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J. Edgar (2011)

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J. Edgar Hoover, powerful head of the F.B.I. for nearly 50 years, looks back on his professional and personal life.

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Hoover as a Child
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Biopic of J. Edgar Hoover told by Hoover as he recalls his career for a biography. Early in his career, Hoover fixated on Communists, anarchists and any other revolutionary taking action against the U.S. government. He slowly builds the agency's reputation, becoming the sole arbiter of who gets hired and fired. One of his hires is Clyde Tolson who is quickly promoted to Assistant Director and would be Hoover's confidant and companion for the rest of Hoover's life. Hoover's memories have him playing a greater role in the many high profile cases the FBI was involved in - the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, the arrest of bank robbers like John Dillinger - and also show him to be quite adept at manipulating the various politicians he's worked with over his career, thanks in large part to his secret files. Written by garykmcd

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The Most Powerful Man in the World


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Rated R for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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11 November 2011 (USA)  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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$11,217,324 (USA) (11 November 2011)

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$37,304,950 (USA) (17 February 2012)
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When J. Edgar Hoover and his mother leave the Strand Theatre following the premiere of 'G' Men, a theatre marquee across Times Square announces the Eltinge Follies. Julian Eltinge was a famous female impersonator and drag performer in the early 20th century and had his own theater on 42nd Street. The Eltinge Theatre depicted in this film opened in 1912 and was renamed the Empire Theatre in 1942. It is now part of the AMC Empire 25 complex. See more »

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Hoover tells Tolson they're going to Del Mar. But the scene is set in 1934, before the Lindbergh baby is found and before Del Mar actually opened, in 1937. See more »

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J. Edgar Hoover: Let me tell you something. The SCLC has direct Communist ties. Even great men can be corrupted, can't they? Communism is not a political party. It is a disease. It corrupts the soul, turning men, even the gentlest of men, into vicious evil tyrants.
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At Sundown
Written by Walter Donaldson
Performed by George Olsen and his Music
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By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Edgar and Clyde
22 November 2011 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Snipets of history and then a tabloid romance that, in its day, was made of rumor and innuendo. A psychotic, paranoid schizophrenic, as I see it, head of the most powerful Federal Bureau Of Investigation, corrupted by his own power and his obsession with secrecy is a character worthy of Peter Lorre but in this new outing of the prolific Clint Eastwood, J Edgar Hoover is Leonardo DiCaprio! I love both DiCaprio and Eastwood but not in this. I love DiCaprio for Gilbert Grape and Eastwood for The Outlaw Josey Wales and Unforgiven. Here they are both out of their depths. Long, boring film with terrible aging make-up and no real center. The most unexpected aspect was the time dedicated to the romance between J Edgar and Clyde Tolson. It humanized the man without revealing him. That's almost cheating.


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