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Citizen Cohn (1992)

As lawyer and power broker Roy Cohn lies dying of AIDS in a private hospital room, ghosts from his past visit him as he reflects on his life and loves.

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 11 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »
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In the 50's, the ambitious and unscrupulous Jewish prosecutor Roy Marcus Cohn convinces Senator Joseph McCarthy to be his Chief Counselor in his hunting against communists. The arrogant Cohn destroys careers and lives and becomes a Jew hunting Jews and a gay hunting gays. In 1985, he dies of AIDS in a hospital in New York. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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He was McCarthy's loyal partner. The Kennedys' worst enemy. The F.B.I.'s best friend. The country's greatest nightmare.

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22 August 1992 (USA)  »

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Cidadão Cohn  »

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In this film, Lee Grant played Dora Cohn, Roy Cohn's mother. In real life, just as Lee Grant's career was exploding ('Best Actress' winner at Cannes & nominee at Oscars), she fell victim to McCarthyism, being blacklisted in 1951 by the House Un-American Activities Committee for refusing to testify against her husband, blacklisted playwright/screenwriter Arnold Manoff. As a result, she got very little work for about 12 years. See more »

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As he is scattering ashes into what is purportedly the East River, Cohn says he consigns his mother to the waters of New Jersey, where she did not live. The East River does not border New Jersey. See more »

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[the ghost of Joseph Welch speaks to Cohn on his deathbed]
Joseph N. Welch: Well, how did I do, Mr. Cohn?
Roy Marcus Cohn: The trial is over. You got McCarthy... but you didn't get me.
Joseph N. Welch: You think you're on trial here? What would you be on trial for? And might I say, Mr. Cohn, for your sexual predilections I bear no grudge, no malice, nor for the hot, secret practices of your friends, not Mr. Hoover, not His Excellency the Cardinal. But shame, Mr. Cohn, for persecuting in public those who are no different than you.
Roy Marcus Cohn: [denying] I'm ...
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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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Great for a TV movie
10 December 2003 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

I have to admit that I really dislike most made-for-TV movies, but this was a really good movie.

The acting and the overall production measures up to a good lower budget feature film.


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