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The last TV project of Andrew Duggan. See more »

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When President Truman informs Hoover that the FBI will not control the newly formed CIA, the President says he doesn't want to create an American KGB. The KGB was not formed until 1954, over a year after Truman left office. At the time the CIA was formed in 1947, the Soviet intelligence / secret police agency was called the MGB. See more »

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Great source for fascinating bio meets pitiful effort.
16 October 1999 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

With the advent of time (15 years) after the late FBI Director's death, one would think this an agreeable amount of time to assess the triumphs and failures of such a figure. After all, he clung to power for 48 years in a city where anyone's career can be reduced to piffle in a matter of moments.

Why then, such a dull and lifeless biographical movie, as this? There's no insight, no private or public turmoil, no revelations, no interesting conjecture as to the why or wherefore pertaining to certain abuses, the nature of his relationship with Clyde Tolson, the Assistant Director of the FBI, etc.etc.

All we're allowed to see is the by-the-textbook timeline, following his rise and his death, and the President's he serves along the way. Nothing of real note here, unless you entertain yourself by comparing how much the actors look like the people they're supposed to be portraying.

An earlier made for tv movie, made in 1977, called "The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover," rates far superior (and that's not saying much) to this. However, at least the latter is entertaining, which is more than can be said for this red herring.


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