The Good Shepherd

The untold story of the most powerful covert agency in the world.

Lee Pace as Richard Hayes
Directed by Robert De Niro
Written by Eric Roth
Release Date: December 22, 2006
Also starring: Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro
Genre: Drama | History | Thriller
MPAA Rating: R

The tumultuous early history of the Central Intelligence Agency is viewed through the prism of one man’s life.

Trivia & Facts

• Matt Damon’s character, Edward Wilson, is partly based upon the founder of the CIA’s counterintelligence operations, James Jesus Angleton.

• Robert De Niro had been working on this film for ten years as his “pet project.”

• Lee Pace’s character Richard Hayes shares some similarities, including a similar name, to Allen Dulles’ (CIA director from 1953-1961) eventual successor Richard Helms (CIA director from 1966-1973).

Memorable Quotes

Richard Hayes: I remember a senator once asked me. When we talk about “CIA” why we never use the word “the” in front of it. And I asked him, do you put the word “the” in front of “God”?

Richard Hayes: Tell us Mr. Wilson: Brother to Brother something that you’ve never told anyone before. Your most guarded secret. Something you will need to trust us with.

Quotes About The Film

“The American elite does what it likes.”

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External Links

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