The Good Shepherd Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 6661

Average Rating: 2.5/4

# of Ratings: 93

Theatrical Release Date: 12/22/2006

Language: English

Genre: Drama

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Robert De Niro

Actors: Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Alec Baldwin, Robert De Niro

Plot: The history of the CIA and how it got its start and achieved power. A bleak look at how power, secrets and never knowing what is real can steal your soul.

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tonks76 - wrote on 11/05/2014

Excellent excellent cast. All the male cameos you want. Extremely boring story.

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dukeakasmudge - wrote on 09/09/2011

After I fell asleep a couple times watching this-I just decided to turn it off

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sapien - wrote on 08/22/2009

I expected a little bit more since this is a De Niro movie. But, it still had a chilling scene, and a surprise ending.

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"The Good Shepherd" by Yojimbo

Yojimbo - wrote on 10/29/2015

Recruited out of his college fraternity into the US counter intelligence service of World War II, a major player in the early days of the CIA recalls the events leading up to the Bay Of Pigs fiasco. The Good Shepherd is an examination of the role of espionage in the United States and its dealings with the world during the Cold War period and the toll it takes on the life of a once moral and idealistic young man. Robert DeNiro's direction owes an obvious debt to Martin Scorsese and the cinematography is excellent, making for a very visually appealing film. What it does lack is a real sense of edginess or menace in what should be an atmosphere of suspicion and paranoia and its dour protagonist makes it difficult to engage with the characters. But the fantastic cast is always watchable and …

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Daniel Corleone - wrote on 07/28/2012

Edward Wilson (Matt Damon) invited to join Skull and Bones, a secret society and eventually becomes s Senior CIA Officer. He becomes romantically involvved with deaf student named Laura (Tammy Blanchard) while being seduced by 'Clover' Russell (Angelina Jolie). FBI agent Sam Murach (Alec Baldwin) approaches Edward and also meets General Bill Sullivan (Robert De Niro) asks Edward to join the OSS, offering him a post in London. Damon and Jolie were solid but both were unlikable characters. Baldwin and John Turturro were fantastic supporting casts, and a back-story or better character development would have been interesting. In emotional scenes Damon was just stone cold and insensitive. The numerous characters kept the story moving and the Skull and Bones moments were a waste of time. …

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Different kind of spy movie

Josh C - wrote on 03/23/2007

The CIA has all the answers to everything except how to be human. In the height of the Cold War, the CIA is formed to save the American way of life from the communists. One man, Edward Wilson (Matt Damon) sacrifices everything for his love of the USA. This movie depicts a depressing story about happiness and how it is never found by this man who Russia calls "Mother".

Trust no one. This is the premises of the whole movie, and directory Robert De Niro does a good job of showing how this lack of trust makes being happy impossible. It is refreshing to see a movie about a secret government agency that didn't involve high-tech inventions and crazy action sequences. Instead, the film is more about the drama of loosing everything that is important in a game where there are no winners. The …

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