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Citizen Cohn (1992)

As lawyer and power broker Roy Cohn lies dying of AIDS in a private hospital room, ghosts from his past visit him as he reflects on his life and loves.

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Frank Pierson

Writers:

Nicolas von Hoffman (biography), David Franzoni
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Woods ... Roy Marcus Cohn
Joe Don Baker ... Sen. Joseph McCarthy
Joseph Bologna ... Walter Winchell
Ed Flanders ... Joseph N. Welch
Frederic Forrest ... Dashiell Hammett
Lee Grant ... Dora Cohn
Pat Hingle ... J. Edgar Hoover
John McMartin ... Older Doctor
Josef Sommer ... Albert Cohn
Daniel Benzali ... Francis Joseph Cardinal Spellman
Tovah Feldshuh ... Iva Schlesinger
John Finn ... Sen. Charles Potter
Frances Foster Frances Foster ... First Annie Lee Moss
Allen Garfield ... Abe Feller
David Marshall Grant ... Robert F. Kennedy
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Storyline

In the 50's, the ambitious and unscrupulous Jewish prosecutor Roy M. Cohn convinces Senator Joseph McCarthy to be his Chief Counselor in his hunting against communists. The arrogant Cohn destroys careers and lives and becomes a Jew hunting Jews and a gay hunting gays. In 1985, he dies of AIDS in a hospital in New York. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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He was McCarthy's loyal partner. The Kennedys' worst enemy. The F.B.I.'s best friend. The country's greatest nightmare.

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cetateanul Cohn See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In this film, Lee Grant played Dora Cohn, Roy Cohn's mother. In real life, just as Lee Grant's career was exploding ('Best Actress' winner at Cannes & nominee at Oscars), she fell victim to McCarthyism, being blacklisted in 1951 by the House Un-American Activities Committee for refusing to testify against her husband, blacklisted playwright/screenwriter Arnold Manoff. As a result, she got very little work for about 12 years. See more »

Goofs

As he is scattering ashes into what is purportedly the East River, Cohn says he consigns his mother to the waters of New Jersey, where she did not live. The East River does not border New Jersey. See more »

Quotes

[McCarthy and Cohn make a toast]
Senator Joseph McCarthy: To the birth of Jesus.
Roy Marcus Cohn: Right. Another tough Jew.
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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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James Woods is Spectacular!
26 July 1999 | by Mr. Blue-2See all my reviews

James Woods never disappoints the viewer. He is one of the best actors in Hollywood. Roy Cohn comes alive with Woods. He portrays Cohn as a liar, thief, hypocrite and egomaniac - a brilliant man who wasted his talent. You feel his death from AIDS is his "punishment" for the outrageous nature of his life.

There is, however, a BIG problem with this film. The writer, Nicolas von Hoffman, is allegedly presenting a biography. I "learned" from von Hoffman that Ethel Rosenberg was framed by Cohn and the government, she really didn't spy for the Soviets. I also "learned" that J. Edgar Hoover and Clyde Tolson lived together as "man and wife" for over twenty-five years and that Hoover and Tolson sought out fellow queer Cohn to help smear Robert Kennedy. Please - where is the historical evidence?

The movie was entertaining. Just call it fiction, and not a biography. I don't need some some super liberal Hollywood writer trying to change history for me.


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