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Citizen Cohn (1992)

As lawyer and power broker Roy Cohn lies dying of AIDS in a private hospital room, ghosts from his past visit him as he reflects on his life and loves.

Director:

Frank Pierson

Writers:

Nicolas von Hoffman (biography), David Franzoni
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 11 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Woods ... Roy Marcus Cohn
Joe Don Baker ... Sen. Joseph McCarthy
Joseph Bologna ... Walter Winchell
Ed Flanders ... Joseph N. Welch
Frederic Forrest ... Dashiell Hammett
Lee Grant ... Dora Cohn
Pat Hingle ... J. Edgar Hoover
John McMartin ... Older Doctor
Josef Sommer ... Albert Cohn
Daniel Benzali ... Francis Joseph Cardinal Spellman
Tovah Feldshuh ... Iva Schlesinger
John Finn ... Sen. Charles Potter
Frances Foster Frances Foster ... First Annie Lee Moss
Allen Garfield ... Abe Feller
David Marshall Grant ... Robert F. Kennedy
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In the 50's, the ambitious and unscrupulous Jewish prosecutor Roy M. Cohn convinces Senator Joseph McCarthy to be his Chief Counselor in his hunting against communists. The arrogant Cohn destroys careers and lives and becomes a Jew hunting Jews and a gay hunting gays. In 1985, he dies of AIDS in a hospital in New York. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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He was McCarthy's loyal partner. The Kennedys' worst enemy. The F.B.I.'s best friend. The country's greatest nightmare.

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Biography | Drama

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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A TV movie for the HBO network. See more »

Goofs

As he is scattering ashes into what is purportedly the East River, Cohn says he consigns his mother to the waters of New Jersey, where she did not live. The East River does not border New Jersey. See more »

Quotes

German reporter: [in German] Mr. Cohn, you believe Hemingway is a Russian agent?
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Connections

References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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Good entertainment, a bit loose with the facts
9 April 2006 | by majoraxeholeSee all my reviews

This movie has the failing of many 'made for HBO' films, a tendency to distort the truth to hammer home its point. Its portrayal of Cohn's personality is accurate enough, and chilling to watch, and in general, it follows Cohn's life fairly closely. However, it gives Cohn a bit more credit (or blame) than he deserves. It would have you believe that Cohn drove Joe McCarthy to his anti-Communist pogroms, when in fact McCarthy was a very determined and headstrong man, who needed no unknown NY lawyer to make him into a demagogue. It also vastly overstates Cohn's role in the persecution of Congressman Cornelius Gallagher, persecution that was actually driven by J. Edgar Hoover. It also omits the bizarre role of right-wing nut Lyndon LaRouche in destroying Cohn's credibility in the last years of his life. It does stand as a good overview of the general events of Cohn's fascinating, if venal, life. But it also makes him seem far more influential than he really was.


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

22 August 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cetateanul Cohn See more »

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