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Citizen Cohn (1992)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  22 August 1992 (USA)
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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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Dora Cohn
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Older Doctor
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Albert Cohn
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A harsh look at the life and times of Roy Marcus Cohn, Esquire, thorough flashbacks as he's dying of AIDS in a New York hospital. Cohn was the chief counsel to Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy during the "Red Scare" of the late fifties. Written by Rick Munoz <rick.munoz@his.com>

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aids | hospital | flashback | lawyer | senator | See more »

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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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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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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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Disturbing and funny
3 June 1999 | by (Eatontown, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

This film is an amazing study in self-loathing. As Cohn himself puts it in the movie, he was "a Jew who persecuted Jews; a gay who persecuted gays." Always trying to prove something to himself or his parents, he recklessly smashed lives and helped create the paranoia of the McCarthy era.

In the midst of the tragedy there are some very funny moments such as when Cohn eats off the plates of everyone he is dining with including Cardinal Spellman of New York. He was indulged and self-indulgent.

There is a Shakespearian quality to some of the scenes in which Cohn speaks to himself or to the ghosts of people he hurt. This is a disturbing look at human ego as well as a bitterly funny movie.


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