The Double

Synopsis: Story kicks off with the mysterious murder of a senator bearing the marks of a Soviet assassin, who was long thought to be dead. To hunt down the killer, a retired CIA operative, who spent his career going toe-to-toe with his Soviet nemesis, is teamed with a young FBI agent.
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Michael Brandt
Production: Image Entertainment
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
98 min

Now, Senator Friedman, you

have been a harsh critic...

of the President in recent months

over his treatment of Russia.

Russia is back. Their president

has stated unequivocally...

their desire to knock us back to 1985.

They've reignited

their nuclear program.

Just last week they dropped three

Akula class subs in the Bering Sea.

Our myopia over

the Middle East...

has caused us to miss the big bear that's

just sitting in the middle of the room.

Now, Senator Darden, you have numerous

business interests inside Russia.

Do you share Senator

Friedman's fears here?

My interests, as you

call them, in Russia...

are strictly as a trade partner

for the good people of my state.

All this saber rattling is basically

Senator Friedman's attempt...

to get his budget

up for next year.

Oh, Please. Russia now has ten

times the number of covert agents...

within United States borders

as it did during the Cold War.

What are we talking about? Besides,

wouldn't it be wise for you...

to divest your interest of what you

have in Russia at a time like this?

I am very transparent about all

of my financial transactions...

which is why, you know, that

I did those things. Excuse me.

The President would suggest that fear

is not helpful right now, Senator...

that fear is obviously a very big

component of any politician's toolbox...

but that it is not going

to help toward progress.


Thank God.


You haven't accessed the money.

Yeah, well, it's been

a little warm around here.

We had a deal, Senator.

We have expectations.

I don't give a good goddamn

about your expectations.

Don't call

here again.

Bastard's making a deal.

Yeah, or blowing one off.

Where does

that leave us?

Darden just made contact. It

looks like he's moving now.

Oh sh*t! He's down! He's

down! Behind the building!

This is a domestic case!

You have no jurisdiction,

authority, or right to be here.

We've been trailing this

guy for the past month.

This is a crime scene, not

a goddamn terrorist attack!

You're going

to have to wait.

Yeah? What am I

supposed to wait for?

For him.

There you go, sir.

Director Highland.

Sir, why is the CIA-

This is Agent Weaver.

Yes, sir.

Yes, sir.

We're out!

Who the hell was that?

Director Bell. He wants us out.

No questions and not a word.

You guys were

on the stakeout?

Yes, sir. He's had contact with

Moscow off and on for a month now.

But he never went

any further-

We know that. What

happened here tonight?

Someone grabbed him from

behind. Right in our blind spot.

It all happened

so goddamned fast.

Keep your eye on it!

Excuse me? Do you know the time?

No, no. I don't have a watch. Sorry.

It's okay. Just, my husband

said he'd be here by nine.


Which boy is yours?

Decker, the second


Oh, yeah.

He's good.

Got a strong arm.

I'm Molly.

PauI. Hey.

Which one's yours?

One more, guys!

Oh, no, I don't,

I don't have-

No, I live

nearby here.

I come by just to see

a game once in a while.

That's really nice.

Not a care

in the world, huh?


I never thought I'd see the day when

someone got the drop on Paul Shepherdson.

Yeah, yeah. How did you get in here?

It's what we do.

The phone rings,

too, you know.

It's Cassius.

He's back.


Cassius is

long gone.

He hasn't even been heard

from in over 20 years.

Tell that

to Senator Darden.

He's Iying in an alley

with his throat slit.

Then it's a copycat.

That's what everyone is

saying. Well, almost everyone.

Tom, there was a point where I

knew this man better than myself.

Cassius is dead.

For once, PauI,

I think you're wrong.

Welcome back, sir.


PauI, this is

Director Roger Bell.

Mr. Shepherdson.

The FBI?

Bureaucracy has

changed, my friend.

We have to share

the burden now.

As you know,

PauI was responsible...

for tracking down

the Cassius Seven...

The Soviet assassins

we code-named...

for the Roman senators

who killed Julius Caesar.

And you caught them all but

one, from what I understand.

Missed Cassius


That's right.

But this is not his

work. I'm sure of it.

Oh, I think it is.

Who the hell

is this?

This is one of my men. Agent Ben Geary.

Probably knows more about your

assassin than anyone we've got.

Or the CIA,

for that matter.

Paul, we'd like the two

of you to work together.

Is that so?

So tell me, Geary...

what were you doing

when the wall came down?

I was watching it

on television.

Just like everyone

else in this room.

Could you pull up

the case file, please?

Okay, here is good.

Notice how the cut starts...

right in the center of

the throat, moving upwards.

Typically, a cut starts

high, moves lateral...

as the right-handed killer

pulls the knife from ear to ear.

Not Cassius. His cuts were

always exactly the same.

Right-handed, but up, and

starting in the middle of the neck.

I've never been able

to figure out why.

Still, it's

a copycat.

This guy's

the best you've got?

Mr. Shepherdson, I wrote my

Master's thesis on Cassius.

And I have tracked

down and interviewed...

every one of the few witnesses

of his crimes who are still alive.

I've even re-created and personally

walked the approaches and exits...

of all his known kills step

for step. I know this man.

And there is no doubt in my

mind. This is the work of Cassius.

You know him?

Harvard, right?

Yes, that's right.

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Michael Brandt

Michael Brandt (born October 1, 1968) is an American writer and director. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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