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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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Edward Wilson believed in America, and he would sacrifice everything he loved to protect it. 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) (22 December 2006)

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$59,901,040 (USA) (2 March 2007)
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Angelina Jolie's character Margret's nickname is Clover which was Allen Dulles's wife's real name See more »

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As a Russian, Mironov should have had his wedding band on his right hand. See more »

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Philip Allen: They're a weakness of mine. When I was a child, my mother would always reward me with a chocolate. It's a dreadful habit.
Edward Wilson: The chocolates or seeking approval.
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The end credits feature the dedication "In memory of Gretchen Rau". See more »

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Referenced in Younger: The Good Shepherd (2016) See more »

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Come Rain or Come Shine
Written by Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer
Performed by Ann Hampton Callaway
Courtesy of Telarc Records
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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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