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The Good Shepherd Details


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

  • Release date:December 22, 2006


Awarded by
Art Directors Guild Jeannine Oppewall Best Art Direction in a Period Film 2006 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jeannine Oppewall Best Art Direction 2006 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Leslie Rollins Best Art Direction 2006 Nominee
Boston Society of Film Critics Alec Baldwin Best Supporting Actor (Runner-up) 2006 Winner
American Society of Cinematographers Robert Richardson Best Cinematography 2006 Nominee
National Society of Film Critics Eric Roth Best Screenplay 2006 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gretchen Rau Best Art Direction 2006 Nominee


Matt Damon
as Edward Wilson
Angelina Jolie
as Clover/Margaret Russell
Alec Baldwin
as Sam Murach
Tammy Blanchard
as Laura
Billy Crudup
as Arch Cummings
Robert De Niro
as Bill Sullivan
Keir Dullea
as Senator John Russell Sr.
Michael Gambon
as Dr. Fredericks
Martina Gedeck
as Hanna Schiller
William Hurt
as Philip Allen
Timothy Hutton
as Thomas Wilson
Mark Ivanir
as Valentin Mironov #2
Gabriel Macht
as John Russell Jr.
Lee Pace
as Richard Hayes
Joe Pesci
as Joseph Palmi
Eddie Redmayne
as Edward Wilson Jr.
John Sessions
as Valentin Mironov #1/Yuri Modin
Oleg Stefan
as Ulysses/Stas Siyanko
John Turturro
as Ray Brocco


Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
Jane Rosenthal
James G. Robinson
Eric Roth
Robert Richardson
Kathy Nelson
Musical Direction/Supervision
Marcelo Zarvos
Composer (Music Score)
Tariq Anwar
Jeannine Oppewall
Production Designer
Robert Guerra
Art Director
Francine Byrne
Art Director
Guy McElwaine
Executive Producer
Rick Schwartz
Executive Producer
Francis Ford Coppola
Executive Producer
Chris Brigham
Executive Producer
Howard Kaplan
Executive Producer
David C. Robinson
Executive Producer
Leslie Rollins
Set Decorator
Alyssa Winter
Set Decorator
Gretchen Rau
Set Decorator
Ann Roth
Costume Designer
Tom Nelson
Sound/Sound Designer
Warren Shaw
Sound/Sound Designer
Amanda Mackey
Cathy Sandrich Gelfond
Sig De Miguel
Lee Dichter
Re-Recording Mixer
Warren Shaw
Re-Recording Mixer
Warren Shaw
Supervising Sound Editor
Paul Herbert
Stunts Coordinator
Rob Legato
Second Unit Director Of Photography
Reilly Steele
Re-Recording Mixer
Steve Kirshoff
Special Effects Supervisor
John Cenatiempo
Stunts Coordinator