• The Good Shepherd (2006)

The Good Shepherd

Release Date: December 22nd, 2006

DVD Release Date: April 3rd, 2007

R |2 hr 48 min

Plot Summary

Discreet, idealistic and intensely loyal, Edward Wilson (Matt Damon) finds that service in the OSS and later as a founding member of the Central Intelligence Agency is the perfect career for a man of his talents. His methods become standard operating procedure for the CIA while he combats his counterparts in the KGB. But, as the country slips deeper into the Cold War, Edward finds that dedication to duty above family has a price.

Cast: Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Alec Baldwin, Tammy Blanchard, Billy Crudup, Robert De Niro, Keir Dullea, Michael Gambon

Director: Robert De Niro

Genres: Thriller , Drama

Production Co: Morgan Creek Productions, American Zoetrope, Tribeca Productions, Universal Pictures

Distributors: Universal Pictures

Keywords: Rise, 1940s, Tense, Father, 1930s, Fall, Brooding, London, 1960s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    A cool-headed thriller, and a richly detailed character study that traces the birth and evolution of America's foreign espionage bureaucracy, The Good Shepherd also marks a significantly more mature, assured directing turn from Robert De Niro. show more

  • 80
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    While a bit unwieldy at nearly three hours and at times slow going, the film is absolutely fascinating for anyone who shares De Niro's passions. show more

  • 100
    Walter AddiegoSan Francisco Examiner

    A remarkable study of the corrosive effects of fear and power on an establishment insider who puts duty above all else. show more

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Awards

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