Flagstaff Premiere: The Catcher Was a Spy


Film Info
Event Type:Flagstaff Premiere
Release Year:2018
Run Time:95 minutes
Production Country:United States
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Ben Lewin
Cast:Paul Rudd
Paul Giamatti
Sienna Miller
Jeff Daniels
Connie Nielson


The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Flagstaff premiere of “The Catcher Was a Spy” — starring Paul Rudd, Sienna Miller, Jeff Daniels and Paul Giamatti — on Wednesday, July 11 as part of the festival’s monthly Flagstaff Cinema Series. There will be one screening of the film at 7:00 p.m. at Harkins Flagstaff 16 Theatres.

“The Catcher Was a Spy” — a gripping, stranger-than-fiction espionage thriller — brings to life the incredible true story of Moe Berg, the professional baseball player who became a World War II spy.

A Jewish, Princeton-educated, multilingual catcher for the Boston Red Sox with a closely-guarded private life, the enigmatic Berg (Paul Rudd) was already a man of mystery when, in 1944, the US government's wartime intelligence agency enlisted his services. His mission: go behind enemy lines in Europe to assassinate the Nazi's chief nuclear scientist before the Germans develop an atomic bomb.

Trading in his catcher's mitt for a trench coat, Berg must rely on his formidable, steel-trap intellect in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse—with the fate of the world hanging in the balance.

Jeff Daniels, Paul Giamatti, and Sienna Miller costar in this remarkable slice of forgotten history.

A representative from the NAU Philosophy Department and Philosophy in the Public Interest will lead a discussion following the film screening.