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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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Who is the good shepherd? The one who looks after his family or the one who looks after his country? 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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$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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Ray (John Turturro) tells Edward (Matt Damon), "There's a stranger in our house." Tammy Blanchard (Laura) would later go on to appear in the film "Stranger in the House". See more »

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During Edward's stay in London during WW2 he is listening to a radio broadcast from a brown and cream colored Bakelite radio. The model, a Bush DAC10, wasn't introduced into the UK until 1950. 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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Silouans Song
Written by Arvo Pärt
Performed by Tallinna Kammerorkester (as The Tallinn Chamber Orchestra)
Tõnu Kaljuste, conductor
Courtesy of ECM Records
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Remarkable
1 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I wasn't sure that a movie like this could or would still be made and released in this country.

No, it wasn't Mission Impossible 6. It didn't have the overwhelming special effects, chases, explosions and gunfights one might expect in a spy thriller. It didn't need them. Thrilling enough was the exposition of character (imagine that). Plot? Whose real life has ever had a tight plot line? Edward Wilson's life meandered along like many do. In fact, I found it even more interesting because the turns Wilson's life took seemed dictated by his character and not just by his chosen profession.

Courageous choices were made by DeNiro in making this film, by Damon in tackling the role with such coldness and stoicism, and by Jolie in passing on being a movie star in favor of being an actress.


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