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J. Edgar (2011) Poster

(2011)

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J. Edgar Hoover: Do I kill everything that I love?

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Congressman: But your agency is already one of the most well-funded in Washington, is it not?

J. Edgar Hoover: Yes, that is true sir, but our car and bank robbery recoveries totaled 6.5 million last year, and our budget is only, well, 2 million. Unlike other departments in Washington, we actually run a profit.

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J. Edgar Hoover: What's important at this time is to re-clarify the difference between hero and villain.

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Agent Stokes: The crimes we are investigating aren't crimes, they are ideas.

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J. Edgar Hoover: McCarthy was an opportunist not a patriot.

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Annie Hoover: [Contemptuously to Edgar] I would rather have a dead son than a daffodil for a son.

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Harlan Fiske Stone: Lower the treble, son, you didn't call this meeting, I did.

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Annie Hoover: We are the sinners, Edgar. We tolerated lawlessness in the land until it grew to diabolical proportions.

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J. Edgar Hoover: It's easy to be the expert if you're the only person in the world with any interest.

Clyde Tolson: He does also claim he can tell as much from a cut of wood as a doctor can from an autopsy.

J. Edgar Hoover: Ah.

Clyde Tolson: He has, um, social difficulties.

J. Edgar Hoover: He is mentally ill, isn't he?

Clyde Tolson: He's only as mad as you are - sir.

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J. Edgar Hoover: [to his doctor] If you ever denigrate me in front of my staff like that again, I'll have you railroaded out of your profession. You understand?

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J. Edgar Hoover: Find Agent Purvis. He is to be demoted or, better yet, fired.

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J. Edgar Hoover: No one freely shares power in Washington, D.C.

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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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J. Edgar Hoover: I don't need to tell you that, what determines a man's legacy is often what isn't seen.

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Agent Stokes: Is it a date?

J. Edgar Hoover: I think so, I think so. I'm going to show her my old card catalog system at the Library of Congress.

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J. Edgar Hoover: It's time we at least have one thing the bad guys don't.

Clyde Tolson: Decorating skills?

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Helen Gandy: The Bureau is stronger than just you and me now. Your child is sure and keeps the country safe.

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Albert Osborne: Is that all, Mr. Hoover? I have a 2:30 class to teach.

J. Edgar Hoover: No, you don't. Consider your pay doubled; you now work for your country. Congratulations, Dr. Osborne.

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