The Spy Behind Home Plate

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Aviva Kempner's The Spy Behind Home Plate is the first feature-length documentary to tell the real story of Morris "Moe" Berg, the enigmatic and brilliant Jewish baseball player turned spy. Berg caught and fielded in the major leagues during baseball's Golden Age in the 1920s and 1930s. But very few people know that Berg also worked for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), spying in Europe and playing a prominent role in America's efforts to undermine the German atomic bomb program during WWII. The Spy Behind Home Plate reveals the life of this unknown Jewish hero through rare historical footage and photographs as well as revealing interviews with an All-Star roster of celebrities and other individuals from the worlds of sports, spycraft, and history. Berg may have had only a .243 batting average during his 15-year major league career, but it was the stats he collected for the OSS that made him a most valuable player to his country during World War II.

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  • Reaching too hard for nostalgia, the distracting wall-to-wall soundtrack plays like a K-Tel collection of wartime hits. And for every talking head author, there's a copy of their book hogging the frame. A fascinating story nonetheless.

    Jul 9, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The film doesn't take an extra step towards cinematic showiness, nor does it glamorize or sensationalize Berg's life. It's just a nice time talking about World War II and baseball, sharing stories and retelling old jokes.

    Jun 14, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Seeing the story played out with reams of interviews and archival footage is so much better. It makes the unbelievable believable.

    Jun 14, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • They don't make baseball players like Moe Berg anymore. Judging by Aviva Kempner's authoritative and engrossing documentary "The Spy Behind Home Plate," they likely never did.

    Jun 6, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Moe Berg's story is so good that you'll forgive "The Spy Behind Home Plate" for overtelling it.

    May 30, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Less exciting than it sounds on paper.

    May 23, 2019 | Full Review…

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