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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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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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The true story of the birth of the CIA through the eyes of a man who never existed. 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) (22 December 2006)

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$59,901,040 (USA) (2 March 2007)
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The filming location of the Deer Island Club was Great Camp Sagamore on Raquette Lake in the Adirondacks. Sagamore was built by prominent designer/developer William West Durant and is a notable example of the Gilded Age Adirondack Great Camp architecture. It was the summer retreat of the Vanderbilt family. The Sagamore interior proved too small to accommodate the entire film production crew so a replica was constructed in New York City. See more »

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During the initial flashback to Edward's Yale days, the 'Buttercup' scene fades in on a pair of chain-tuned timpani with plastic heads. In that year, plastic drum heads were not invented yet. They should more accurately have been calf skin. Plastic heads came into use in the 1950's. See more »

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Joseph Palmi: Let me ask you something... we Italians, we got our families, and we got the church; the Irish, they have the homeland, Jews their tradition; even the niggers, they got their music. What about you people, Mr. Wilson, what do you have?
Edward Wilson: The United States of America. The rest of you are just visiting.
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The end credits feature the dedication "In memory of Gretchen Rau". See more »

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Referenced in The Middleman: The Palindrome Reversal Palindrome (2008) See more »

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Written and Produced by Bruce Fowler
Performed by Vince Giordano and His Nighthawks Orchestra (as Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks Orchestra)
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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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