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Envelopes and briefcases stuffed with cash. Nondescript drop off points. Communications in code. Late-night stakeouts. U.S. Navy officer John Walker's (Powers Boothe, Men of Honor) real life was torn from the pages of an espionage novel. Armed with high-level security clearance and insatiable greed, Walker compromised American security for over 15 years by selling top-secret information to Russia's KGB, even going so far as to recruit and train his son into the "family business." This is the true, Golden Globe® Award nominated and Emmy® winning miniseries about the rise of a manipulative traitor in our midst.

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  • Actors: Powers Boothe, Lesley Ann Warren, Lili Taylor, Graham Beckel, Andrew Lowery
  • Directors: Stephen Gyllenhaal
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 6, 2010
  • Run Time: 174 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003JLL2R2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,257 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Family of Spies" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

Bit too long.
Bud Hart
Possibly THE most destructive spy network against the USA EVER, and by disgruntled American nationals, and also in modern times.
Scotty, the Cook
Great acting of a despicable character.
JS43

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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Rottenberg's rotten book review on January 27, 2005
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Having essayed at least two books on the Walker family spy ring, I found this TV mini-series historically suspect in the finest tradition of "made for TV movies", and yet surprisingly entertaining.

WHO THE WALKERS WERE: Though referred to as a case of a family of spies, much of the work was really done by patriarch Johnny Walker, a naval cryptologist whose access to USN code keys and related material allowed him to inflict damage against the US military. From 1968 at least until the mid 1980's, Walker turned over volumes of classified encryption material to his Soviet handlers - a career that began when he approached the Russian embassy in 1968. Never arousing much suspicion from his supervisors, Walker left the Navy fearing a routine background check might uncover his treason. (He also feared that his wife would turn him in, and he was unluckily dead-on in that respect.) Though initially motivated by desperate finances, Walker underpriced his product - clearing a million dollars only near the end of his 17-year career. Before leaving the Navy, and after being reassigned to an area lacking access to sensitive and lucrative cipher material, Walker recruited Jerry Alfred Whitworth - a naval communications specialist - to carry on his end of the business. Though a weak character, Whitworth is a superb spy, who excels largely because he willingly served in high security areas like Diego Garcia - an unpopular spit in the Indian Ocean reviled by those who serve there, but also possessing strategic importance to the Americans. Walker's brother Arthur, who worked for a defense contractor after leaving the Navy, also provided some classified material. Walker successfully recruited his son as well.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Victor Dawe on June 1, 2012
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We had seen this movie many years ago when it aired on TV and had missed one or two parts of it. Really glad to be able to get this DVD. Fantastic "true story" and an almost unbelievable event that lasted more than 20 years. I would recommend this dvd to everyone as it shows how a seemingly ordinary family at first, could all become part of such criminal espionage against their own country. You'll have to purchase the dvd and set aside a couple of hours for a truly engrossing experience as you watch in amazement at how the whole plot unfolds and ends. One of my all time favorite movies and excited that I could actually purchase it online, because believe me, you would not be able to find this in any of your local dvd stores or any retail store for that matter. Buy it today, and if you're like us, you'll tempted to view it more than once.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gettysburg on May 12, 2014
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Unfortunately, it's spoiled by the absolutely dreadful job of acting from Lesley Ann Warren. We tried to like her, but her portrayal was so stilted, overacted and typical of her poor acting style over the years that it was really distracting. Aside from her, the movie was entertaining and fairly factual. Powers Booth did a fine job as did most of the remaining supporting staff.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Constantopoulos on January 3, 2012
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I lived through this turmoil, as a Navy Radioman at that time. I and a lot of other personnel were directly impacted by these treachorous deeds. This movie was a perfectly portrayed sequence of actual events. I was truly moved by Powers Booth's perfomace. All Americans should view this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By retired naval officer on June 23, 2014
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Movie is a bit old but provides a good summary of the espionage related events that shook up the overall Navy's security. Does not go into the damage that these people caused to our defense efforts.
The ring leader is up for parole next yr (2015). His son was paroled in 2000.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BRS on November 9, 2014
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The mini-series follows the book by Pete Earley really well. If you are a fan of history this is great to watch. It's shocking how money can entice people to betray their country and their families. I only wish the Walker spies were caught sooner and prevented from doing so much damage. It amazes me how some people are so good at lying and living double lives. Powers Boothe is always entertaining to watch, Leslie Ann Warren overdoes it a bit for me in this one. If you love espionage stories, add this to your list.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By wa6rxm on November 29, 2014
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Powers Boothe is well casted as Walker. Not the best screenplay I have ever seen, but from other reading on the subject the movie appears to accurately portray the basic facts of Mr. Walker's treachery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Betty Meischen on January 9, 2014
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Realizing from the beginning that this man was a creep made it a little easier to swallow the storyline of a man who spied against his own country for money, and then involved his whole family and their futures in his greed. The story is intriguing although a bit stomach turning to see how far a person will go when money is the object. My only real complaint regarding the movie is that it seemed to run too long but there is enough plot and action to keep your suspense. You will come away from it shaking your head in wonder.
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