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The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby on DVD
A film by Carl Colby

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As powerful and riveting as a John Le Carre thriller, The Man Nobody Knew uncovers the hidden life of legendary CIA spymaster William Colby. The consummate American soldier-spy, Colby took on the government's dirtiest assignments without question - until the day he defied presidential orders and revealed to Congress the CIA's "family jewels" - their darkest, deepest secrets.

Told by his son Carl Colby and featuring a who's who of the intelligence community, including former National Security Advisers Brent Scowcroft and Zbigniew Brzezinski, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, former Secretary of Defense and Director of CIA James Schlesinger, as well Pulitzer Prize journalists Bob Woodward, Seymour Hersh and Tim Weiner, Colby's story unmasks the lies, myths, truths, sacrifices and casualities of a covert spy.

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What the Critics are Saying

"Carl Colby's smart, fact-packed film operates on many levels, all riveting. A rich, cohesive and balanced account of his father's legacy." - The New York Times

"Powerful. Shattering. An absorbing, sometimes appalling course in how U.S. foreign policy evolved and functioned following World War II, how CIA techniques failed in Vietnam, and how American power in Southeast Asia finally foundered." - The Wall Street Journal

" Vital. Sheds light on a legacy of American skullduggery and high-level shenanigans. Its access and acknowledgment of our dark past make for one intimate indictment." - Time Out New York

"With a respectful yet keen eye toward the moral pitfalls of patriotic duplicity, this remarkable feat of personalized biography, enhanced by a rich collection of archival clips, is both evocative and harrowing." - Los Angeles Times

"Riveting. A decidedly different - and refreshing - take on spycraft. Even though it's a documentary, it plays like some of the best spy films. The questions posed are vital: What's the place of secrecy in an open society? Do the ends justify the means? The answers matter today especially." - The Atlantic


See details about this film's theatrical run.

Official site

VIDEO: Documentary Filmmaker Carl Colby, Tavis Smiley interview, PBS, 12/14/2011

VIDEO: Interview With Carl Colby, Hardball with Chris Matthews, MSNBC, 10/28/11

VIDEO: Man of Mystery: Interview with Carl Colby, Andrea Mitchell Reports, MSNBC, 9/29/2011

VIDEO: Film Sheds Light on CIA Secret Life, CBS News interview with Carl Colby, 9/22/11

Features and Specifications

Special Features:

  • Carl Colby Interviewed by James Reston, Jr.
  • Extra Scenes: Life of a Spy / The Mission / The Threat / The Sacrifice / The Future / Keeping Secrets in an Open Society
  • Photo Gallery
  • Colby & CIA Timeline

Format: DVD
Release Year : 2011
Running Time: 104 minutes
Color: Color
Language: English

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