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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

GREENLIGHT #115: Breach (with "The Falcon and the Snowman" and "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold")

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Ann and Les were simply thrilled by Breach (2007.) It's a clever movie for adults by adults starring Chris Cooper as the U.S.'s real-life worst security breach: an FBI agent who sold information to the Soviets for 20 years. Cooper plays the man as smart, tough, and vulnerable as he's engaged in an intense cat-and-mouse game with not-even-quite-a-rookie FBI agent played by Ryan Phillipe. We know the ending before it starts, (it's a true story after all,) but director Billy Ray managed to keep Ann and Les on the edge of their seats. For their GREENLIGHT Rentals, Les recommends another smart spy film called The Falcon and the Snowman (1985.) In this movie, a young idealist, played by Timothy Hutton, discovers that his country is hard on people who might be spying on us, so he corrals his drug-pushing buddie, played by Sean Penn, to help him help the spies. Then things don't turn out the way they thought they would. Ann's pick features Richard Burton in, perhaps, his role-of-roles as a Cold-War era British spy who wants to get out of the business - or does he? In this very complicated plot he manages to fall in love with a young idealistic Communist played by Claire Bloom and become a Communist spy - or does he? Find out for yourself in this spine-tingling and mind-twisting film directed by Martin Ritt called The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965.)

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