Good Shepherd, The (2006, USA) C-167m. SCOPE *** D: Robert De Niro. Starring Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Alec Baldwin Tammy Blanchard, Billy Crudup, Robert De Niro, Keir Dullea, Michael Gambon, Martina Gedeck, William Hurt, Timothy Hutton, Joe Pesci, John Turturro. Glossy biography of the founder of the CIA (Damon) follows him from his special involvement in WW2 to the Cuba Crisis of the early 1960s. His private life (with wife Jolie) is also examined. Overlong, but beautifully photographed, with immaculate art direction and production design, which makes up for what it's lacking in storytelling. Francis Ford Coppola was among the executive producers.

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