Frank Pierson's made-for-cable adaptation of Nicholas VonHoffman's biography, Citizen Cohn stars James Woods as the controversial lawyer Roy Cohn. The film is structured as a series of flashbacks while Cohn lies in a New York hospital dying of AIDS. In the 1940s and early '50s, Cohn became one of the most powerful men in the country after becoming an important associate of Senator Joseph McCarthy (Joe Don Baker) and his Communist witch hunts. The film recounts those turbulent times and features portrayals of such real-life figures as J. Edgar Hoover (Pat Hingle), Dashiell Hammett (Frederic Forrest), Cardinal Spellman (Daniel Benzali), and Walter Winchell (Joseph Bologna). ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
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While the story of Roy Cohn is familiar (especially after Angels in America) -- this biopic goes into far more detail into this product of 1950's red-baiting. James Woods gives his usual fabulous and nuanced performance as a sleaze taking advantage of the corruption around him. Highly recommend.
Great acting and writing. There was a little too much yelling and bad behavior in the scenes in the hospital, but other than that I enjoyed it. Skipping all the hospital scenes would be a good idea for all watching with remotes.