The Good Shepherd [Blu-ray] [2006]

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  • Release Date: 01/06/2015
  • Rating: R
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (65 out of 67)

Special Features


  • 16 minutes of deleted scenes

Synopsis


The Good Shepherd
One man bears witness to the secret history of America during the Cold War in this drama directed by celebrated actor Robert De Niro. In 1939, Edward Wilson (Matt Damon) is a young man with a bright future ahead of him -- he's a top student at Yale and the protégé of one of the school's leading English professors, Dr. Fredericks (Michael Gambon). But Wilson's life changes dramatically when he's invited to join Yale's powerful secret society, Skull and Bones. Through his Skull and Bones connections, Wilson meets Sam Murach (Alec Baldwin), an mysterious FBI agent who asks Wilson to investigate charges that Fredericks is a Nazi sympathizer working with the German government. Later, at a Skull and Bones party, Wilson is introduced to Clover Russell (Angelina Jolie), the sister of one of his classmates and the daughter of a powerful politician; their one-night stand leaves Clover pregnant, and Wilson must leave the woman he loves, Laura (Tammy Blanchard), to wed Clover and give their child a name. Shortly after their wedding, thanks to his work with Murach, Wilson is invited to join the Office of Strategic Services, a military intelligence organization organized by Bill Sullivan (Robert De Niro), and Wilson accepts. Through World War II, Wilson serves with the OSS, and learns he can trust no one in the game of international espionage, which helps make him little more than a stranger to his wife, his son, and his few friends. As the OSS evolves into the Central Intelligence Agency after the war, Wilson becomes party to America's darkest and most dangerous secrets, and in the wake of the futile Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961, Wilson is forced to make a terrible choice between the security of his nation and the safety of his family. Inspired by the true-life story of CIA founder James J. Angleton, The Good Shepherd boasts an impressive supporting cast, including William Hurt, John Turturro, Billy Crudup, Joe Pesci, and Timothy Hutton. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Matt Damon
    Matt Damon - Edward Wilson
  • Angelina Jolie
    Angelina Jolie - Clover/Margaret Russell
  • Alec Baldwin
    Alec Baldwin - Sam Murach
  • Tammy Blanchard
    Tammy Blanchard - Laura
  • Billy Crudup
    Billy Crudup - Arch Cummings



Overall customer rating

4.4
98%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Intriguing Movie

    Posted
    TheSpartan117

    I wasn't expecting much of this film and saw in theaters with friends. The store is interesting and subtle. Matt Damon does an excellent job filling the role, he really became his character in this one, and is far different from other roles he has played. What is scary, is that many of the events depicted could have plausibly happened that way. From World War II to the Bay of Pigs, spies existed and continue to be an intiguing topic. Whether you want the smooth gentleman assasin James Bond, straight out of ficiton, or something more down to earth, these stories never cease to fascinate. Definitely a nice plot twist at the end. This is a suspense drama for the record, hardly an action film if that's what you're seeking. This is a good popcorn film and worth buying. I may own a lot of movies, and may watch even more, but i only buy ones that i find actually entertaining and worthy of replay. Check it out, it's a good one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie

    Posted
    Throwdown918

    I definitely enjoyed this movie. This is one of those films that you must pay attention to the details to really understand whats going on. It's nice to finally see a film that doesn't just give you all the answers in the end, and really makes you think. The whole movie is done really well from Matt Damons, family slowly falling apart to his rise in the CIA. It's eerie the decisions Matt Damon has to make in his position in this film, and in the end you will be surprised as to what the outcomes are to those decisions. This is a great movie and even at three hours length is really worth a viewing. Would recommend purchasing for anyone interested in this genre of films.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good but a little slow

    Posted
    GrayBear
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    I liked the movie! I have always liked all of the different actors/actresses that were in it ... So I bought it! To me, I don't think anyone really stood out as an exceptional role, nor a bad role It just seemed a little slow to me - found myself getting up and doing other things while watching it. I will probably watch it a second time, this time at night and see if I can give it all of my attention. I don't feel like I wasted my money though :)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie, Better value!

    Posted
    JohnZ
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    A classic spy flick on Blu-ray Disc. Run time of 2 hours & 48 minutes with Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie & Robert De Niro. How can you go wrong with such a cast. So pop some popcorn and get you favorite drink and enjoy this spy thriller in the comforts of your own home!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    If you like a spy/thriller, get this movie!

    Posted
    sixone

    A movie that makes you think. Who do you trust? Will you survive? Set in pre through post WWII era US Government intelligence/Ivy League secret society, and how they intertwine throughout the movie and play to whether you are worth trusting, compromised, then what happens next. A bit slow at times, but good acting keeps you interested.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Spy Movie

    Posted
    Sprinkledwithlove
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    A very interesting view of how the CIA was started. Matt Damon is very believable in this role. I do not want to give away the plot, but I will tell you that there are twists and turns that are great. You will want to watch this one a few times in order to get all the twists and turns.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Plausible spy movie

    Posted
    matineeidol
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    A powerful thriller steeped in history about the birth of the CIA with an all star cast and directed by Robert DeNiro. A cerebral, meticulously crafted and lengthy story. Blu ray 2.40:1 aspect ratio, extra features: deleted scenes.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Interesting period piece

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    rmossisboss
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    I remember the last time I saw this was with my father when it was in the theater all those years ago. It's decent, but would only recommend to those who can stand lengthy scenes of intricate dialogue and sloooooow builds to the action.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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