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Breach [WS] [DVD] [2007]


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    Overall Customer Rating:
    80% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 5)

    Special Features

    • Over 18 minutes of deleted and alternate scenes
    • Breaching the truth: Get an insider's look at how Robert Hanssen's story was brought to the screen
    • Anantomy of a character - brought to you by Volkswagen: A powerful look at how Chris Cooper became Robert Hanssen for the film
    • "The Mole" as originally aired on Dateline 3/05/01: Uncover more intriguing facts about double agent Robert Hanssen in this in-depth profile
    • Feature commentary: With writer/director Billy Ray and former FBI operative Eric O'Neill


    Shattered Glass director Billy Ray directs Chris Cooper and Ryan Philippe in this fact-based drama concerning the FBI traitor who carried out what many historians refer to as the most notable national security breach in U.S. history. A key member of the FBI's elite Soviet Analytical Unit, Robert Hanssen (Chris Cooper) would, for 15 years beginning in 1985, sell thousands of pages of classified documents to the Soviets. After making roughly 600,000 dollars on his clandestine endeavor and compromising everything from the identities of KGB spies working for the American government to nuclear war contingency plans, Hanssen was eventually transferred to a newly created position at the FBI's Washington headquarters and assigned the task of guarding his country's most sensitive secrets. It was while working in this capacity that a young agent named Eric O'Neill (Phillipe) was assigned the task of keeping tabs on Hanssen by suspicious higher-ups. Later, after being arrested while delivering a cache of secret documents to a "dead drop" spot in a Virginia park, the notorious traitor was arrested and sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Mary Jo Deschanel
      Mary Jo Deschanel
    • Chris Cooper
      Chris Cooper - Robert Hanssen
    • Ryan Phillippe
      Ryan Phillippe - Eric O'Neill
    • Laura Linney
      Laura Linney - Kate Burroughs
    • Dennis Haysbert
      Dennis Haysbert - Dean Plesac

    Customer rating

    Rating 3.8 out of 5 stars with 5 reviews

    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good True Story


      This is a great movie that is based off of a true story. Usually when watching movies that are based off a true story you would think that Hollywood has in some way changed the story from the true life story. However this movie was made with Eric O'Neill and the FBI helping the studio make the movie down to every exact event. So while watching it you are led to believe that you are watching things how they happened. Which is nice to know. Because of this is, if you are looking for a serious action movie you will likely be let down. This movie is not seriously packed with thrills. It has a little bit of tension throughout the movie as you are unsure of what will happen next. But if you have any idea of the background of the story nothing will really surprise you. Overall this movie is great for those who would like to know what happened and have the story told by Hollywood with the real people that did it helping them. Also the movie looks great in HD. The special features are great as well as they have the original television documentaries about the events. A good movie that will hold your interest and keeps to the true events that happened.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars's okay


      The best thing about this movie is the acting. Ryan Phillippe gives one of his best performances and I'm not even a big fan of his. Chris Cooper is a solid bad guy and Laura Linney is excellent, as always. Good supporting cast with Dennis Haysbert, even though I wish he had a bigger role. I don't know the name of the actress that plays Phillippe's wife but she does a very good job.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Very good true story.

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      I had seen this years ago, and with the current atmosphere in this country, it reminded me of this movie. Well acted and the story is easy to follow.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars



      This movie is a great Docudrama type of movie, and the reason i do not give it 5 stars is because i thought it got slightly boring in some parts of the movie what they could have shortened.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars



      Very interesting true story… although not as suspenseful or gripping as advertised. Still, it is worth watching.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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