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R| 2 hr. 17 min.

Plot Summary
As head of the FBI for nearly 50 years, J. Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio) becomes one of America's most-powerful men. Serving through eight presidents and three wars, Hoover utilizes methods both ruthless and heroic to keep his country safe. Projecting a guarded persona in public and in private, he lets few into his inner circle. Among those closest to him are his protege and constant companion, Clyde Tolson (Armie Hammer), and Helen Gandy (Naomi Watts), his loyal secretary.

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio , Naomi Watts , Armie Hammer , Josh Lucas , Judi Dench , Ken Howard , Gunner Wright , David A. Cooper

Director: Clint Eastwood

Genres: Biography, Historical drama

Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures

J. Edgar (2011)

Release Date: November 9th, 2011|2 hr. 17 min.

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fan reviews ( 60 )
  • Even when the film trips on its tall ambitions, you can't shake it off. show more

  • It's watchable and reasonably entertaining, to be sure. Eastwood doesn't make movies that are hard to sit through. But something in the film's point of view is off, not at cross-purposes, not contradictory, but incomplete, irrelevant and ever-so-faintly ridiculous. show more

  • J. Edgar shines a probing beam of light on a man who was widely feared, often disliked, but rarely understood. show more

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  • September 10, 2012 Raymond
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    UNDER RATED MASTERPIECE

  • April 12, 2012 sr00000000118364
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    A pretty good movie but it was a little slow. The story was ok and the acting was descent.

  • March 09, 2012 Sir Raymond
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    If one needs a bio for a term paper on Mr. Hover, Then this is the one to rent. Otherwise its just that......a very good bio. Rent anything esle for entertainment. While this movie, (as all Clint Movies) is really well done and Leonardo does a great acting job, Its just not that entertaining.

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