Two-time Oscar nominee Steve James' nuanced documentary reveals the twists and turns of this real-life spy story
A brilliant nuclear physicist, a passionate leftist, and the explosive secret they kept over a remarkable 52-year marriage.
A Compassionate Spy tells the story of a young American physicist, recruited in 1944 to the Manhattan Project to help develop an atomic bomb for the US, who began secretly passing information to the Soviet Union. After the war, Ted Hall met his wife Joan, and shared with her the explosive secret of his espionage. The pair lived for 50 years together under a cloud of suspicion and surveillance, before Ted decided to reveal all.
Two-time Oscar nominee Steve James’ nuanced documentary reveals the twists and turns of this real-life spy story, its profound impact on nuclear history, and the couple’s remarkable love and life together during more than 50 years of marriage.