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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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Clint Eastwood
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leonardo DiCaprio ... J. Edgar Hoover
Josh Hamilton ... Robert Irwin
Geoff Pierson ... Mitchell Palmer
Cheryl Lawson Cheryl Lawson ... Palmer's Wife
Kaitlyn Dever ... Palmer's Daughter
Brady Matthews ... Inspector
Gunner Wright ... Dwight Eisenhower
David A. Cooper ... Franklin Roosevelt
Ed Westwick ... Agent Smith
Naomi Watts ... Helen Gandy
Kelly Lester ... Head Secretary
Jack Donner ... Edgar's Father
Judi Dench ... Annie Hoover
Dylan Burns ... Hoover as a Child
Jordan Bridges ... Labor Dept. Lawyer
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,217,324, 13 November 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$37,306,030

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$84,606,030
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Scott Eastwood auditioned for the role of Agent Smith. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie, when J. Edgar and Clyde are conversing with one another. J. Edgar is wearing a pair of suspenders with brass adjustment clips on his chest. These brass clips move from being parallel to being out of alignment and then back. This happens several times during the scene. 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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Features 'G' Men (1935) See more »

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Red Sails in the Sunset
Written by Jimmy Kennedy (as James Kennedy) and Will Grosz (as Hugh Williams)
Performed by Kyle Eastwood, Joe Bagg, Kye Palmer, Jason Harnell
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Depressing-Lackluster-Boring
16 November 2011 | by james1844See all my reviews

Lets not beat around the bush. This film takes the viewer down a sad and depressing road of poor make-up, dry and boring scenes not to mention a story of the life of a man that was tied to his mother's apron strings.

I can't understand why Eastwood decided to produce this dreary story. Hoover was a flawed man but with one key redeeming quality...He wanted to reconstruct the F.B.I. and rebuild it into a polished law enforcement machine that would level the playing field of combating crime at a time when it was Dodge City run-a-muck.

As for Dicaprio, I think that he was a mistake to play Hoover. It just doesn't work. Hoover was ruthless and self-absorbed. Hoover needed to be portrayed by someone like Jack Nickleson or at least similar.


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