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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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cetateanul Cohn See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In this film, Lee Grant played Dora Cohn, Roy Cohn's mother. In real life, just as Lee Grant's career was exploding ('Best Actress' winner at Cannes & nominee at Oscars), she fell victim to McCarthyism, being blacklisted in 1951 by the House Un-American Activities Committee for refusing to testify against her husband, blacklisted playwright/screenwriter Arnold Manoff. As a result, she got very little work for about 12 years. 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

[Roy Cohn leaves a drunk and censured Senator McCarthy]
Senator Joseph McCarthy: I always tried to do the right thing.
Roy Marcus Cohn: The right thing? What a disaster! If for one day, everybody in Washington tried to do the "right thing", you'd come into both Houses of Congress, there'd be mass suicide!
Senator Joseph McCarthy: Yeah, well, it didn't used to be that way.
Roy Marcus Cohn: Wait, are you trying to tell me something, Joe? What? What? That I caused this? I didn't invent dirty tricks.
Senator Joseph McCarthy: [chuckles] No, no, you didn't. You kind of just made them into an art form.
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Stranger than fiction
19 March 2003 | by Snoopy1See all my reviews

Very, very good movie.

This movie is about Roy Cohn, a prosecutor in the McCarthy trials. And let me tell you, Cohn made McCarthy look pretty darn good.

The movie was frightening and it's hard to believe that it's true, but alas it is. The movie is downright bizarre! Also, the acting is excellent and believable. There were also a few good laughs despite the serious matter.

Definitely watch it, especially if you're into history and politics.


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