Good Shepherd

Directed By: Robert De Niro Starring: Matt Damon Angelina Jolie

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The intense and thrilling untold story of the birth of the cia. One man's unwavering loyalty to his country forces him to sacrifice everything and trust no one in a world of secrets, deception and murder to help create what would become the most feared and powerful covert agency in the world.


Studio Universal
SKU 204091143
UPC 025192867125
UPC 14 00025192867125
Format DVD
Release Date 9/1/2015
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note With THE GOOD SHEPHERD, Robert De Niro (A BRONX TALE) makes an ambitious return to the director's chair. A labor of love for Oscar-winning screenwriter Eric Roth (FORREST GUMP), the film tells an epic, fictionalized account of how the Central Intelligence Agency was born. Matt Damon plays Edward Wilson, a reserved young man who graduated from Yale in the late 1930s. His membership in the exclusive, hidden Skull and Bones society led him away from poetry and into a relationship with the federal government, who recruited him to help them on several covert operations. Roth's script alternates between Wilson's gradual emergence as a genuine government operative in the early 1940s and the infamous Bay of Pigs conflict in the early 1960s. Along the way, he has a sweet romance with a pretty deaf girl (a sparkling Tammy Blanchard) and ends up marrying the woman he impregnates (Angelina Jolie) out of a strong sense of duty. Throughout the film, the emergence of a mysterious tape haunts Wilson, who is determined to uncover the truth behind a leak in his secret organization.^Production designer Jeannine Claudia Oppewall (L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN) and costume designer Ann Roth (THE ENGLISH PATIENT, THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY) faithfully recreate these earlier periods in American history, while the imagery of Oscar-winning cinematographer Robert Richardson (J.F.K., THE AVIATOR) casts a warm, stately glow upon De Niro's assembled cast of luminaries (including Alec Baldwin, Michael Gambon, William Hurt, Billy Crudup, and Joe Pesci). The result is a production that recalls Francis Ford Coppola's THE CONVERSATION and Steven Spielberg's MUNICH.
Entertainment Weekly "[Damon] has excelled at subverting the all-American openness he projects....Here, he's the ultimate enigma machine, a man willing to erase himself for his country." -- Grade: B 12/22/2006 p.56,Included in Entertainment Weekly's "Top 10 Films Of The Year" -- "It's a movie that perches you on the edge of your brain." 12/29/2006 p.106
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "[With] a killer cast, with character-actor stalwarts like Alec Baldwin, William Hurt and Michael Gambon filling out its most minor roles." 03/01/2007 p.36
Box Office "[T]he story it tells -- about the early years of the simply too compelling to dismiss..." 02/01/2007 p.73
Uncut "[De Niro] proves here that - like Clint Eastwood - he can direct a mature, questioning film without didacticism or pomp." 03/01/2007 p.114
Movieline's Hollywood Life "The period details are hypnotic, and the message is ripe for the moment." 03/01/2007 p.108
Sight and Sound "Intelligent, cleverly written and extraordinarily well crafted and performed, THE GOOD SHEPHERD boasts a subtlety and depth you won't find in the world of Jason Bourne or James Bond." 04/01/2007 p.63
USA Today 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Matt Damon is terrific....The rare long movie that's at its strongest near the end." 04/06/2007 p.8E
Ultimate DVD 4 stars out of 5 -- "De Niro's faith in the audience's intelligence is refreshing, making this rewardingly complicated viewing that is bolstered by the film's ambitious scope and lavish production values." 06/29/2007 p.31
Robert De Niro
Matt Damon
Angelina Jolie
Cast & Crew
Alec Baldwin - Actor
Angelina Jolie - Actor
Billy Crudup - Actor
Bruce Fowler - Original Music By
Eric Roth - Writer
Francis Ford Coppola - Executive Producer
Joe Pesci - Actor
John Turturro - Actor
Marcelo Zarvos - Original Music By
Matt Damon - Actor
Michael Gambon - Actor
Robert De Niro - Producer
Robert De Niro - Director
Robert Guerra - Art Director
Robert Richardson - Cinematographer
Tariq Anwar - Editor
William Hurt - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2006
Catalog ID 61028671
UPC 00025192867125
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 168 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
Nominee (2007) Oscar, Jeannine Claudia Oppewall, et. al., Best Achievement in Art Direction
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review The Good Shepherd is Robert DeNiro's fictionalized account of the birth and early years of the CIA. While the names have been changed to protect the not-so-innocent, many of the characters have real-life counterparts. The lengthy movie (15 minutes shy of three hours) unspools like a cold war spy novel, with betrayals, double-crosses, triple-crosses, and fluid allegiances...The Good Shepherd is equally fascinating as a character drama and as a cold war thriller...The bottom line is that The Good Shepherd is engaging cinema. The length is a drawback, but not a big one since the movie earns the majority of its 165-minute running time. De Niro pulls the viewer into the world he has created and holds him there, sometimes spellbound, until the story is over and the end credits roll.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
Review Thirteen years after he made an auspicious directorial debut with the affectionately observed coming-of-age story A Bronx Tale (1993), Robert De Niro resoundingly beats the sophomore slump with The Good Shepherd, a sweeping and richly entertaining historical drama about the rise of the CIA, based in part on the real-life experiences of the organization's enigmatic founder, James J. Angleton. Handsomely crafted and impeccably acted by an all-star cast, this quietly riveting and meticulously detailed film presents a fascinating portrait of Cold War-era espionage through the experiences of Edward Wilson...Unfolding at a thoughtful, measured pace, The Good Shepherd may not hold you completely in its grip over the course of its nearly three-hour running time, but its excessive length in no way blunts the power of this intriguing and sharply drawn film.
Reviewer Tim Knight
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, English, Spanish, French, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1)
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
David Denby, The New Yorker One of the most impressive movies ever made about espionage.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, thoughtful, psychologically complicated script...truly fascinating.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone have to admire De Niro's moxie. He's mounted a handsome production...
Richard Corliss/Richard Schickel, Time Damon is is everyone else in this intricate, understated but ultimately devastating account...
Walter Addiego, San Francisco Examiner A remarkable study of the corrosive effects of fear and power...

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