The film talks about the history of the Hall of Fame, the history of the owners, the fans and the fans' place in the franchise. It is an interesting look at how much the Hall of Fame has evolved in its history over the years and at how many organizations still go into these seasons with a new team. It is also informative and interesting on how the media is present during these years and how the media is able to influence the way the fans perceive the players, teams and the team. I would definitely recommend this film and would also recommend it to anybody who is interested in baseball. I enjoyed it.

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Kathryn Reyes

A friend of mine was going to put me in touch with a former NFL player who is in the midst of being drafted into the league but has never made it to the big show, a guy I will call Mr. K, who tells his own story of dealing with the stress and anxiety of his decisions and coming to terms with being a non-athlete. It was a story of how the pressure of NFL football can take a toll on a person's psyche, and how, in some cases, it can actually take over a player's life. What struck me most about Mr. K's story was that he said that he is a very shy, introverted man who wears his emotions on his sleeve, but, yet, found himself being drawn into a larger-than-life persona that he hadn't known about. He lives on his own in Florida, and, even though he works full time, the stresses of being a football player take over. He wants to be a champion and a winner, but doesn't know how to do it. He is a very private person, and we see more of him behind closed doors. He is the opposite of the stereotype of a typical athlete. He appears to be a very caring, understanding, and willing mentor. The love of football and the hardships of his path to a successful career make him a very interesting man. We are shown a glimpse into his background, how his father was forced to help feed his mother, how his mother has struggled to overcome the burden of raising two sons. We are shown how his career has gone from a dream to a nightmare. As we see him speak of his attempts to reconcile his personal life with his professional life, his close relationship with his wife and his children make us understand why he is in a downward spiral of health, and why his feelings for his wife are not reciprocated. What he says to us in the end is that he is a very caring person who is now in a place where he has to take time to figure out what to do next. The camera work and the story are the icing on the cake. It was wonderful to see some of the raw emotion from Mr. K. As the film was ending, I was thinking, "what an interesting man!" I can't recommend this film enough. If you are interested in Mr. K's story, I would recommend reading his memoir, in which he describes his personal struggles, his relationships with his family and friends, and his aspirations for the future. It's an interesting story, and very inspirational.

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Elizabeth Pearson

This is one of those great hidden gems that you can miss when you're not paying attention. This documentary documents the life of Vernon Drew and his fight to find his brother who was killed in the United States during the war, under the alias of Russian, and was later captured and forced to become a spy for the Soviets. Vernon found his brother in Germany, after an exhaustive search that took years. He's a kind, gentle man who moved to England after WWII, in the 60s, because of his daughter who had been born in England. He's been working with the British government since he was about 11, and it's at the same time a very difficult time for the state. He worked at the MI6 base in London, where spies and officials meet regularly in the evenings to discuss their work and plans. He was the top agent there, a brilliant man with no rivals. He was the man who finally found his brother. The best part of the movie is a pretty in-depth interview with the young man who was his brother, a boy who still lives with his father in a small village in Scotland. It's very emotional for him, and the last 10 minutes of the movie is very heart-breaking. There's a story about him and Vernon is interviewed in a one-sided interview. You would think that the film would be about the war or the end of the Cold War, but it's actually a very personal story. It's a real gem.

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Hannah Mills

I've been a baseball fan since I was a kid and while I might not know every single player in the major leagues, I do know enough to know when a player hits a home run and that's pretty much what I was going to watch. It was a Saturday morning baseball game, but I never had a problem tuning in to watch a game like this. So, I wasn't much of a fan at all. My attention wasn't exactly glued to the screen. I'm a big fan of the website MLB.com, but after the game ended I had nothing new to say. I knew the facts and had heard the names and personalities, but I didn't have anything that was going to impress me. Then, I started to watch this documentary and after a few minutes I noticed something. It was incredible. From the first person interviewed by the producer, to the next, they are all amazing in their own way. This is my favorite baseball documentary I've seen. So many things happen, it's a boring documentary, but if I wanted something that made me feel a certain way about baseball, I'd rather watch this than anything else. It might not be the most high-level documentary, but it's very rare that I like documentaries. This one was amazing, and I was hooked the whole time. I could relate to most of the people in this film, even though I have no idea what they do for a living. I found them to be wonderful people who just happen to be really good at what they do. This movie shows us a different side of baseball than the sports fans usually see. You can't help but feel for the players who are doing what they do just for a paycheck. It's easy to lose sight of the fact that the ball never lands on your bat, but that is what really matters. In many ways, this movie makes you want to go to the ball park and cheer the players on. You really feel a connection to them. While you know what they are trying to accomplish, you don't know what they're going through. In this case, it's not the players, but the owners and the teams they've been affiliated with for years. It's very interesting to hear about their struggles, and while it's all over the world, you don't have to leave your home country for this. You can simply watch this documentary and know you have to see this film. It's worth every penny. This documentary is definitely something to see.

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Diane

It's not a particularly well-filmed documentary, but it's far from pretentious. That said, it's a bit depressing in some parts, and I'd recommend to see it once to check out some of the subtleties. But it's not a terrible movie, if you get used to it.

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Madison Reed

This was an entertaining, albeit false story, and the music score was probably more fitting for the feel-good, but like so many others who think this is an important story, I saw too many inaccuracies. For example, no one in the film actually speaks Klingon, let alone discusses it. The only thing that is closer to reality is that each of the people involved in the film spoke in Klingon, and spoke with the accent of the crew rather than the "natives." The history of the American Cold War and the relationship between the Soviets and the Americans as the Soviet Union became more of a threat is also distorted. In a true history lesson, every scene should be filmed with the exactness that is given to the fictional one. The sequence where the Russians invade America should have been set during the Cold War, as the story should have been set during the 50's rather than the 60's. The other inaccuracy was the treatment of the officers who oppose the ship's crew. These officers had just received their promotion (in the film, "death") and they were forced to go against their own superior officers. This was probably more plausible, but it makes little sense as to why the crew would want to overthrow their superior officers and risk their lives in the attempt. Overall, this is not a good movie, but it is a good story to tell. A few more scenes in the film would have been more realistic.

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Sandra K.

The film is informative. If you watch it with your kids, the characters and dialogue is witty and respectful. I'm not a big tennis fan, but I've always thought the sport is an excellent life lesson. I guess this film is similar, but in that regard, it's pretty amazing. The strength of this film is the one that impressed me the most. It's a lesson of sportsmanship, humility and respect, without all the bluster. It's a morality tale, the sort of thing the old folks would relate to. It's an intelligent look at sports. It's a warm and funny look at human nature, but that's not a bad thing. It's kind of depressing, and cynical, but I'm pretty sure that's the point. I liked it. But then, I was just in the mood for a film.

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Austin

Virtually no film has been made about the Cambridge Union. As a result, The Spy Behind Home Plate is a wonderful opportunity to "explore" the Union and the mentality of its members. One of the advantages of this film is that it covers many subjects relevant to the Union. One of the most popular subjects is the Cambridge tradition of "end of term" drinking parties at which the senior Cambridge people (the President, and at least one Vice President) drink some sort of alcoholic beverage. The subject of this film is the "alcoholic elitism" of the Cambridge Union. This film covers a lot of ground. It is well done and somewhat informative. It even covers "almost no" about the Cambridge Union, but that is because it covers the major subjects that matter most to Cambridgeians. One of the topics covered is the "blood feud" that has broken out between the President and Vice President. The more useful topic of the film is the culture of drinking in the Cambridge Union. As a result, The Spy Behind Home Plate is a very interesting film.

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Laura B.

THE SPY IN SPY STORY OF A MASSIVE TRADEMARK STRANGER is the story of Daniel Pearl, a young man who inherited a huge fortune from his father. As he has always dreamed, he is to be the new owner of the entire company. When the "Mermaid" (Played by Gloria Grahame) is found dead, it seems that his supposed partner in crime has become a bigger threat than he originally thought. Is this a serial killer, a blackmailer, or a scam artist? The answer could be any one of the above. But it is something much more. It is the story of a man who is forced to come to terms with his own violent past. Pearl is now living in his father's old house, where he is surrounded by family, but he is a different man. He is lost, his life has become meaningless, and he can't seem to find his place in the world. When Pearl meets Max, a nurse (Played by Darby Boorman) who brings him into the world of New York, Pearl is smitten. When Max's brother, Mr. Gage (Played by Danny Aiello) appears at the school, Pearl sees that something is wrong. Max is beginning to talk about his past, and Pearl is in no way prepared for what he must do. You see, Pearl has a clear purpose in life. He wants to make a difference in his life. His father left him with nothing, and his father went on to own a company which made his father rich. Pearl wants to make a difference. He is about to graduate from the University of Michigan. But when he makes an acquaintance with a woman (played by Sophia Loren) who goes by the name of The Spy, Pearl is sucked into a world that he never could have anticipated. Like a snake, he is drawn deeper and deeper into the muck of the underworld, and he is drawn in by the promise of future wealth. Soon he realizes that there are other people who share his ambition, and this is only the beginning of the nightmare that is to come. With an amazing cast, the film showcases the amazing performances of the cast and the star of the show is Gloria Grahame. There are some wonderful scenes of her, and I loved the beautiful song that she sings at the end of the film, "Mermaid." But the real star of the show is Darby Boorman. He is a very talented actor, and it was great to see him in a role of such a low-key, but powerful, role. He really out-performed Gloria Grahame and everyone else in the film. All in all, THE SPY IN SPY STORY OF A MASSIVE TRADEMARK STRANGER is a fantastic film. It is a film that I will watch many times. I am one of those people who feel that the main reason why a film should not be named a comedy, is that it should be an action or drama. The director did a wonderful job of creating the tension of this film. While watching the film, you will be on the edge of your seat, and the scenes that are violent, you will think "just what the hell is this all about." This film is a classic. I would recommend this film to any movie fan, as well as anyone who is just looking for a good story and a great cast. I give it an 8/10.