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The Good Shepherd (Widescreen) (Bilingual)

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  • Actors: Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro, Alec Baldwin, Tammy Blanchard
  • Directors: Robert De Niro
  • Writers: Eric Roth
  • Producers: Andy Fraser, Chris Brigham, David C. Robinson, Francis Ford Coppola, Guy McElwaine
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Extra tracks, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: April 3 2007
  • Run Time: 168 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MXPE7O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,541 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie and Robert De Niro star in this powerful thriller about the birth of the CIA. Edward Wilson (Damon) believes in America, and will sacrifice everything he loves to protect it. But as one of the covert founders of the CIA, Edward's youthful idealism is slowly eroded by his growing suspicion of the people around him. Everybody has secrets…but will Edward's destroy him? With an all-star cast including Alec Baldwin, Billy Crudup, William Hurt, Timothy Hutton and John Turturro, it's the gripping story David Ansen of Newsweek hails as "spellbinding."

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3.1 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 24 2007
Format: DVD
Ambitious, star-studded, and lengthy, The Good Shepherd purports to give us a sense of how the CIA operated during the Cold War and how it affected those who devoted themselves to the cause. So it is that, via a series of flashbacks, we meet an intelligent young Yale student named Edward Wilson (Matt Damon), watch as he is recruited into the service of American intelligence, joins the O.S.S. during WWII, helps found the nascent CIA in the 1950s, and goes about doing the thankless, extremely difficult job of keeping America safe through foreign crises, particularly those involving Castro's Cuba in the 1960s. It's not an expose on the CIA -- which it actually deals with quite even-handedly, especially in today's day and age -- as it principally focuses on the personal story of this one individual and what might be called his dehumanization at the hands of his sometimes sinister career.

Unfortunately, there is a major (but not fatal) flaw at the very heart of the film. Obviously, a man in Edward Wilson's position must be a cold and calculating man, but his characterization ventures far beyond stoic into the realms of the robotic. Even the personal glimpses intended to get us past the emotional wall that defines him lack insight and feeling. We see through his eyes, but we never really get a sense of his inward self. I also had a problem seeing Wilson as the experienced, upper level CIA man he became because no effort seemed to go in to making Matt Damon appear any older as his character aged; he looks the same in the 1960s as he did in 1939. Come on, put a few grey hairs in there or something; it takes more than a fedora to make me believe he's a quarter of a century older.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Francesca Jourdan on Aug. 6 2007
Format: DVD
How truthful is this film... no one will ever know.
How can anyone know anything about a company (CIA) that (supposedly) deals with lies... again, no one will ever know.
Important issues are presented here: imperialism, espionage, loyalty, betrayal...

This film was certainly worth watching, for Matt Damon's performance (as Edward Wilson) especially. He and *he alone* carries the film on his shoulders.
A surprise: De Niro shows a better talent as a director than an actor.
Angelina Jolie, as Wilson's wife, overacts way too much and her character is not credible because not well developed. Tammy Blanchard (who plays Laura) definitely has more talent than Jolie.

The melodramatic dialogue didn't help the movie, however well directed it may have been.

Recommendation to watch _The Good Shepherd_: Pay attention to the dates, as it is rather easy to get lost in the second act, where Russian spies and the Bay of Pigs invasion are mentioned.
Better editing and script-writing would have made the film shorter (close to 3 hours!), as many of those details were not needed to understand what was going on.

Certainly worth watching, but be prepared to endure three hours of film.
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By Stella Carrier TOP 500 REVIEWER on Dec 18 2014
Format: DVD
I admit that I was curious to watch the Good Shepherd after reading online that it was affiliated with the idea of a secret society (such as the mention of Skull & Bones, and I’m guessing hidden references to others such as Illuminati etc.). Anyhow Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, and Robert De Niro are among the famous people that star in the movie. Matt Damon plays a CIA agent named Edward who puts a lot of himself into his job, but must keep a lot of what he does secret from his wife (played by Angelina Jolie). However, the tragic part is that Edward does not care that much about having to leave his wife and son alone for months on end due to the fact that he only married her because he was expected to do the “right thing” after she became pregnant. However, I understand that he (Matt Damon) is only skillfully playing a character (Edward) of one who is a CIA man of his time. Needless to say, the son loves his father but his closer to his mother a lot more. The character of Edward finds out the hard way (through the actions of his son) that there is a price to pay for the life he agreed to live and the secret society pact he is part of. Alec Baldwin, Billy Crudup, William Hurt, Timothy Hutton, and John Tuturro are also listed to be a part of the movie.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wayne on Nov. 19 2007
Format: DVD
Some reviewers have commented that most of the characters were methodical and boring but in the world of spies I believe that these are the characters that survive.Matt Damon carries this movie and he is in almost every scene.

He is cold and calculating and a perfectionist but not a cruel man.His hobby is building ships in a bottle .His methodical and observant personality saves him from being compromised by the Russians who value him greatly.

De niro has succeded in making a low key movie very interesting but he fails at organizing the scenes in a logical order .The film jumps forward and backwards in time I had to watch the movie twice before I fully understood what was happening.

Despite its flaws and its confusing moments it is a long but never dull film.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
When I first saw this movie on youtube i liked it and felt the need to watch it under better conditions. So bluray or bust.
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