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Breach
- Chris Cooper

Overview - Chris Cooper (ADAPTATION) gives a remarkable performance as complicated and bitter FBI agent Robert Hanssen in BREACH. Hanssen is a computer specialist who, after 25 years of service, is put under surveillance as a suspected sex offender. Eric O'Neill (Ryan Phillippe, CRASH) is the ambitious young upstart they put on the job, assigning him to pose as Hanssen's new clerk in order to win his trust and keep an eye on his every move.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Chris Cooper (ADAPTATION) gives a remarkable performance as complicated and bitter FBI agent Robert Hanssen in BREACH. Hanssen is a computer specialist who, after 25 years of service, is put under surveillance as a suspected sex offender. Eric O'Neill (Ryan Phillippe, CRASH) is the ambitious young upstart they put on the job, assigning him to pose as Hanssen's new clerk in order to win his trust and keep an eye on his every move. Eric is dismayed to be put on such low-priority detail, accustomed as he is to investigating high-profile terrorism suspects. His reluctance is multiplied as he gets to know the subject of his inquiry; Hanssen is at first harsh towards his young secretary, but as he opens up, Eric gets to know and respect him as a family man of strong Catholic faith. Soon, however, Hanssen is infiltrating Eric's personal life and causing problems between him and his wife, Juliana (Caroline Dhavernas, HOLLYWOODLAND), and just when Eric is about to give up the case, he discovers that it is much bigger than he ever imagined. Eric finds himself in the middle of an investigation into the biggest security breach in U.S. history, forcing him to resort to dramatic and ingenious tactics in order to bring down the suspect. Director Billy Ray's first directorial effort was the dramatization of the Stephen Glass scandal at the D.C. magazine The New Republic in SHATTERED GLASS, and here he once again turns his eye--with great success--to a true story with a complex villain. Cooper's excellent characterization invites pity and horror in equal measure; his performance is well supported in this character-driven thriller by Laura Linney (KINSEY) as the hard-nosed agent leading the investigation, and Phillippe as the resourceful and introspective O'Neill.

Cast List

Kathleen Quinlan - American Actress
Kathy Quinlan - American Actress
Gary Cole - American TV/Film Actor
Mychael Danna - Score Composer
Michael Danna - Score Composer
Laura Linney - Actress
Chris Cooper - Actor, ADAPTATION (2002)
Ryan Phillippe - American actor, CRASH (2004)
Billy Ray - Screenwriter--NOT the adult actor
Bruce Davison - American TV/Film Actor
Sidney Kimmel - Executive Film Producer, TOWN & COUNTRY (2001)
William Horberg - Producer
Dennis Haysbert - American Actor/Love Field
Scott Kroopf - Film producer
Caroline Dhavernas - Actress, COLD MOUNTAIN (2001)
Adam J. Merims

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 111
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 025193227621
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (for violence, sexual content and language.)
  • Release Date: June 2007

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
True Story
History
Corruption
Theatrical Release
FBI Agents
Russia

 
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Theatrical Release: February 16, 2007

Reviews:
"[A] thriller that manages to excite and unnerve....[Mr. Cooper] rouses our curiosity but never solicits our pity. It's enough that he and Mr. Ray make this monster human." - 02/16/2007 New York Times, p.E12


3 stars out of 4 -- "[A]n edge-of-the-seat thriller....BREACH is a compelling, intelligent drama." - 02/16/2007 USA Today, p.3E


"[A] true-life tale of duplicity gone secretly insane..." -- Grade: B - 02/23/2007 Entertainment Weekly, p.82


3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[The director] raises the stakes to life and death, and proves himself a filmmaker of uncommon talent and ambition." - 03/08/2007 Rolling Stone, p.96


"BREACH absorbingly zeroes in on how the FBI nailed the most damaging turncoat in American history..." - 02/09/2007 Variety, p.2


"[Cooper is a] venerable character actor who inhabits the man completely." - 04/01/2007 Box Office, p.127


4 stars out of 5 -- "Chris Cooper and Ryan Philippe are perfectly cast as the enigmatic, unlikely traitor and his secretive clerk..." - 07/01/2007 Ultimate DVD, p.26


4 stars out of 5 -- "[At the centre of it is a chilling performance from Cooper as a hunted, lonely man, staring down the barrel of his conscience." - 09/01/2007 Uncut, p.120


3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's worth catching for Cooper's performance, while its fact-based tale of treachery will strike a chord in today's climate of suspicion." - 09/01/2007 Total Film, p.36


"BREACH is an intelligent, superior entertainment....Engrossing..." - 09/01/2007 Sight and Sound, p.51


3 stars out of 5 -- "There's good work from Laura Linney....The film will be remembered for giving Chris Cooper another top-flight role..." - 09/01/2007 Empire, p.53

 
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