Thursday, March 28, 2013

J. Edgar

2011 American Feature

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts, Josh Lucas, Judi Dench, Ed Westwick, Ken Howard, Stephen Root, Denis O'Hare and Lea Thompson
Director: Clint Eastwood
Writer: Dustin Lance Black

The life and career of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, including an examination of his private life as a closeted gay man and his relationship with his protégé Clyde Tolson.


  • Internet Movie Database: 6.6/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 43% / Audience: 45%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 59% / Audience: 6.4%
  • OMG rating: 5/10

  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Book: Available


  • AFI Award for Movies of the Year.
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Award nominations for Best Actor (DiCaprio) and Makeup.
  • Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association Dorian Award nomination for Best Actor (DiCaprio).
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Wide Release.
  • Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor (DiCaprio).
  • Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Best Actor (DiCaprio) and Supporting Actor (Hammer).

  • Some scholars dismiss rumors about J. Edgar Hoover's sexuality, and his relationship with Clyde Tolson in particular, as unlikely, while others have described them as probable or even confirmed lovers.
  • Casting Call: Amy Adams, Claire Danes, Joaquin Phoenix and Charlize Theron.
  • J. Edgar Hoover is also the subject of the previous theatrical biopics The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover (1977, starring Broderick Crawford, with Dan Dailey as Clyde Tolson) and Hoover (2000 starring Ernest Borgnine), as well as the made for TV movies J. Edgar Hoover (1987, starring Treat Williams, with Robert Harper as Tolson), Hoover vs. the Kennedys: The Second Civil War (1987, starring Jack Warden) and The Curse of Edgar (2013, starring Brian Cox, with Anthony Higgins as Tolson).

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  • J. Edgar Hoover also appears as a character in Citizen Cohn (along with Clyde Tolson) and Don't Ask Don't Tell.

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