• J. Edgar (2011)

J. Edgar

Release Date: November 9th, 2011

DVD Release Date: February 21st, 2012

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: Historical drama , Biography

Production Co: Malpaso Company

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Keywords: 1950s, Mother, 1930s, 1970s, Forbidden love, House, 1940s, Fascinating, Office, Rise, 1960s

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    This surprising collaboration between director Clint Eastwood and "Milk" screenwriter Dustin Lance Black tackles its trickiest challenges with plausibility and good sense, while serving up a simmeringly caustic view of its controversial subject's behavior, public and private. show more

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    As a period biopic, J. Edgar is masterful. Few films span seven decades this comfortably. show more

  • 55
    Stephanie ZacharekMovieline

    As Lily Tomlin's Ernestine once said, "There's nothing like a Hoover when you're dealing with dirt." Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar could use more dirt: This is a sensitive, sympathetic portrait of a scummy little man. show more

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