The Good Shepherd

Synopsis: Laconic and self-contained, Edward Wilson heads CIA covert operations during the Bay of Pigs. The agency suspects that Castro was tipped, so Wilson looks for the leak. As he investigates, he recalls, in a series of flashbacks, his father's death, student days at Yale (poetry; Skull and Bones), recruitment into the fledgling OSS, truncated affairs, a shotgun marriage, cutting his teeth on spy craft in London, distance from his son, the emergence of the Cold War, and relationships with agency, British, and Soviet counterparts. We watch his idealism give way to something else: disclosing the nature of that something else is at the heart of the film's narration as he closes in on the leak.
Director(s): Robert De Niro
Production: Universal Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 11 nominations.
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167 min

Well first I want to say that there

the will not be under any condition

be an intervention in Cuba

by Unites States armed forces.

This government will do

everything it possibly can

and I think it can meet

it's responsibilities

to make sure that there are no

Americans involved in any actions

inside Cuba.

Excuse me sir.

Do you have change for a dollar?

Thank you sir.

You're welcome

From our friends on Wall Street.


Right away.

Cardinal is interested.

So the weatherman says

Sunday is the perfect day

for a trip to the beach.

I hope you can still dance Edward.

In a couple of days we will be doing

the cha cha in El Comandante's bedroom.

I'll try to remember to bring

my dancing shoes, Richard.

Good morning Ray.

Mr. Hayes.


And our Op center off Guatemala.

Pack a bathing suit Mr. Brocco.

We're going for a swim.

What do you make of

our chances for success?

If we get the support

that we've been promised

I'd say it's fairly certain.

But if there are any doubts

I can still put out the fire.

It's gone beyond that.

Rocking chair is still smiling.

door knock

It's the White House.

Everybody is waiting for the good news.


When your back

come up to the mountains.

We'll go fishing.

Yes sir.

He's been put on notice.

In Cuba,

sometime before dawn,

The invading forces' B-26 bombers

give air cover to men

landing on the beach.

As the sun rises

there is a surprised attack

from Castro's air force.

The B-26s are shot down.

Without air cover, the anti-Castro

forces' ships are attacked.

And the men are cut

off from their supplies.

The situation looks dire.

Where is the air support!

Where the hell is the Navy.

Would you throw something into

this vital point of the battle.

Enemy in red trucks

coming from red beach

are right now 1 km from blue beach.

Two thousand militia

attacking blue beach

from east to west.

We need

close air support immediately!

Well, I am destroying all my

equipment and communications.

I have nothing with which to fight.

I'm going to the woods.

I cannot wait for you.

I'm going to the woods.

They knew where to find us.

There's a stranger in our house.

I love you.

People who really love each

other don't have secrets.

You are safe here with me.

I love you.

People who really love each

other don't have secrets.

You are safe here with me.

unintelligible conversation

I love you.

People who really love each

other don't have secrets.

You are safe here with me.

The president is saying they're going

to break the CIA into a thousand pieces.

Somebody on your desk

gave away the store.

Told the Soviets where to

find you at the Bay of Pigs.

You've got a problem very close to home.

There will be an extensive house

cleaning on your side of the street.

F***ing cigarette.

Are there any regulars

that can fit me anymore?

They didn't get it all.

I'm sorry.

Be careful.

Your name is on a must worry list.

Right at the very top.

You forgot your hat.

Somebody left a package

at my doorstep last night.

Have tech wash them right away.

I've been trying to reach you.

Well, I haven't been staying

at the compound. ?????

I heard there was a setback.

Sometimes the best laid

plans of mice and men.

Be very careful.

I'll be fine. You worry too much.

Just please be careful.

Everything is fine.

Goodbye son.

Goodbye father.



Ms. Buttercup.

Skull and Bones. Accept or reject?


Not a word to anyone.

How does it feel being a woman.

Why do you want to know?



I will remind you

you've all taken an oath

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Eric Roth

Eric Roth (born March 22, 1945) is an American screenwriter. He won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Forrest Gump (1994). He also co-wrote the screenplays for several Oscar-nominated films: The Insider (1999), Munich (2005), and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008). more…

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    I don’t understand the reference to the rocking chair
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