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Good Shepherd

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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 Home Video
SKU 204091144
UPC 025192867224
UPC 14 00025192867224
Format DVD
Release Date 9/1/2009
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
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
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, English, Spanish, French, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1), No Longer Produced
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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