The Americans (2013)

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Rated: TV-MA

Released: 30 January 2013 (USA)

Runtime: 44 Min

Taglines: All’s fair in love and cold war.

Genres: Crime | Drama | Mystery | Thriller

Director:

Writers: Joseph Weisberg

Actors: Keri Russell , Matthew Rhys , Keidrich Sellati

Country: USA

Language: English

 

At the height of the Cold War two Russian agents pose as your average American couple, complete with family.

Plot

A pair of deep-cover Soviet spies masquerades as a typical DC couple whose children, neighbors, coworkers & friends are completely unaware of their activities. At home, they’re the stereotypical parents of stereotypical kids; at work, they pose as travel agents; but at night, they weave a web of confidants, lovers, dupes, and historical figures from the Reagan-era Cold War. The startlingly realistic plot twists force the viewer to consider the real cost of an undeclared war, what it takes to protect one’s beliefs, if it’s worth it, and if it actually worked for either side.

Philip and Elizabeth Jennings seem like your average American couple. Married for nearly 20 years they have two children, run a travel agency and live in suburbia. However, they are masking a secret double-life: they are, in fact, Russian spies, planted in the US nearly 20 years previously. It is the early-1980s and the height of the Cold War, with Philip and Elizabeth at the forefront of the USSR’s attempts to gain information on US activities and weaponry. Tasked with countering espionage and tracking down Soviet spies is a special division of the FBI. Stan Beeman is one of their brightest agents. He also happens to be the Jennings’s neighbour.

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