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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph N. Welch
Dora Cohn
Older Doctor
Albert Cohn
Francis Joseph Cardinal Spellman
Iva Schlesinger
Sen. Charles Potter
Frances Foster ...
First Annie Lee Moss
Abe Feller


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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Release Date:

22 August 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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 »


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 »


Roy Marcus Cohn: Can you, uh... I got to go to court because they're gonna try to disbar me.
Ethel Rosenberg: The hearings are over, darling, all over.
Roy Marcus Cohn: Did I win?
Ethel Rosenberg: No!
Roy Marcus Cohn: [With disbelief] No? They disbarred me?
Ethel Rosenberg: Ooh, they did!
Roy Marcus Cohn: [Incredulously] Unhh?
Ethel Rosenberg: Why were you so naughty? Why?
Roy Marcus Cohn: Oh, I don't know!
Ethel Rosenberg: Why? Why did you get me? Hmmm?
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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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James Woods is Spectacular!
26 July 1999 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

James Woods never disappoints the viewer. He is one of the best actors in Hollywood. Roy Cohn comes alive with Woods. He portrays Cohn as a liar, thief, hypocrite and egomaniac - a brilliant man who wasted his talent. You feel his death from AIDS is his "punishment" for the outrageous nature of his life.

There is, however, a BIG problem with this film. The writer, Nicolas von Hoffman, is allegedly presenting a biography. I "learned" from von Hoffman that Ethel Rosenberg was framed by Cohn and the government, she really didn't spy for the Soviets. I also "learned" that J. Edgar Hoover and Clyde Tolson lived together as "man and wife" for over twenty-five years and that Hoover and Tolson sought out fellow queer Cohn to help smear Robert Kennedy. Please - where is the historical evidence?

The movie was entertaining. Just call it fiction, and not a biography. I don't need some some super liberal Hollywood writer trying to change history for me.

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