The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby
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The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby
A son's riveting look at a father whose life seemed straight out of a spy thriller, The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby uncovers the secret world of a legendary CIA spymaster. Told by William Colby's son Carl, the story is at once a probing history of the CIA, a personal memoir of a family living in clandestine shadows, and an inquiry into the hard costs of a nation's most cloaked actions. -- (C) Official Site

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"At once a deeply personal film and an important historical document, The Man Nobody Knew leaves us with an incomplete portrait of a man."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"To some degree, its subject remains tantalizingly unknowable, even after all the witnesses have taken the stand."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"This is a riveting and important film that does not rest too heavily on the connection between its subject's personal emptiness and the moral failures Colby would come to regret."
‑ Nell Minow, Beliefnet
"A movie seemingly about the blinkered awakening of a conscience, but one that dances around intrigue without ever consistently engaging it."
‑ Brent Simon,
"Goes a bit further than that to become a study of American foreign policy and CIA involvement"
‑ Willie Waffle,
"There's a reason spies are called spooks; it's as if they have no human essence. If William Colby had one, his son hasn't found it in this film. But he has found the emptiness. And that's something."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Shows little sign of the deep emotional undercurrents one might expect in a son's treatment of his father, but it does present a clear, incisive yet tantalizingly incomplete portrait of a fascinating and complicated man."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Well-constructed, but to little purpose other than the personal."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"...a must-see for anyone interested in what happened from 1945-mid '70s, and why. With fascinating audio tapes from the Kennedy White House, it's a prologue for where we are today."
‑ Tony Medley, Tolucan Times
"Presumably, Colby would be pleased to know he comes across as neither compelling nor vivid - which in some ways makes him all the more interesting."
‑ Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
"A remarkable feat of personalized biography."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"It takes far too long for "The Man Nobody Knew" to get to the point."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"A great guy? Not really, and fortunately son Carl Colby avoids sentimentalizing his dad."
‑ Gerald Peary, Boston Phoenix
"The Man Nobody Knew is a character study that doubles as a history lesson."
‑ Kalvin Henely, Slant Magazine