“A COMPASSIONATE SPY” from two-time Oscar® nominee Steve James’ is an engrossing story about the nuclear spy, his love story, and an important message to the world
By Oliver Carnay
After watching “OPPENHEIMER” I stumbled upon a title that would be interesting for me to watch — “A COMPASSIONATE SPY,” which is opening in Laemmle Theatres on August 4.
TED HALL is an 18-year-old Harvard undergraduate to be the youngest physicist who was recruited in 1944 on the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos to help create the atomic bomb. Hall didn’t share his colleagues’ elation after the successful detonation of the world’s first atomic bomb in Japan. Increasingly concerned with Germany clearly losing the war—that a U.S. post-war monopoly on such a powerful weapon could lead to nuclear catastrophe, he decided beginning that October to start passing key information about the bomb’s construction to the Soviet Union.
Hall, in 1998, a year before his death, confessed about his involvement to having passed nuclear secrets to the Soviets while working on the Manhattan project.