The Company

The Company

Blu-ray Disc - 2007
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Depicts the global power struggle between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, told from the viewpoint of CIA and KGB spies. Spans four decades, from the dawn of the Cold War in the 1950s to the downfall of the Soviet Union in the '90s. Trace the activities of the CIA's underground fight with the KGB and where three CIA agents must find out the moles in their own ranks before every operation in an unrelenting battle within the organization itself.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, c2007.
Edition: Widescreen.
ISBN: 9781424881604
Branch Call Number: DVD-AD DRAMA COMP
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (286 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Company (Television program)


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harrybrowne Aug 10, 2015

Utterly gut-wrenching to watch, especially because these are true events. Produced by the very talented Scott brothers, the film unflinchingly explores the moral dilemmas of spycraft.

Clever, sharp dialogue, superb directing and photography. Acting is outstanding, especially Michael Keaton as the legendary and very controversial James Jesus Angleton, and Rory Cochrane as Yevgeny.

The recruitment of CIA and KGB agents are similar: both appeal to patriotism and the belief that the system is worth defending and preserving. The differences between the US and USSR (not as stated in the film as between Communism and Democracy, but correctly as between Communism and Capitalism) are of degree, not kind. From FDR, who let the butcher Stalin free in Eastern Europe to exterminate millions, through Truman, Ike, JFK, LBJ, Nixon and the rest up to Obama. All have blood on their hegemonic hands.

Who are the "good" guys, who are the "bad" guys? Depends which side you are on.

Best line: "It wasn't supposed to end this way." Famous last words.

1/2 star off the mediocre and overwhelming music. Other than that this is a must-see.

Sep 25, 2014

One might find it boring & slow. Since reading McIntyre's book on Philby I've pursued this subject with fascination. Compare 2003 Cambridge Spies to The Company 2007 for other perspectives. M. Keaton is brilliant as J.J. Angleton - a complex man of immense fame as spymaster. Fact & fiction seemed well done & possible. Experts still debate this issue in 2014.


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