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Breach (2007)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 204396508
UPC: 025193227621
UPC 14: 00025193227621
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Inspired by the True Story of the Greatest Security Breach in U.S. History.
Inspired by true events, this takes you deep inside the halls of the fbi for a top-secret investigation to uncover the greatest breach in the history of U.S. Intelligence.

"A wonderfully taut cat-and-mouse thriller.  David Ansen, NewsWeek
"...a crackling tale of real-life espionage that doubles as a compelling psychological drama.  Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"...isn't just a solid thriller; it's also an ambitious and engrossing piece of narrative journalism.  Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun
"The acting is superb, particularly from the three principals.   Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"A compelling and eerily effective little drama.  Ty Burr, Boston Globe

Editor's Note
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.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, English, Spanish, French, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1)

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 6/13/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 111 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2007
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 61032276
Video UPC UPC: 00025193227621
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Breach - DVD
By: Rafe Telsch Cinema Blend DVD Reviews
Published on: 6/13/2007 12:00 AM
Breach focuses on Eric O'Neil (Ryan Phillippe), a young man in the Federal Bureau of Investigations who is pushing to become an agent. Instead of the brash upstart character, O'Neil is portrayed as quite a nice guy. He credits his partners when he submits proposals for upgrades to FBI systems instead of taking all the credit for himself and potentially getting on a faster track. He honestly cares about serving his country, so it is with trepidation that he accepts a new assignment as an office clerk for Robert Hanssen, a former American spy on the Soviet Union. the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Caroline Dhavernas
Video Cast Info Chris Cooper
Video Cast Info Dennis Haysbert
Video Cast Info Gary Cole
Video Cast Info Kathleen Quinlan
Video Cast Info Laura Linney
Video Cast Info Ryan Phillippe
Video Cast Info Tom Barnett
Video Cast Info Adam Mazer - Based On Story By
Video Cast Info Andrew M. Stearn - Art Director
Video Cast Info Billy Ray - Director
Video Cast Info Billy Ray, et. al. - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Jeffrey Ford - Editor
Video Cast Info Jeffrey Silver - Producer
Video Cast Info Mychael Danna - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Sidney Kimmel - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Tak Fujimoto - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info William Rotko - Based On Story By

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"[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 p.E12

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

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

Rolling Stone
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 p.96

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

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

Ultimate DVD
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 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 p.120

Total Film
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 p.36

Sight and Sound
"BREACH is an intelligent, superior entertainment....Engrossing..." 09/01/2007 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 p.53

ReelViews 7 of 10
No matter how compelling and intriguing a real-life story may be, it doesn't necessarily translate into an equally compelling and intriguing motion picture. Breach is a case in point. Based on the widely publicized case of turncoat FBI agent Robert Hanssen, which dominated headlines in late February 2001, the movie succeeds at being a thriller with few thrills. With an end that is predetermined (and revealed to anyone who might be in the dark in the opening scene, a news clip of John Ashcroft announcing Hanssen's arrest), there's little room for suspense. Billy Ray's chronicling of Hanssen's capture has its high points, but it's a little on the dry side. Thank god for Chris Cooper...Breach is competently made but, aside from Cooper's performance, there's nothing here worth getting excited about. - James Berardinelli 8 of 10
What possessed Robert Hanssen, a respected FBI agent, professed family man, and fanatical Roman Catholic, to sell state secrets to the Soviets and Russians for 15 years? Was it just the money? Was it festering resentment of FBI colleagues? Or was he driven by something deeper, more unknowable? As Breach, the sharply drawn and rigorously accurate film based on the Hanssen espionage scandal makes so abundantly clear, there is no easy explanation for the man's treasonous acts, which constitute "possibly the worst intelligence disaster in U.S. history," according to a 2002 U.S. Department of Justice study. Written and directed with crisp authority by Billy Ray (the criminally overlooked Shattered Glass), Breach is a tautly entertaining, fact-based spy thriller galvanized by Chris Cooper's fascinating, multi-layered performance as Hanssen, the proverbial riddle wrapped in an enigma. - Tim Knight

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Cooper,Chris
Product attributeLabel:   Mca Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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