The Spy Behind Home Plate

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Movie Info & Cast


In this first ever feature-length documentary about the enigmatic Morris "Moe" Berg, award-winning filmmaker Aviva Kempner again focuses her camera on a little-known Jewish hero. From the streets of Newark to five major league teams during baseball's Golden Age to his secret life spying for the OSS during WWII, Berg's improbable story is told with rare historical footage and revealing interviews with family and an All-Star roster from the worlds of history, sports and spycraft.


  • Bruce Adams
  • Brad Ausmus
  • Ira Berkow
  • Stan Bernard
  • Jonathan Blank
  • William Corvo
  • Nicholas Dawidoff
  • Paul Ferri
  • Robert K. Fitts
  • Franklin Foer

Did You Know?


  • Intercut with WWII period footage is a black and white shot of the map of Europe being unrolled. It is the map of the present day European political boundaries, not appropriate for WWII.
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Atom User Reviews

4.0 out of 5


Jun 17, 2019

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. It’s a respectable ode to Berg’s unusual, remarkable life.

Metacritic review by William Bibbiani
William Bibbiani
May 23, 2019

It's much more dry than one might expect, demonstrating the truth of something interviewees suggest more than once: As intriguing a person as Berg was, it was not easy to know him.

Metacritic review by John DeFore
John DeFore
The Hollywood Reporter
May 13, 2019

The Spy Behind the Plate feels played, stuffed with filler, overrun with experts of varying merit, and doesn’t break enough new ground to warrant the effort.

Metacritic review by Roger Moore
Roger Moore
Movie Nation