Synopsis: In February, 2001, Robert Hanssen, a senior agent with 25 years in the FBI, is arrested for spying. Jump back two months: Eric O'Neill, a computer specialist who wants to be made an agent is assigned to clerk for Hanssen and to write down everything Hanssen does. O'Neill's told it's an investigation of Hanssen's sexual habits. Within weeks, the crusty Hanssen, a devout Catholic, has warmed to O'Neill, who grows to respect Hanssen. O'Neill's wife resents Hanssen's intrusiveness; the personal and professional stakes get higher. How they catch Hanssen and why he spies become the film's story. Can O'Neill help catch red-handed "the worst spy in history" and hold onto his personal life?
Director(s): Billy Ray
Production: Universal Studios
  1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min

Sunday the FBI

successfully concluded

an investigation to end

a very serious breach

in the security of

the United States.

The arrest of Robert Hanssen

for espionage

should remind us all,

every American should know

that our nation,

our free society

is an international target

in a dangerous world.



I shouldn't tease you

That just gets me

into trouble





I got him!

Him and the wife.


She can be turned.

They were screaming

at each other.

We've got to tell

the CT guys.

Did you catch any of

what they were saying?

Some of it. Just gonna

need a translator.


I can still work the corner

outside their apartment.

He didn't make me.

But we got to get

over there now,

while they're still fighting.



It's a protocol for storing

information on our targets.

Yeah. We got that part.

The thing that's unclear

to us is what it was

doing on Gene's desk.

It has to work its way

up the chain, doesn't it?

Nobody likes

a show-off, Eric.

We're all trying to

make agent, you know?

Different colored tabs,

You must have spent

the weekend at Kinko's

on this thing.

Did you read it?


It's too bad,

because you're both

credited in here by name.



Yeah. For your help

with the software.

Can we get over to

that apartment now?

Are they



targets, honey.

That's all I said, right?

Right. Sorry.

Good girl.

Hey, Mom and Dad want to

take us to Mass today.

You want to go

to Mass with me?

I'd rather go

to a movie.

Me, too.


I should have been

one alley over.

The light was better.

You're going to be

an agent.

Are the rest of those guys

working as hard as you?

Of course.

I bet they aren't.

Say it again, okay?

Say what again?

That I'm going

to be an agent.

You're going to be an agent.



Don't get it.


You've reached the O'Neills

Please leave a message


Get dressed

You've been TD Y'ed

To where?

They'll explain

at the field office

We're due in 20 minutes

On a Sunday?


Oh, hey!

I'm so glad to see you here!

Hey, Vanna!

Nice to meet you.

And this is Addie, she is 1 year old than the most.

Now, i can't believe it!

Can you hold her so i can get dressed too?


Have fun at work!

I'll get right to it,

if you don't mind.

You're being tasked

to Headquarters,

where you'll be riding

the desk of an agent

named Robert Hanssen.

You know him?


Former head of

our Soviet Analytical Unit,

considered our most

knowledgeable analyst

on Russian intel.

Last six years,

he's been our liaison

at the State Department.

It's Sunday.


We're bringing him

back to Headquarters

where he's gonna start

our new Information

Assurance Division,

safeguarding the Bureau's

IT system from cyberterrorism

and infiltration


I've heard of this guy

Was he the one

who hacked into another

agent's hard drive?

He's the best

computer guy we've got.

He's also

a sexual deviant.


Been posting

on the Internet.

Lurid material.

There's some complaints

in his file from female



I shouldn't tease you

That just gets me

into trouble

You're gonna keep

an eye on him for us.

It's not a glamour

detail. Sorry.

Do you have a FISA warrant?

Of course.

Do I get a cover?

No. Hanssen would

peel it away in a day.

He spent the last 20 years

outthinking Russian spies.

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Adam Mazer

Adam Mazer is an American screenwriter. He is the writer of HBO Film’s biopic, You Don't Know Jack, about the life of assisted-suicide advocate, Jack Kevorkian.Mazer was the co-writer of the 2007 Universal Pictures feature film, Breach, starring Chris Cooper, Ryan Phillippe and Laura Linney. Directed by Billy Ray, Breach is based on the true story of the FBI’s most notorious spy, Robert Hanssen. Adam and his former partner, Bill Rotko, optioned the rights of the young FBI aide who worked side-by-side with Robert Hanssen and played a vital role in his arrest. The movie was released in February, 2007. He’s recently finished the screenplay, The Sentry Keep; based on the true story of a 1982 New York City armored car company heist, that at the time, was the largest cash heist in U.S. history. Dito Montiel (A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, Fighting) is attached to direct. The movie is being produced by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of Mandeville Films. He’s also currently working on a one-hour TV pilot, Contingency, with the television production company, Reveille (The Office, Ugly Betty). Contingency is set in the early 1980s and explores the wild early days of a Personal Injury law firm. Additionally, he wrote the one-hour TV pilot, Ghosts, for the CW Network. The drama deals with the personal and professional lives of young undercover FBI Agents who work in an elite unit called the “Special Surveillances Group”. Prior, Adam sold the family comedy, Big Baby, (co-written with Gregg Lichtenstein) to Warner Brothers with Neal Moritz and Richard Suckle producing, and Raja Gosnell attached to direct. Adam was a founding partner of Point Blank Entertainment where he was an Associate Producer on the outrageous ensemble comedy, Super Troopers. The film was sold at the Sundance Film Festival and released in 2002 by Fox Searchlight. Adam’s other efforts include his screenplay, The Amateur which was set up with the Kennedy-Marshall Company. Based on true events, The Amateur tells the story of 19-year-old golfer Francis Ouimet’s remarkable underdog victory at the 1913 U.S. Open. He also wrote the police corruption drama, Officer Down, the comic book fantasy adventure, The Last Ride of Waterloo Clyde, and Shelter From the Storm – an adaptation of Stephen Miller’s southern mystery novel, A Woman in the Yard. Upon graduating from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in 1989, Adam moved to Los Angeles and partnered with Bill Rotko (A&E’s recent The Beast) until 2005. They sold their first screenplay, Freeze – a harrowing Antarctic action-adventure – to Columbia Pictures and Mandalay Pictures. more…

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