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Good Shepherd

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3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (354 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: August 2, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (354 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #907,193 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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243 of 261 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cold Warrior.... December 23, 2006
The Good Shepherd is a very very good film that I would be reluctant to recommend to many because despite it having a fictionalized history of the genesis of the CIA as its setting, and its cold look at real spycraft, it is really a very quiet and cerebral character study of the sacrifices one man makes for the sake of his country, and the toll taken not only upon himself but also those around him by the life of duplicity, distrust, compromise and real betrayal that this engenders. I don't know how a 2-1/2 hour movie with so button-downed and taciturn a central character as Matt Damon's Edward Wilson will play in multiplex land, but I give all due credit to Damon for embodying this tightly-wrapped, detached man and Robert DeNiro as director for having the courage to center his film on such a cool and enigmatic protagonist.

Using the 1961 Cuban Bay of Pigs disaster as a framing device, we flashback to 1939 Yale and we see Damon's Edward Wilson as a young Eli soon to be inducted into Skull and Bones where he will join the American WASP elite. I'm glad DeNiro spends a bit of time here as we see Wilson as a brilliant and sensitive young man, seemingly with both heart and humor, with a potential to go in many directions in his life. A telling secret of his life is revealed in his Skull & Bones initiation, and soon, for several reasons, he is singled out for the World War II OSS clandestine service and sent to London, England. But not before impregnating the sister of one of his elite brethern and duly marrying her on the eve of his departure. This marriage will be costly to Edward immediately and eventually to his wife and son as the years progress.

Wartime London intrigue ensues and later postwar Berlin and the beginning of the Cold War.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece About Sacrifice August 9, 2007
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Not the typical spy movie, more a beautifully directed intense psychological drama.
Flashback: The six year old Edward Wilson watches his father prepare to commit suicide, although at that moment the boy doesn't realize it. His father discovers him, sends him away, closes the door and shoots himself. This traumatic experience ironically prepares Edward for a career in the CIA. It will take him around the globe, far away from home, maybe even away from his soul...
Edward (wonderfully portrayed by Matt Damon) is almost unable to show his true feelings. He talks very little, gives up his true love to stay with the woman who will give birth to his son (marvelous: Angelina Jolie).
For all of his life he will sacrifice everything around him to serve his country. It is all he has.
When, after the Bay of Pigs fiasco, he is asked to find the mole in the organization, he begins to realize there is not anyone he can trust, never was. Not his father, not his university teacher, not his so-called friends, not even his super.
There might have been loved ones who could have saved him from all his internal misery: his first love, his wife, his son. But it is too late. He cannot trust and there is betrayal all around. It becomes clear that he never got over that terrible shock when he entered the room and found his father lying dead on the floor.
A wonderful film about fate and the choices we all make, where they lead us and what might have been had we taken another road...
The images are perfect, the actors magnificent, Robert De Niro's directing superb. A very complex must have to watch over and over again.
As to the length of the movie. I just noticed other reviewers had a problem with that. Not me. I never got bored for a second.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Le Carré, American Style June 9, 2007
Though not for all tastes, "The Good Shepherd" (2006) is an engrossing spy drama in the John le Carré tradition. Director Robert De Niro gets the most out of his well-cast ensemble, with Matt Damon remarkably effective as the emotionally cold CIA operative and co-founder. Running nearly three hours, the film's leisurely pace works in its favor - chronicling the CIA's evolution from 1939 to the Bay of Pigs fiasco in 1961. Hopefully, De Niro will continue to explore this fascinating saga in his next directorial project.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's missing something December 26, 2007
"The Good Shepherd" is an interesting film about Edward Wilson (Matt Damon), a bright young man who graduates from Yale University and goes on to become one of the founding members of the CIA. The movie is set against a variety of important events in U.S. history, which makes the whole government/political aspect of the film very detailed and accurate. However, there's no spark on the emotional side of things. Damon delivers a strong performance as much as the script allows, but his character is a hollow shell of a man who lacks any emotion or feeling, and therefore makes it virtually impossible for the audience to sympathize for him in any way. This movie is almost three hours long, which seems like a lifetime when you haven't developed any sort of attachment to the main character. The supporting cast of the film is very impressive and includes the likes of Angelina Jolie, Joe Pesci, and Robert De Niro (who also directed the film). However, I don't think any of the characters were well-developed enough to allow the actors to display their vast talents, and therefore this film kind of missed its mark for me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes... watch it!
Intense.. but so well acted and an excellent story. Loved the cast also.
Published 3 days ago by Nina315
5.0 out of 5 stars The Godfather of Spy Movies
Classic Spy Movie, film made with a majority of Academy Award Winners still in their acting prime. Great photography with an historical prospective of the CIA creations.
Published 8 days ago by R. G. Lujan
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must See
A stellar cast provide engaging incite into the early years of our clandestine services. The personal sacrifices and hard decisions come full force during the entire movie. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Wayne A Lemmerhirt
5.0 out of 5 stars The Good Shepherd
The Good Shepherd starring Matt Damon. I bought this as a gift for a family member.
Arrived in good shape.
Published 26 days ago by Joanne A. Wyman
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding movie.
This movie shows and tells you what you never thought possible of our Governments real agency's secrets.. Read more
Published 27 days ago by GoldenGirl147
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
A wonderful cast, a great director, perfect music, a suspenseful story, some rich history, and an excellently laconic performance by Matt Damon.
Published 3 months ago by Robert C. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Follows Actual Events
I have seen this movie at least 5 times and always pick up something new. The author really did his research and presented it well. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bob M.
3.0 out of 5 stars If you want to understand about CIA...
Just see this movie. It's a very good drama.Good actores. Matt Damon performing was very good. Well I would recommend it.
Published 3 months ago by Vana
5.0 out of 5 stars Very engaging
Harkens back to tales of interwoven lives and international espionage such as the movie "Smiley's People" based on the book by John Le Carre. Read more
Published 4 months ago by David Ezell
5.0 out of 5 stars The Good Shepard
The most realistic spy movie by far. This movie benefited from good technical guidance from knowledgeable people. Read more
Published 4 months ago by A Reader
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HDDVD playback issue?
I purchased this disc also. I never got the HD DVD side to play at all. I am using the XBox 360 HD DVD player.
Apr 29, 2007 by Katie V. Gunterman |  See all 5 posts
Why do they keep bringing out Combo HD DVD/Standard DVDs?
The studio thought up the combo discs when trying to decide how best to push the HD format. It's entirely for their benefit; the benefit of the consumer never entered into their heads. So of course, there really isn't any benefit for us.
Nov 27, 2007 by Elliot Cross |  See all 5 posts
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