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The Good Shepherd (2006)

The tumultuous early history of the Central Intelligence Agency is viewed through the prism of one man's life.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Laconic and self-contained, Edward Wilson heads CIA covert operations during the Bay of Pigs. The agency suspects that Castro was tipped, so Wilson looks for the leak. As he investigates, he recalls, in a series of flashbacks, his father's death, student days at Yale (poetry; Skull and Bones), recruitment into the fledgling OSS, truncated affairs, a shotgun marriage, cutting his teeth on spy craft in London, distance from his son, the emergence of the Cold War, and relationships with agency, British, and Soviet counterparts. We watch his idealism give way to something else: disclosing the nature of that something else is at the heart of the film's narration as he closes in on the leak. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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All our dirty secrets start here. See more »


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Rated R for some violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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22 December 2006 (USA)  »

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El buen pastor  »

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$90,000,000 (estimated)

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$14,142,760 (USA) (24 December 2006)

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$59,952,835 (USA)
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One of two films released on 2006 starring both Alec Baldwin and Matt Damon. The other film was The Departed (2006). See more »

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The list in Dr. Fredericks' briefcase that Wilson copies was clearly made with a computer. Of course, these were not available at the time the movie takes place. See more »

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Ulysses: Hello, I believe you know me as Ulysses. Do you know what our code name is for you... it's "Mother". Yes, they said you were the quiet type. But your silence speaks volumes, what is the saying? "Your silence is deafening," yes that is it. You will be a great advesary Mother, hopefully for many years.
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The end credits feature the dedication "In memory of Gretchen Rau". See more »

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Referenced in Youth Without Youth (2007) See more »

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Shenandoah Song
Arranged by Henry Pedersen
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Not for the dim or distracted, an outstanding film.
30 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not for the dim or distracted, this outstanding trans-generational exploration of father/son paranoia and betrayal fueled by unresolved oedipal turmoil takes us on a historical tour of US Intelligence from the OSS of World War II to the Bay of Pigs. Acting, editing and directing are all superb. The characters are complex and vital, and the relationships textured.

No narrative spoon-feeding here. The viewer shares in the protagonist's bewilderment of who's who and what's what, which may be more than the viewer bargained for. If a second screening is needed to sort out the nuance of it all, consider it well worth the cost of the ticket. -Doug


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