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The Good Shepherd (2006)

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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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$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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When Wilson and Hayes are standing in the lobby of the under-construction CIA headquarters talking about the quote on the wall, Edwards asks what it means. Hayes replies "That's classified." The reply was appropriate considering this would come to be known as the Wall of Honor, where undercover CIA agents killed while on a mission would be honored only by a single star carved into the wall. There would be no names mentioned because their work is classified. See more »

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In the office scene in 1961 we can see modern white plastic wall clocks and a modern tourchier floor lamp in the background. See more »

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Bill Sullivan: My feet, they're cutting off pieces of them. It's not dignified for a man to have to die from the feet up.
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The end credits feature the dedication "In memory of Gretchen Rau". See more »

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Featured in De Niro: A Self Portrait (2007) See more »

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Fools Rush In
Written by Rube Bloom, Johnny Mercer
Produced by Bruce Fowler
Performed by Vince Giordano and His Nighthawks Orchestra (as Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks Orchestra)
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Excellent
2 January 2007 | by (New York, USA) – See all my reviews

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The good shepherd is an excellent film. The reason this film was dubbed the "Godfather of spy movies" is because ala the "Godfather" De Niro uses real life situations involving the CIA and blends them together creating a story around the lead character played by Matt Damon. In addition,several great performances in character parts complement Damon's performance, notably Michael Gambon and John Turturro were both superb. You shouldn't view this film expecting to be blown out of your seats, it is deep, and requires strict attention to detail. My wife and I viewed this film in a packed movie house and we were very certain that half the people in the audience didn't understand or appreciate what they had just seen. I am not saying you need to be of great intellect to enjoy this film, but one of the things De Niro manages to do is bring back a thinking man's drama that is often not seen in today's attention deficit, shoot them up, bang – bang movies. This film makes it obvious that Directors Bertolucci and Leone have left a huge impression on De Niro and the result is a movie that both would be proud of.


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