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
Joe Pesci appeared in one scene as a Mafia boss (Joseph Palmi) who, it is implied in the film, is a fictionalized version of Sam Giancana (in one scene, it is mentioned that Fidel Castro has seized "three of (Palmi's) casinos and thrown him out of (Cuba)". In fact, Castro did "nationalize" several Giancana-controlled casinos). The C.I.A. recruited Giancana for several assassination attempts on Castro. See more »
It is about sunset-time when 6 year-old Edward runs into his parent's room and hides in the closet. They must have talked hours, since when Edward is leaving the room, it is the dead of the night outside. See more »
[Discussing the new CIA with Wilson]
I'm concerned that too much power will end up in the hands of too few. It's always in somebody's best interests to promote enemies, real or imagined. I see this as America's eyes and ears. I don't want it to become its heart and soul.
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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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