J. Edgar

J. Edgar

DVD - 2012 | Anamorphic widescreen
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Explores the career and private life of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, including secrets that could have destroyed his career.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, 2012
Edition: Anamorphic widescreen
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE JEDG
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (137 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Nov 19, 2019

I thought this movie was very good. It shows the "man behind the curtain" of the FBI; an organizational man with HIS VISION how law enforcement should work during its time while evolving over the years. What the FBI did from the 1920-1970's would not play very well today. But it reflects the times and fear among the citizens and govt. officials to "get the job done," while trampling people's rights and played out with "dirty tricks" and "character assassinations" by Hoover, et al the law enforcers. Hoover ruled the FBI with an iron fist and was THE MOST feared man in the US govt.

Apr 04, 2019

I liked this biography documentary about J. Edgar Hoover. It has some violence. It is not too sexual. JEH was 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. This video shows both sides of the issues. It is comprehensive and well organized.

Aug 04, 2017

I fond DiCaprio to be horribly miscast in this role. He doesn't look like Hoover and was unable to convince me that he does. I could always see through his character to the underlying actor. He doesn't talk like Hoover either, whom I remember hearing on radio and TV as a child. Also, I found the movie to be glacially slow most of the time, and the continuity wasn't very good.

If you want a much better DiCaprio role, I suggest you try his remake of The Great Gatsby. The screen adaptation of the book is far better than the screen play for this movie. A lot of that has to do with Fitzgerald's writing genius. Still, the original Redford movie is the gold standard for Gatsby.

Jun 28, 2017

Leonardo DiCaprio has to be one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood. He brings such passion, tenacity and honesty to his roles. He was able to successfully tackle the complexity, and hypocrisy, that was J. Edgar Hoover.

Not Eastwood's best movie but a fairly good biopic nonetheless. Di Caprio was excellent.

Apr 06, 2016

This is a 2011 American biographical drama directed by Clint Eastwood.
The performance of Leonardo DiCaprio is superb while depicting the controversial behaviors of J. Edgar Hoover---both public and private.
Unfortunately, however, too many flashbacks are distracting.

real_thing Jan 15, 2016

F.B.I> Leo DiCaprio's in it. Clint Eastwood directed it.

Jan 13, 2016

This is a movie about the founder of the FBI -- J. Edgar Hoover. If one wants to comment about Hoover, he must study thoroughly about Hoover. There are many books about Hoover. In short, Hoover did many good things as a crime fighter on one hand; Hoover was proven to have done some bad things on the other hand. In order to enjoy this movie without spending a lot of time, I suggest audience to read a quick profile on Hoover over the Internet & on the 1920 American recession. Then, watch this movie as a "movie", not a documentary. Then, you may enjoy this movie. If you watch this movie as a documentary, you may disagree about many things and get upset. Last note: This is a movie, not a documentary.

Aug 14, 2015

The good & terrible of JEH. Credit due for building FBI, but not a decent person IMO. Not a huge fan of Leo, but thought he was good in this rather rambling account. Certainly didn't get high reviews.

Jul 13, 2015

I thought the acting was outstanding and the make-up incredible. I was hoping that in the bonus section on the DVD they would tell something about the make-up artists and how they accomplished the different looks for different ages, but no, sorry - not there. I thought the movie was good overall - it jumped around in time a lot and I found that a bit distracting-I think that could have been done better.

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Feb 17, 2013

Annie Hoover (to J. Edgar): "I'd rather have a dead son than a daffodil for a son."

Feb 17, 2013

J. Edgar Hoover: "Helen... Do I kill everything that I love?"

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