Edward Wilson believed in America, and he would sacrifice everything he loved to protect it.
The tumultuous early history of the Central Intelligence Agency is viewed through the prism of one man's life.
167 min, Russia:139 min (cut version)
2.35 : 1
Rated R for some violence, sexuality and language.
English, Spanish, German, Russian
Cold War, CIA, Idealism, Suicide, Spy
SDDS, Dolby Digital, DTS
Unglamorized Spy Film, Period Film, Political Drama
Traitorous Spies/Double Agents, Double Life, Political Corruption
Atmospheric, Paranoid, Moody
Cold War, Soviet
Has Detailed Data (New)
1, 2, 3, 7, 8
Count - Awards
US Box Office
Country Of Origin
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. De Niro also produced it with James G. Robinson and Jane Rosenthal. 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. This was Joe Pesci's first film appearance after his six-year hiatus from acting between 1999 and 2005. Eric Roth, the film's screenwriter, began to work on the project after he abandoned his attempt to bring Norman Mailer's Harlot's Ghost to the screen. Like De Niro's film, Mailer's novel is a fictionalized chronicle of the C.I.A.