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The Good Shepherd

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Robert De Niro
Produced by James G. Robinson
Robert De Niro
Jane Rosenthal
Francis Ford Coppola
Written by Eric Roth
Starring Matt Damon
Angelina Jolie
William Hurt
Alec Baldwin
Robert De Niro
Billy Crudup
Michael Gambon
Timothy Hutton
Joe Pesci
John Turturro
Music by Bruce Fowler
Marcelo Zarvos
Cinematography Robert Richardson
Editing by Tariq Anwar
Studio Morgan Creek
TriBeCa Productions
American Zoetrope
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) December 22, 2006
Running time 167 min. 30 sec.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $85,000,000
Gross revenue $99,480,480[1]

The Good Shepherd is a 2006 spy film directed by Robert De Niro and starring Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie, with an extensive supporting cast. Although it is a fictional film loosely based on real events, it is advertised as telling the untold story of the birth of counter-intelligence in the Central Intelligence Agency. The film's main character, Edward Wilson (portrayed by Matt Damon), is loosely based on James Jesus Angleton and Richard M. Bissell. William Hurt's character, Phillip Allen, is largely based on Allen Dulles, while General Bill Sullivan, played by Robert De Niro, is loosely based on Major General William Joseph Donovan. Lee Pace's character, Richard Hayes, is based loosely on Richard Helms.

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Plot

A photograph and an audio recording on reel-to-reel tape are dropped off anonymously at the home of Edward Wilson (Matt Damon), a senior CIA officer after the 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba fails due to an undisclosed leak. The movie then flashes back to 1939.

In 1939 Wilson is at Yale University and joins the Skull and Bones, a secret society that grooms future U.S. leaders. He is compelled to disclose a secret as part of his initiation: he reveals that as a young boy he discovered his father's suicide note, although he says he never read it. After the ceremony, a fraternity brother tells him that Edward's father, an admiral, was to be chosen as Secretary of the Navy, until his loyalties were questioned. Afterwards Wilson is recruited by an FBI agent Sam Murach (Alec Baldwin), who claims that Wilson's poetry professor, Dr. Fredericks (Michael Gambon), is a Nazi spy, asking Wilson to expose his professor's background as well as implying that the Professor is homosexual: Wilson's actions result in Dr. Fredericks' forced resignation from the university.

Wilson begins a relationship with a deaf student named Laura (Tammy Blanchard), but while on Deer Island, Wilson meets and is later aggressively seduced by Margaret 'Clover' Russell (Angelina Jolie), his friend's sister. General Bill Sullivan (Robert De Niro) asks Wilson to join the OSS, offering him a post in London.

Later while Wilson and Laura are at the beach, Clover's brother privately reveals that Clover is pregnant with Wilson's child and asks him to "do what is expected." Laura, an able lip-reader, sees and walks away. Wilson marries Clover. At the wedding reception Wilson accepts an offer of a position in the London OSS office from General Sullivan, requiring him to be in England in one week, leaving his newlywed wife. In London he meets his former professor Dr. Fredericks who is actually a British intelligence operative who had sought to infiltrate a Nazi organization while at Yale, causing the American authorities to suspect that he was a Nazi spy. Despite this, Fredericks recognized Wilson's gifts and recommended that he be trained in counter-espionage in London.

A British intelligence officer, Arch Cummings (Billy Crudup), tells Wilson that Fredericks' indiscriminate homosexual relationships pose a security risk; Wilson is asked to deal with his mentor, but Fredericks refuses the chivalrous suggestion to protect himself by returning to teaching. He says he will understand if Wilson wants to "tie his shoe" (a signal to watchers that the meeting went badly). Wilson delays, which prompts Fredericks to kneel down and tie Wilson's shoe for him. As their meeting ends, Fredericks advises Wilson to "quit... while you still have a soul" then leaves. He is killed and his body dumped into the River Thames.

The timeline moves to post-war Berlin, where the Allies and the Soviets, in a race for technological superiority, are trying to recruit as many German scientists as possible. Wilson encounters his Soviet counterpart, codenamed "Ulysses", who praises Wilson. They plan an exchange of scientists — the Soviets asking for German Nazi and Slavic scientists, while the Americans seek Jewish scientists.

Wilson is assisted by an interpreter, Hanna Schiller (Martina Gedeck), who wears what appears to be a hearing aid. After Wilson learns from his son during a rare phone call home that Clover is having an affair, he accepts Hanna's invitation to dinner at her home. They end up having sex, and Wilson realizes that Hanna can hear without the use of her hearing aid, exposing her as a Soviet operative. She is killed and Ulysses is notified by her hearing aid being planted in his tea pot.

After 6 years in London Wilson returns home to a distant Clover who now prefers to be called Margaret. Wilson presents his son with a miniature model ship inside a glass watch-casing. Margaret explains that her brother was killed in the war; she also confesses that she was seeing another man. When she asks if he had any relationships, Wilson replies that "it was a mistake." General Sullivan approaches Wilson again to help form a new foreign intelligence organisation (the CIA) where Wilson will work with his former colleague, Richard Hayes (Lee Pace), under Phillip Allen (William Hurt). Wilson accepts, and hides the details of his position from all but Clover/Margaret. Allen discloses that he adores Swiss chocolate; later, Wilson asks Murach if the FBI has any information on Allen: the resulting file intimates that Allen holds substantial funds in Swiss accounts.

Wilson's first assignment deals with coffee in Central America where the Russians are trying to gain influence. Wilson spots Ulysses in the background of footage of the country's leader, but doesn't disclose this. Another agent is sent covertly as a representative of the Mayan Coffee Company; Wilson warns him not to wear his Yale class ring. Wilson arranges for airplanes to fly over and release locusts during a public event where the Russians (including Ulysses) are present in order to intimidate the Central American leader. Wilson later receives a can of Mayan Coffee presumably from Ulysses, containing the severed finger, and Yale class ring, of the American agent.

Valentin Mironov, a Russian requesting asylum and claiming to be a high-ranking official who knows Ulysses is interviewed by Wilson. While attending the theatre with Mironov and Cummings, Wilson encounters his former sweetheart, Laura. They leave the theatre separately, meet at a restaurant and discuss old times before having sex at Laura's house.

Sometime later, Margaret anonymously receives photos of Laura and Edward getting into a taxi together and kissing. A distraught Margaret confronts him. Edward ends the relationship with Laura by returning her jewelled crucifix, which he had kept from their college romance days.

A Soviet defector (Mark Ivanir) appears claiming that he is the real Valentin Mironov, and that the man known to them as Valentin is Yuri Modin, a KGB operative working for Ulysses. Wilson does not believe him, and agents beat and torture the man, and administer liquid LSD because of its alleged truth serum properties. After taking the drug and behaving bizarrely, he calmly states that he is Valentin Mironov and hurls himself through the window to the pavement several stories below. The first man claiming to be Mironov, who, with Wilson, watched the entire ordeal, offers to take LSD to prove his innocence.

Wilson visits his son, Edward Jr., at Yale, where he has also joined the Skull and Bones society and has been approached for recruitment by the CIA. Margaret (Clover) pleads with Wilson to persuade their son not to accept, but Edward Jr. joins anyway, believing it will bring him closer to his loving, but distant, father. This widens the rift between Wilson and Margaret. Later Edward Jr. overhears Wilson and Hays discuss the upcoming Bay of Pigs invasion; Wilson suspects that Edward Jr. may have overheard the conversation and warns his son to be silent. Margaret moves to her mother's home in Arizona.

The film returns to the recording dropped off at the beginning of the movie. After analysis of clues such as the ceiling fan's brand name and the church bells and other sounds heard on the tape, CIA specialists deduce that the photograph may have been taken in Leopoldville, in the Congo. Wilson goes there and finds the room. He realizes that the photograph and tape are of his son Edward Jr. when he sees the model ship in the glass watch-casing on the nightstand; its blurred image was the one object in the photo that the CIA team was unable to identify. Ulysses is there and plays Wilson an unedited version of the tape, revealing Edward Jr. repeating to his lover, a Soviet spy, the classified information he overheard his father discussing. Thus the Cubans and Soviets learnt of the upcoming CIA landing at the Bay of Pigs. Ulysses encourages Edward to spy for the Soviets in exchange for them protecting his son. Wilson is non-committal, however; he confronts his son, who says that he is in love with the woman and plans to marry her. His son refuses to believe that she is an intelligence agent.

Wilson exposes Valentin as Soviet spy Yuri Modin after finding evidence of his true identity in a book given him by Arch Cummings who is thus exposed as a co-conspirator. Cummings flees to the USSR. After meeting Ulysses in a museum and refusing to betray his country, Wilson explains that as the Soviets have won in Cuba it is not necessary to hurt his son. Ulysses notes of Edward Jr.'s fiancée: "neither of us can be sure about her", and asks Wilson, "You want her to be part of your family, don't you?" Later, Ulysses' aide asks him for change to purchase his daughter a souvenir from the gift shop. Edward asks how much it is, and hands him a one dollar bill, commenting that a cardinal rule of democracy is generosity.

Wilson and Margaret arrive separately in the Congo for Edward Jr.'s wedding. His fiancée travels on a small plane to the ceremony but mid-flight is thrown out of the plane. When she fails to arrive at the church, Wilson informs a worried Edward Jr. that his fiancée is dead. Wilson denies any responsibility when Edward Jr. asks; Wilson is visibly affected when Edward Jr. reveals that his fiancée was pregnant.

Wilson meets with fellow Skull and Bones classmate Hayes (loosely based on Richard Helms) at the new CIA headquarters still under construction. Hayes tells him that Allen is resigning under a cloud of financial improprieties (after receiving copies of the Swiss accounts delivered in a chocolate box), and that the President has asked him to be the new Director. The President has directed him to do some "housecleaning" and he tells Wilson that he needs someone he can trust, saying, "after all, we're still brothers" and that Wilson is the "CIA's heart and soul". He then tells Wilson he will be the first head of counter-intelligence.

Wilson is shown pulling out from his home safe the suicide note that his father, Thomas, had left and in which his father's words, only now read by Wilson, reveal that he had betrayed his country. He left loving words for his wife and son, particularly urging the latter to grow up to be a good man, husband and father and to live a life of decency and truth. Edward burns the note.

The film ends with Edward leaving his old office and moving to his new wing in the CIA.

Cast

Damon, De Niro, Gedeck and Hutton at the February 2007 premiere of the film in Berlin

Production

Eric Roth wrote the screenplay in 1994 for Francis Ford Coppola and Columbia Pictures.[2] Roth read Norman Mailer's Harlot's Ghost and became intrigued with the people who built the CIA.[3] Coppola left the project because he could not relate to the characters due to their lack of emotion (although he retained a credit as co-executive producer).[2] Wayne Wang was set to direct and even conducted some location scouting but management changes at Columbia ended his involvement. The new administration gave Roth a list of directors to choose from and one of them was Philip Kaufman. He felt that Roth's script, whose original structure was linear, should go back and forth in time to "give it a more contemporary feeling".[4] Kaufman and Roth worked on the project for a year and then the management changed at the studio again. The new studio head had no interest in spy films unless they could get a movie star like Tom Cruise to appear in the film. The project languished until John Frankenheimer signed on to make the film with MGM agreeing to purchase the rights. He wanted Robert De Niro to star, having just worked together on Ronin. De Niro had been developing his own spy story about the CIA from the Bay of Pigs Invasion to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and agreed to appear in the film.[4] During pre-production in 2002, Frankenheimer died. According to producer Jane Rosenthal, this had been Robert De Niro's pet project for nine years, but it proved difficult to produce in a pre-9/11 world and had to compete with his busy schedule as an actor. The actor said in an interview, “I had always been interested in the Cold War. I was raised in the Cold War. All of the intelligence stuff was interesting to me”.[5] De Niro and Roth ended up making a deal: Roth would write up De Niro's idea into a screenplay if the actor would direct his existing script. If The Good Shepherd proved to be a commercial success then their follow-up would be De Niro's pitch.[2]

De Niro took the project to Universal Pictures where producer Graham King agreed to help finance the $110+ million budget. He had a deal with Leonardo DiCaprio who was interested in playing the film's protagonist Edward Wilson.[5] De Niro planned to shoot the movie in in early 2005 but DiCaprio could not do it then because he was making The Departed for Martin Scorsese.[2] King left with him and so did his financial backing. De Niro approached Matt Damon who was also doing The Departed but would be done earlier than DiCaprio and De Niro would only have to wait six months to do the film with him.[5] Initially, Damon turned De Niro down because he was scheduled to shoot Steven Soderbergh's The Informant!. Soderbergh agreed to delay filming and Damon agreed to star as Wilson. James Robinson's Morgan Creek Productions agreed to help finance the film with a budget under $90 million which meant that many of the principal actors, Damon included, would have to waive their usual salaries to keep costs down.[5]

De Niro was not interested in making a spy movie with flashy violence and exciting car chases. “I just like it when things happen for a reason. So I want to downplay the violence, depict it in a muted way. In those days, it was a gentleman's game”.[5] He and Roth were also interested in showing how absolute power corrupted the leaders of the CIA. Early on, De Niro said in an interview, “they tried to do what they thought was right. And then, as they went on, they became overconfident and started doing things that are not always in our best interests”.[5] In preparation for the film, De Niro watched spy films like The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, The Third Man, and Smiley's People.[6] He also hired retired CIA agent Milton Bearden to serve as a technical adviser on the film. They had first worked together on Meet the Parents where De Niro played a retired CIA agent.[7] Bearden agreed to take De Niro through Afghanistan to the north-west frontier of Pakistan and into Moscow for a guided tour of intelligence gathering. Damon also spent time with Bearden as well as visiting several of the locations depicted in the film and reading several books on the CIA.[8] Bearden also made sure that the historical aspects were correct but fictionalized to a certain degree.[7]

Principal photography began on August 18, 2005 with shooting taking place in New York City, Washington D.C., London and the Dominican Republic. Three-time Academy Award-winning art director Jeannine Oppewall was assigned art director for The Good Shepherd, which would eventually earn Oppewall her fourth Oscar nomination for Best Art Design.[8] She conducted a large amount of research for the film that filled ten to twelve, six-inch thick three-ring binders. It took her a week to organize the number of set locations due to the large amounts of settings in the script, which included Cuba, Léopoldville, London, Guatemala, Moscow, New York and New Haven, Connecticut, among other places. Although the vast majority of the movie was filmed in New York, the only scenes that are actually set in New York were filmed at a house in the Long Island town, Manhasset. As a result, many sets had to be constructed under Oppewall's direction, including a Skull and Bones headquarters and the Berlin set, which was built on the Brooklyn Navy Yard.[8] The interiors of the CIA were built in the Brooklyn Armory, a large edifice built in 1901 for the United States Cavalry. She also visited the CIA's headquarters in Washington, D.C. and worked with Bearden to create sets for the CIA's offices, Technical Room and Communications Room. Since the lead character originally aspired to be a poet, Oppewall incorporated many visual poetic symbols into the film, including a large number of mirrors to represent the duplicity of the CIA, full rigged ships as symbols of the state and eagle symbols, which were used in ironic situations such as suspect interrogations. Her team tracked down the right set dressings and also found authentic teletype machines, reel-to-reel tape recorders and radios used in the CIA during that time.[8]

The music for the film was by Bruce Fowler and Marcelo Zarvos. They replaced James Horner, who left the project due to creative differences.[9]

Edward Wilson, the character played by Matt Damon, is based at least in part on James Jesus Angleton, the long-serving director of the CIA's counter-intelligence staff who also fell victim to intense paranoia during his career, and covert operations specialist Richard Bissell.[5] Bill Sullivan, the character played by Robert De Niro, is based on William Stephenson and William Joseph Donovan. William Hurt's character Phillip Allen is likely based on former CIA Director Allen Dulles, while Lee Pace's character Richard Hayes shares some similarities, including a similar name, to Dulles' eventual successor Richard Helms.[10] High-ranking British operative turned Soviet mole, Arch Cummings, bears some similarities to Kim Philby (who fled to the USSR after being exposed and spent his last years friendless and mired in alcoholism). The character Yuri Modin shares similar characteristics to Soviet defector Anatoliy Golitsyn, and the character of Dr. Ibanez bears some similarities to Jacobo Arbenz.[10]

In May, 2007, CIA's historians publicly released an article referencing the film's depiction of the OSS and CIA, and discussing factual details surrounding the actual persons on whom some of the film's characters were based. The article also addressed inaccurate but enduring beliefs that Yale's famous secret society Skull and Bones was an incubator of the U.S. Intelligence Community.[10]

Oscar-winning actor Joe Pesci appears in one scene as a Mafia boss ("Joseph Palmi") who, it is implied in the film, is a fictionalized composite of Santo Trafficante Jr. and Sam Giancana (in one scene it is mentioned that Castro has seized "three of [Palmi's] casinos and thrown him out of Cuba." In fact, Castro did nationalize several casinos owned by both Chicago and Florida organized crime interests). The CIA recruited such mafiosi for multiple assassination attempts against Fidel Castro. The story thread, however, is not fully developed in the film. Also, this marked Pesci's return to acting after an eight year absence from the screen following Lethal Weapon 4.

Historical accuracy

Bay of Pigs Invasion leak

The film depicts the Bay of Pigs Invasion failure as the result of a leak within the CIA. However, the CIA's own analysis laid most of the blame on a combination of incompetent planning and execution, unrealistic expectations, and poor security.[citation needed]

On the other hand, James K. Galbraith wrote that the Taylor Report on the invasion confirmed the existence of a leak:

One of the great travesties of the Cold War surfaced on April 29, 2000 when the Washington Post reported the declassification in full of General Maxwell Taylor's June, 1961 special report on the Bay of Pigs invasion. Partial versions of this document have been available for decades. But only now did its darkest secret spill. Here is what Taylor reported to Kennedy. The Russians knew the date of the invasion (Therefore, Castro also knew.) The CIA, headed by Allen Dulles, knew that the Russians knew (Therefore, they knew the invasion would fail). The leak did not come from the invasion force; it had happened before the Cuban exiles were themselves briefed on the date. Kennedy was not informed. Nor, of course, were the exiles. And knowing all this, Dulles ordered the operation forward.[11]

Reaction

The Good Shepherd was released on December 22, 2006 in 2,215 theaters grossing $9.9 million on its opening weekend. It went on to make $59.9 million in North America and $39.5 million in the rest of the world for a worldwide total of $99.4 million.[12]

Critical reception

The film received mixed reviews with the review tallying website Rotten Tomatoes reporting that 89 out of the 161 reviews they tallied were positive for a score of 56% and a certification of "rotten" (according to the website's criteria). Metacritic reports the film has an aggregate metascore of 61/100 ("Generally favorable reviews"). In her review for The New York Times, Manohla Dargis wrote, "The Good Shepherd is an origin story about the C.I.A., and for the filmmakers that story boils down to fathers who fail their sons, a suspect metaphor that here becomes all too ploddingly literal", but praised De Niro's direction: "Among the film’s most striking visual tropes is the image of Wilson simply going to work in the capital alongside other similarly dressed men, a spectral army clutching briefcases and silently marching to uncertain victory".[13] Kenneth Turan, in his review for the Los Angeles Times, praised Matt Damon's performance: "Damon, in his second major role of the year (after The Departed) once again demonstrates his ability to convey emotional reserves, to animate a character from the inside out and create a man we can sense has more of an interior life than he is willing to let on".[14]

Time magazine's Richard Corliss also gave Damon a positive notice in his review: "Damon is terrific in the role--all-knowing, never overtly expressing a feeling. Indeed, so is everyone else in this intricate, understated but ultimately devastating account of how secrets, when they are left to fester, can become an illness, dangerous to those who keep them, more so to nations that base their policies on them".[15] In his review for The New York Observer, Andrew Sarris wrote, "Still, no previous American film has ventured into this still largely unknown territory with such authority and emotional detachment. For this reason alone, The Good Shepherd is must-see viewing".[16] USA Today gave the film three out of four stars and wrote, "What makes the story work so powerfully is his focus on a multidimensional individual—Wilson—thereby creating a stirring personal tale about the inner workings of the clandestine government agency".[17] Entertainment Weekly gave the film a "B" rating and Lisa Schwarzbaum praised De Niro's direction and Damon's performance, noting the latter's maturation as an actor.[18]

Newsweek magazine's David Ansen wrote, "For the film's mesmerizing first 50 minutes I thought De Niro might pull off the The Godfather of spy movies ... Still, even if the movie's vast reach exceeds its grasp, it's a spellbinding history lesson".[19] However, Peter Travers of Rolling Stone magazine opined, "It's tough to slog through a movie that has no pulse".[20] In his review for the Chicago Sun-Times, Jim Emerson wrote, "If you think George Tenet's Central Intelligence Agency was a disaster, wait until you see Robert De Niro's torpid, ineffectual movie about the history of the agency".[21] Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian gave the film two out of five stars and criticized Damon's performance: "And why is Damon allowed to act in such a callow, boring way? As ever, he looks like he is playing Robin to some imaginary Batman at his side, like Jimmy Stewart and his invisible rabbit. His nasal, unobtrusive voice makes every line sound the same".[22]

In 2007, the cast of The Good Shepherd won the silver bear of the prestigious Berlin film festival for outstanding artistic contribution. It was the only American entry in 2007 to win a prize at the festival.[23]

De Niro said he would like to make two sequels to The Good Shepherd, one bringing the action forward from 1961 to 1989 and the fall of the Berlin Wall, the other following its protagonist, Edward Wilson, up to the present day.[24]

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