The Good Shepherd (Widescreen Edition)
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Unusual role for Matt Damon. A good insight into the early years of the CIA. Flashbacks were well handled. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Troll
Based on true stories, this movie gives a tantalizing glimpse into the workings of the deep state, starting from membership in the infamous Skull and Bones Yale fraternity, and... Read morePublished 23 days ago by erin rose
Another one of those films you won't like but is most important to see...Published 1 month ago by Kay F Gibbs
We got it earlier than estimated date & it plays good too! Thank you very much & have a nice day! 😆 ☺ 😎Published 1 month ago by Mai P. Pham
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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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