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J. Edgar (2011)

J. Edgar



Drama, Biography

Release Date

November 11, 2011 (Wide)

MPAA Rating



137 min.


Warner Bros. Pictures

Official Site

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Cast and Crew


Clint Eastwood


Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Robert Lorenz, Clint Eastwood


Dustin Lance Black



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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“..far-from-perfect film is hobbled by uneven performances and a script studded with historical bullet points..”
by Colin Covert [Minneapolis Star Tribune]
“..the movie manages only an overview of Hoover's career, while his motivations, sexual orientation and manipulative paranoid personality are made no clearer..”
by Tom Long [Detroit News]
“..dramatic essay about how the law and repression, heroism and corruption..”
by Owen Gleiberman [Entertainment Weekly]