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The Good Shepherd (2006)

The tumultuous early history of the Central Intelligence Agency is viewed through the prism of one man's life.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »
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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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Edward Wilson believed in America, and he would sacrifice everything he loved to protect it. See more »


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

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22 December 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El buen pastor  »

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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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Trivia

Ray (John Turturro) tells Edward (Matt Damon), "There's a stranger in our house." Tammy Blanchard (Laura) appeared in Stranger in the House (2015). See more »

Goofs

When Edward first meets General Sullivan, the General's cane moves around between shots. See more »

Quotes

[from trailer]
Edward Wilson: My orders came through. I'll be going overseas.
Clover Wilson: What are you going to do, Edward? Save the world?
Edward Wilson: I'll do what I can.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits feature the dedication "In memory of Gretchen Rau". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Younger: The Good Shepherd (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

O Christmas Tree
Traditional tune, lyrics by Ernst Anschütz (uncredited)
Performed by The Brentwood Singers
Courtesy of Brentwood Records/Provident Label Group
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Not for the dim or distracted, an outstanding film.
30 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

Not for the dim or distracted, this outstanding trans-generational exploration of father/son paranoia and betrayal fueled by unresolved oedipal turmoil takes us on a historical tour of US Intelligence from the OSS of World War II to the Bay of Pigs. Acting, editing and directing are all superb. The characters are complex and vital, and the relationships textured.

No narrative spoon-feeding here. The viewer shares in the protagonist's bewilderment of who's who and what's what, which may be more than the viewer bargained for. If a second screening is needed to sort out the nuance of it all, consider it well worth the cost of the ticket. -Doug


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