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J. Edgar (2011)

J. Edgar

Overview


Genre

Drama, Biography

Release Date

November 11, 2011 (Wide)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

137 min.

Studio

Warner Bros. Pictures

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Clint Eastwood

Producer

Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Robert Lorenz, Clint Eastwood

Screenwriter

Dustin Lance Black

Starring

Story


During his lifetime, J. Edgar Hoover would rise to be the most powerful man in America. As head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for nearly 50 years, he would stop at nothing to protect his country. Through eight presidents and three wars, Hoover waged battle against threats both real and perceived, often bending the rules to keep his countrymen safe. His methods were at once ruthless and heroic, with the admiration of the world his most coveted, if ever elusive, prize.

Hoover was a man who placed great value on secrets--particularly those of others--and was not afraid to use that information to exert authority over the leading figures in the nation. Understanding that knowledge is power and fear poses opportunity, he used both to gain unprecedented influence and to build a reputation that was both formidable and untouchable.

He was as guarded in his private life as he was in his public one, allowing only a small and protective inner circle into his confidence. His closest colleague, Clyde Tolson, was also his constant companion. His secretary, Helen Gandy, who was perhaps most privy to Hoover's designs, remained loyal to the end...and beyond. Only Hoover's mother, who served as his inspiration and his conscience, would leave him, her passing truly crushing to the son who forever sought her love and approval.

As seen through the eyes of Hoover himself, "J. Edgar" explores the personal and public life and relationships of a man who could distort the truth as easily as he upheld it during a life devoted to his own idea of justice, often swayed by the darker side of power.

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Leonardo DiCaprio stars as J. Edgar Hoover in Warner Bros. Pictures' J. Edgar (2011). Photo credit by Keith Bernstein.
Leonardo DiCaprio stars as J. Edgar Hoover and Naomi Watts stars as Helen Gandy in Warner Bros. Pictures' J. Edgar (2011)

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PREMIERE PHOTO

Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood
On The Set of New Film J. Edgar
Feb 11, 2011
Leonardo DiCaprio
On The Set of New Film J. Edgar
Feb 11, 2011

REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..what a sprawling, befuddling, fascinating, frustrating mess of a movie..”
by Rick Groen [Globe and Mail]
“..there's too much liquid latex to fight through, and not enough insight and nuance in the script..”
by Steven Rea [Philadelphia Inquirer]
“..leaves us with no tears, but also a bizarrely melodramatic coda about the power of love..”
by Peter Howell [Toronto Star]