J. Edgar


J. Edgar

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Leonardo DiCaprio gives a predictably powerhouse performance, but J. Edgar stumbles in all other departments with cheesy makeup, poor lighting, confusing narrative, and humdrum storytelling.



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J. Edgar explores the public and private life of one of the most powerful, controversial and enigmatic figures of the 20th century. As the face of law enforcement in America for almost fifty years, J. Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio) was feared and admired, reviled and revered. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life. -- (C) Warner Bros


Leonardo DiCaprio
as J. Edgar Hoover
Armie Hammer
as Clyde Tolson
Naomi Watts
as Helen Gandy
Josh Lucas
as Charles Lindbergh
Judi Dench
as Annie Hoover
Ed Westwick
as Agent Smith
Damon Herriman
as Bruno Hauptmann
Stephen Root
as Arthur Koehler
Jeffrey Donovan
as Robert Kennedy
Ken Howard
as Harlan Fiske Stone
Josh Hamilton
as Robert Irwin
Geoffrey Pierson
as Mitchell Palmer
Cheryl Lawson
as Palmer's Wife
Gunner Wright
as Dwight Eisenhower
David Cooper
as Franklin Roosevelt
David A. Cooper
as Franklin Roosevelt
Brady Matthews
as Inspector
Kaitlyn Dever
as Palmer's Daughter
Kelly Lester
as Head Secretary
Jack Donner
as Edgar's Father
Dylan Burns
as Hoover as a Child
Jordan Bridges
as Labor Dept. Lawyer
Jack Axelrod
as Caminetti
Jessica Hecht
as Emma Goldman
Josh Stamberg
as Agent Stokes
Michael James Faradie
as Bureau Agent (1919)
Christian Clemenson
as Inspector Schell
Billy Smith
as Secret Service Officer
Michael Rady
as Agent Jones
Scot Carlisle
as Agent Williams
Geoff Stults
as Raymond Caffrey
Sadie Calvano
as Edgar's Niece
Allen Nabors
as Agent Appel
Ryan McPartlin
as Lawrence Richey
William Bebow
as Mr. Walters
Joseph Culliton
as Credit Director
Mike Vaughn
as Balding Agent
Miles Fisher
as Agent Garrison
Dermot Mulroney
as Colonel Schwarzkopf
Zach Grenier
as John Condon
Johnny Cicco
as Young Agent
Denis O'Hare
as Albert Osborne
Kahil Dotay
as Elmer Irey
Lea Coco
as Agent Sisk
Scott C. Roe
as Wiretap Agent
Ernest Harden Jr.
as Hoover's Driver
Roberta Bassin
as Roosevelt's Secretary
Steve Monroe
as Restaurant Host
Sean Murphy
as Truck Driver
Gary Werntz
as Attorney General
David Clennon
as Senator Friendly
Michael O'Neill
as Senator McKellar
Eric Larkin
as Fred Hunter
Manu Intiraymi
as Alvin Karpis
Eric Frentzel
as William Mahan
Michael Klinger
as Harry Brunette
Evan Charest
as Reporter
Emily Alyn Lind
as Shirley Temple
Kyle Eastwood
as Stork Club Band
Joe Bagg
as Stork Club Band
Kye Palmer
as Stork Club Band
Jason Harnell
as Stork Club Band
Michael Gladis
as Stork Club Owner
Jamie Labarber
as Ginger Rogers
Lea Thompson
as Lela Rogers
Amanda Schull
as Anita Colby
Craig Zucchero
as Man at the Counter
Gregory Hoyt
as Agent One
Greg Hoyt
as Agent One
Jeff Cockey
as Agent Two
Gerald Downey
as FBI Agent
Brennan Coulter
as Newspaper Boy
Jenny Phagan
as Baker's Wife
Tommy Christensen
as Theatre Cashier
Chris Caputo
as Bronx Baker
Austin Basis
as Bank Teller
Adam Driver
as Walter Lyle
Shannon McClain
as African American Woman
Justin Alston
as African American Man
Ary Katz
as Agent Owens
Duncan Hood
as Radio Announcer
Aaron Lazar
as Prosecutor Wilentz
Ernest Heinz
as Jury Foreman
Teresa Hegji
as Hauptmann's Wife
Thomas Langston
as Young Boy
Robert Fleet
as Edgar's Mother's Doctor
Joe Keyes
as Edgar's Brother
Christopher Shyer
as Richard Nixon
Maxine Weldon
as Hoover's Maid
Larkin Campbell
as H.R. Haldemann
Mark Thomason
as Nixon Aide
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  • Jan 14, 2017
    J. Edgar was a somewhat confusing narrative, although it was well acted. The story content is almost boring in a sense when I really think about it, there are tons of dull parts. This is the kind of film I can appreciate, but would not watch again.
    Jarrin R Super Reviewer
  • Nov 22, 2013
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 26, 2013
    A little long and somewhat boring/slow at times, but the acting was very good.
    Erin C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 05, 2013
    MAD HOOVER DOES NOT SUCK OK, forget the make-up on poor old Clyde Tolson, Hoover's gay 'partner', especially in the stroke scene at the end. It is beyond terrible. But this well written, acted and directed take on the life and career of the FBI founder is very good indeed, if you have half a brain. Eastwood and Shane Black are clear about Hoover as a person, and as an American icon - he was driven, mad, a repressed homosexual, who used his office to glorify himself and wield incredible power for an unelected figure. And yet.... He also contributed greatly to the modernisation of police work (imagine the CSI without Hoover), and championed the use of real evidence in criminal proscecutions. I found it a more truthful portrait than any other, as no villain sees himself as evil, but as good. DeCaprio is excellent throughtout the film. He plays Hoover at all stages of his worklife, and the make up on him is pretty good. It is during his rise that DeCaprio shines through as the quality performer. It may sound odd, but he has blossomed into a great actor, as De Niro predicted, with excellent performances in Scorsese's films and so many others. His baby face may still be there, but he is a formidable actor; along with Day Lewis, one of the very best of his generation. The convoluted nature of the storytelling is intelligent, but sometimes undermines the force of the film. It is difficult to find the governing idea - that one man's life, no matter how flawed, can still be great? That one man's flaws can overwhelm whatever good a man does? This did not make the film a waste of time, it made it interesting. It was left to the audience to ask and answer these big questions, and I, for one, found myself fascinated.
    Richard B Super Reviewer

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