Good Shepherd (2006) - Oscar® Nominee!
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The Untold Story of the Birth of the CIA.
|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.|
"...smart, thoughtful, psychologically complicated script...truly fascinating. Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"...you have to admire De Niro's moxie. He's mounted a handsome production... Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Damon is terrific...so is everyone else in this intricate, understated but ultimately devastating account... Richard Corliss/Richard Schickel, Time
"A remarkable study of the corrosive effects of fear and power... Walter Addiego, San Francisco Examiner
Editor's NoteWith 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.
The Good Shepherd - DVD Review
By: Rafe Telsch Cinema Blend DVD Reviews
Published on: 4/3/2007 12:07 AM
|I think just about everyone knows that the real spy game isn't made up of gadgets and constant explosions. Real spies don't always get to travel to picturesque locations and they don't always get the girl. So why do we love fictitious spies like James Bond or Jason Bourne' Because the alternative, realistic spy Edward Wilson, is a reminder of just how boring real spy work can be. ...read the full review|
The Good Shepherd - DVD
By: Jeff Martin Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 4/4/2007 7:41 AM
|As a director, Robert De Niro packs the film with meaning, and his actors certainly help in painting a detailed movie, but at times De Niro is a bit self-indulgent, handing himself a fairly important role that he hams up a bit and tossing Joe Pesci into the mix as a mobster who shows up for one scene and makes an out-of-nowhere statement about ethnicity in America....read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|Bruce Fowler - Original Music By|
|Eric Roth - Writer|
|Francis Ford Coppola - Executive Producer|
|Marcelo Zarvos - Original Music By|
|Robert De Niro - Producer|
|Robert De Niro - Director|
|Robert Guerra - Art Director|
|Robert Richardson - Cinematographer|
|Tariq Anwar - Editor|
|Oscar, Jeannine Claudia Oppewall, et. al., Best Achievement in Art Direction|