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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.

Director:

Robert De Niro

Writer:

Eric Roth
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Damon ... Edward Wilson
Angelina Jolie ... Margaret 'Clover' Russell
Alec Baldwin ... Sam Murach
Tammy Blanchard ... Laura
Billy Crudup ... Arch Cummings
Robert De Niro ... Bill Sullivan
Keir Dullea ... Senator John Russell, Sr.
Michael Gambon ... Dr. Fredericks
Martina Gedeck ... Hanna Schiller
William Hurt ... Philip Allen
Timothy Hutton ... Thomas Wilson
Mark Ivanir ... Valentin Mironov #2
Gabriel Macht ... John Russell, Jr.
Lee Pace ... Richard Hayes
Joe Pesci ... Joseph Palmi
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Storyline

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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Who is the good shepherd? The one who looks after his family or the one who looks after his country? See more »


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Rated R for some violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Universal [United States]

Country:

USA

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English | Spanish | Russian | German | Lingala

Release Date:

22 December 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El buen pastor See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,142,760, 24 December 2006

Gross USA:

$59,952,835

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$99,480,480
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Matt Damon studied Gene Hackman's performance in The Conversation (1974) in preparation for this role. See more »

Goofs

The scenes in war-time London show the characters walking outside at night under working street-lights, but London's streetlights were not turned on during war-time, in order to make it more difficult for German bombers to locate their targets. See more »

Quotes

Clover Wilson: [after the first order of business refers to Skull and bones and the second is a relgious invocation] Bonesmen first, God second.
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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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Great Intense Movie
14 December 2006 | by MelodySee all my reviews

If you're out to see a movie soon, this is one that should be on the top of your list. An all-star cast and an intriguing story isn't all that this movie has. It has some great performances from both Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie that are likely to get some award nominations.

I won't give any spoilers, I'll just give my background and overall opinion. When I saw the commercials, I thought it seemed interesting, but not interesting enough to get me out of my seat right now to go see it. It just didn't seem to have anything totally different than other movies, other than the combination of actors. Since I just got to see it anyway, I realized that it's one of those movies that ends up being better than you think it would be.

Matt Damon, as always, plays a good serious guy who's smart, savvy, and dedicated to his job. It kind of reminded me of his characters in The Departed and the Bourne Identity, except it's in a different situation and setting. His performance in this role was very fitting and believable.

Angelina Jolie surprisingly worked well with this role. In the commercials I thought she was a little too wild compared to Matt Damon's calm character, but she really brought out the emotion of a wife who felt shut out and didn't have a complete relationship with and understanding of her husband.

Robert DeNiro of course was great. It was a nicely added touch to an already good movie.

While I wouldn't say it's as factual as the History Channel, I think the subject of the movie does put good insight on the history of the CIA. I think people who are into government/politics and history would like the storyline. It does focus quite a bit on his family relationship and how it is affected by his job in the CIA, and I'm sure any couple who has been in a similar situation would understand it.

Overall, the movie was better than I thought and I would recommend it to movie-goers, especially those who like suspense and any of the main characters.


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