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Citizen Cohn ()


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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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Roy Marcus Cohn
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Sen. Joseph McCarthy
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Walter Winchell
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Joseph N. Welch
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Dashiell Hammett
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Dora Cohn
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J. Edgar Hoover
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Older Doctor
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Albert Cohn
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Francis Joseph Cardinal Spellman
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Iva Schlesinger
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Sen. Charles Potter
Frances Foster ...
First Annie Lee Moss
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Abe Feller
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Robert F. Kennedy
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Gerald Walpin
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Congressman Neil Gallagher
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Ethel Rosenberg
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Ray Kaplan
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Second Annie Lee Moss
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G. David Schine
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Sen. Everett Dirksen
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Sen. John L. McClellan
Lamont Arnold ...
Male Nurse
Steve Aronson ...
Judge Kaufman
Nigel Bentley ...
English Reporter #2
Bernard Canepari ...
New York Judge
Phillip Cook ...
Monroe
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Carmine Galante
Brandon Danziger ...
Young Roy Cohn
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Female Nurse
David Early ...
Chauffeur
Dick Feagler ...
Newsman
Jeff Gally ...
FBI Man
Fanni Green ...
Juror #9
Alan Haft ...
Disbarment Court Bailiff
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Young Doctor
Larry John Meyers ...
Frank Raichle
Zachary Mott ...
Sam Garfield
Vito Pisani ...
Court Bailiff
Marty Roppelt ...
German Reporter
Joe Petruzzi ...
Peter Frazer (as Joe Salter)
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Milo Gandini (as Joseph Scorsiani)
John Seitz ...
Secretary of the Army Robert Stevens
Jack Skelly ...
New York Waiter
Pip Theodor ...
English Reporter #1
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Reporter
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Clyde Tolson
Don Wadsworth ...
English Reporter #2
Anthony Walsh ...
Sen. Karl Mundt
Rick Warner ...
Robert Morgenthau Jr.
Kate Young ...
French Reporter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Amen ...
Mobster (uncredited)
Rik Billock ...
FBI Agent (uncredited)
Nikolai Bulganin ...
Himself (Parade Saluter) (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Christopher Cussat ...
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
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Courtroom Reporter (uncredited)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Herself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Himself (Parade Saluter) (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Georgi Malenkov ...
Himself (Parade Saluter) (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Jason Menz ...
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Vyacheslav Molotov ...
Himself (Parade Saluter) (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Bellhop (uncredited)
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Herself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Senator (uncredited)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage) (voice)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)

Directed by

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Frank Pierson

Written by

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Nicolas von Hoffman ... (biography)
 
David Franzoni ... (written by)

Produced by

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Doro Bachrach ... producer
Cynthia Fitzpatrick ... producer: trailer
Linda Gottlieb ... executive producer
Alan Haft ... associate producer
Mark Rosenberg ... executive producer
Daniel Schneider ... associate producer
Paula Weinstein ... executive producer

Music by

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Thomas Newman

Cinematography by

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Paul Elliott

Film Editing by

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Peter Zinner

Editorial Department

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Cynthia Fitzpatrick ... editor: trailer
Omneya 'Nini' Mazen ... post-production executive
Marcelo Sansevieri ... associate film editor

Casting By

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Donna Belajac ... casting director: Pittsburgh
Mary Colquhoun

Production Design by

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Stephen Marsh

Art Direction by

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Gary Kosko

Set Decoration by

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Diana Stoughton

Costume Design by

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Jill M. Ohanneson

Makeup Department

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Deborah La Mia Denaver ... makeup: James Woods
Lynne K. Eagan ... key makeup artist
John E. Jackson ... special makeup artist
Rachel Kick ... makeup artist
Matthew W. Mungle ... makeup artist
Linda Williams ... hair stylist

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Michael DeMeritt ... dga trainee
Richard Oswald ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Paul Bucciarelli ... scenic artist
Chris Call ... property master
Thomas J. Garrigan ... assistant property master
Gregory Jones ... lead set dresser
Kenneth J. Kellers ... set dresser
Eugene Pope ... carpenter
Bob Smith ... set dresser
Christian Stavrakis ... set dresser (as Chris Stavrakis)

Sound Department

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Anna Behlmer ... re-recording mixer
Peter Bergren ... sound effects editor
David A. Cohen ... sound editor
Richard Portman ... re-recording mixer
John Pritchett ... production sound mixer
Richard Thomas ... sound effects editor
Dan Wallin ... re-recording mixer

Stunts

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G.A. Aguilar ... stunts (as George Aguilar)
Danny Aiello III ... stunts
Andy Armstrong ... stunt coordinator
Dana Bertolette ... stunts
Peter Bucossi ... stunts
Timothy Butts ... stunts
Jeff Jensen ... stunts
J.T. Lannen ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Robert Bender ... electrician
Brian 'Buzz' Buzzelli ... grip
Daniel Casey ... camera intern
Jorgen Christenen ... set lighting
Steve Cohagan ... best boy electric
Louis DiCesare ... gaffer
Richard Eliano ... assistant camera
Richard Foreman Jr. ... still photographer (as Richard Foreman)
Michael Listorti ... a dolly grip
John S. Moyer ... best boy grip
Ethan Phillips ... electrician
Rich Schutte ... assistant camera
Bubba Sheffield ... key grip

Casting Department

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Nancy Mosser ... extras casting director
J. Ben Sykes ... casting assistant

Location Management

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Deirdre Costa ... assistant location manager

Transportation Department

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Frank A. Serrao ... driver

Other crew

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Steve Battaglia ... set production assistant
Rik Billock ... stand-in (Joe Don Baker)
Eric Dilucente ... production assistant
Brian Hartman ... production assistant
Blaine Koehler ... boat crew
Charles Miklos ... boat crew
Erik Miklos ... boat crew
Frank Miklos ... boat crew
Robert Miklos ... boat crew
Valerie E. Norman ... script supervisor
David C. Ryan ... staging crew (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines He was McCarthy's loyal partner. The Kennedys' worst enemy. The F.B.I.'s best friend. The country's greatest nightmare. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Citizen Cohn - Handlanger des Todes (Germany)
  • Ciudadano Cohn (Spain)
  • Egy elhibázott élet (Hungary)
  • Le pouvoir de Roy Cohn (Canada, French title)
  • Cidadão Cohn (Brazil)
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  • 111 min
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Did You Know?

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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 »
Movie Connections Features Five Easy Pieces (1970). See more »
Quotes Roy Marcus Cohn: Senator, I've seen enough names working for Pat McCarran. You're going to be hauling up Jew after Jew... all those European names, and with a McCarthy and a Kennedy together, it's gonna look like an Irish/Catholic-run pogrom. That will discredit everything you do, and I know, because I'm a Jew.
Senator Joseph McCarthy: But they're Communists. They betrayed the faith of the Fathers for this Socialist God of Iron. Now, that's the issue, not anti-Semitism.
Roy Marcus Cohn: That's NOT what your opposition will say. It's very hard sometimes to control what an issue really is, and if your enemies can find a way to twist your motives, believe me, they will do it.
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