As lawyer Roy Cohn (James Woods) rests in his hospital room, ravaged by the effects of AIDS, he thinks back on his life. Cohn was very instrumental in the success of Senator Joseph McCarthy's (Joe Don Baker) investigations into communist activity in the United States. However, despite Cohn's powerful, intimidating tactics and his influence with such figures as J. Edgar Hoover (Pat Hingle), he had his own secret: homosexuality. Cohn tries to come to terms with those he has affected and himself.
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