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Rated R · 137 minutes · 2011

Biography, Historical drama
Clint Eastwood’s biographical study of FBI founder J. Edgar Hoover (bravely portrayed, warts and all, by Leonardo DiCaprio) is a puzzlingly ill-conceived production, the sort of movie that makes you feel queasy as you leave the theater. As written for the screen by Dustin Lance Black (Oscar winner for his Milk screenplay), Hoover was simultaneously one of the most powerful men in the US, the nation’s Number One Cop — and also a prissy mama’s boy, an insecure bully whose vindictive hatred for “Reds,” anti-war protesters, and African-American civil rights activists like Martin Luther King Jr. may or may not have been a cover for his homosexual relationship with his chief lieutenant, FBI agent Clyde Tolson (Armie Hammer). But aside from the smothering influence of Hoover’s mother (Judi Dench), we learn almost nothing about how his prejudices were formed, only the tawdry consequences. Why touch Hoover at all, even with a ten-foot pole? What was producer-director Eastwood thinking? And where does this disheartening profile fit into his rich filmography? Raises many more questions than it answers. Costarring Naomi Watts as the woman the young Hoover was too prim to warm up to. (137 min.)


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Director: Clint Eastwood
Producer: Clint Eastwood, Brian Grazer, Robert Lorenz, Tim Moore and Erica Huggins
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, Armie Hammer, Josh Lucas, Judi Dench, Ken Howard, Gunner Wright, David Cooper, Jeffrey Donovan, Dermot Mulroney, Denis O'Hare, Damon Herriman, Stephen Root, Jessica Hecht and Josh Hamilton

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