|Genre||Drama, Documentary/Biography, Mystery & Suspense/Crime|
|Format||Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen|
|Contributor||Armie Hammer, Josh Lucas, Leonardo DiCaprio, Dustin Lance Black, Clint Eastwood, Tim Moore, Judi Dench, Erica Huggins, Brian Grazer, Naomi Watts, Robert Lorenz See more|
Leonardo DiCaprio (Inception, Blood Diamond) stars as J. Edgar Hoover, head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for nearly 50 years. Hoover was feared, admired, reviled and revered, a man who could distort the truth as easily as he upheld it. His methods were at once ruthless and heroic, with the admiration of the world his most coveted prize. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life. Oscar Winner Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino, Million Dollar Baby, Unforgiven) directs an all-star cast including Naomi Watts (21 Grams), Armie Hammer (The Social Network) and Oscar Winner Judi Dench (Shakespeare in Love) as Hoover’s overprotective mother.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 0.01 Ounces
- Item model number : 24193004
- Director : Clint Eastwood
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 137 minutes
- Release date : February 21, 2012
- Actors : Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, Armie Hammer, Josh Lucas, Judi Dench
- Subtitles: : Spanish, French
- Producers : Tim Moore, Clint Eastwood, Brian Grazer, Erica Huggins, Robert Lorenz
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unknown (Surround), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : WarnerBrothers
- ASIN : B006OFN0SE
- Writers : Dustin Lance Black
- Number of discs : 1
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Reviewed in the United States on May 11, 2012
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What a horror film. I was caught off guard by just how horrified it made me feel. DiCaprio is perfect for the role of Hoover, because DiCaprio has always even in the full blush of his brat pack youth (the pansy 'Romeo and Juliette' romp he did years back, for instance and that insipid 'Titanic' crap that made him a celebrity) he always had a barely discernible thickness about the jaw and neck that came to the fore in "Gangs of New York" and then leaped full up in his face in later films), and the weight of his increasing gravitas as an actor (His work with Scorsese, for certain!) comes through roaring as his Hoover characterization ages, thickens, and fills out. It's like the Sinatra transformation America saw from the thin youth-fullness of Frank in "From Here to Eternity" to a hardened, round headed aging Frank in "The First Deadly Sin." It is stunning to see DiCaprio get aged and transformed as Hoover--as if we are looking at DiCaprio tapping into some part of HIMSELF that he will age into naturally in his own future.
Supporting roles are competent here, but the tour de force is DiCaprio, and he carries them all, carries the production itself, across the finish line on his own two shoulders. It seems fitting. The monster who was Hoover did much the same with the real FBI: in his evolution into a golem. This film only benefits from Eastwood's decision to let everything in it, from actors to set and costume design, to soundtrack, to cinematography, revolve around DiCaprio's gradual transformation from a callow, awkward, virgin youth to an old, closeted, shuffling but shrewd manipulator of men's souls.
Yes, I admit, as much as I am raving about this film I punked out, I couldn't finish it; it made me feel so horrified that, like watching the Zupruder film, you might have to turn away before the morbid, terrible end of it when Kennedy's head blows apart and lovely Jackie Kennedy scrambles across the back of the limo, no, NOT trying to save herself but horribly, trying to retrieve the pieces of her husband's head. It's real, it's true, but after a lifetime of seeing the Zupruder film I can no longer watch it all the way to the end. I had to stop watching "J. Edgar" for the same reason--I baied out on the final twenty minutes. I mean that as a tribute to this film, however, not a rebuke. It was so real, so true, so terrible, that I couldn't bear it. What greater achievement can we expect from real art works?
Leonardo DiCaprio is excellent as John Edgar Hoover who started as a "Federal Agent" who had little power but alot of drive. Pushing to adapt the "Bureau" into using modern techiniques with the kidnapping of the Lindberg Baby~ the FBI emerges as THE most powerful law enforcement agency. Hoover is given the job of HEAD man at the age of 27 and makes sure every agent is up to his "standards"~ dominated by his overly religious mother (Judi Dench) is also great as his Mother Annie Hoover who's made decisions for Hoover from childhood and who he lived with until she died. After Melvin Purvis shoots Dillinger gains "fame" ~ J Edgar wants more "publicity" and make being a "G MAN " popular. at the same time HONES his life long SKILL of keeping "secret files and wire taps" on everyone from the President and First Lady to "communists" ~ Hoover pushes the FBI into recruiting the best scientists and modern technique~ and actually help CAPTURE the Lindburg Kidnapping suspect Bruno Haumptmann~ and use "scientific evidence" to help convict him~ Naomi Watts is his devoted secretary who keeps his trust and secrets. As a young Hoover hires a hungry for power young lawyer Clyde Tolson, (FIRST RATE ARMIE HAMMER) and over time it is implied that Hoover and Tolson have a GAY attraction for each other. We also see Hoover in his mother's clothes (Cross dressing)~ Hoovers "hold"on power as the FBI head~~ is the fine art of blackmail.~ as each new President is elected Hoover already had secret "files and recordings" and made sure his "victim" usually a President knew he would keep their "confidence" for the sake of the amerigan public~ espcially fun is his toes to toes battles with Bobby Kennedy~ from the early 1930s to the 1970s Hoover collected more secrets on many people from actors to newspaper men and espcially any one he considered "subversive"~ DiCaprio has one of the BEST MAKE UP JOBS ON FILM and has the mean "HOOVER stare" down perfect. Armie Hammer is good as the "man" Hoover shared his life with and served under him for most of his career.
Clint Eastwood shows us a very intersting view of a man who was one of the MOST powerful men in the USA for over 50 years. MAKE UP IS OUTSTANDING~ add the master touch of EASTWOOD in his direction and this view of Hoover keeps us glued for the entire 2 hours 17 minutes. Visually a treat~ and the fun is seeing the secret side of the mysterious J Edgar Hoover. 4 STARS~
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JEH was a mysterious, complex and contradictory man - but this isn't his story. Its just a watchable film about a fictitious character loosely based on J Edgar Hoover. Expect some decent acting and a followable (if not entire coherent) plot - but there are no insights here. An entirely fictional story about someone vaguely like JEH would probably be a much better film.
Di Caprio was OK but the supprt cast was non existent Judy Dench apart.
Also the link between his aide Tolson and Hoovers 'alleged' homosexuality was not fully explained,historians are divided as to whether Hoover was gay and why no mention of his two affairs with Dorothy Lamour and Ginger Rogers mum? so at best he was bi-sexual
What a pity all the dirt he accumulated over the years was never published, a few Presidents would be spinning in their graves!