As head of the FBI for nearly 50 years, J. Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio) becomes one of America's most-powerful men. Serving through eight presidents and three wars, Hoover utilizes methods both ruthless and heroic to keep his country safe. Projecting a guarded persona in public and in private, he lets few into his inner circle. Among those closest to him are his protege and constant companion, Clyde Tolson (Armie Hammer), and Helen Gandy (Naomi Watts), his loyal secretary.
Director: Clint Eastwood
Producer: Clint Eastwood, Brian Grazer, Erica Huggins, Tim Moore, Robert Lorenz
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Dermot Mulroney, Judi Dench, Naomi Watts, Stephen Root, Denis O'Hare, Jessica Hecht, Josh Hamilton, Ken Howard, Josh Lucas, Jeffrey Donovan, Damon Herriman, Armie Hammer, David Cooper, Gunner Wright
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This was an excellent film and I feel very poorly rated. It is yet another example of how broken the MPAA's rating system is. I definitely disagree with the rating and fear that many who would enjoy this film will not see it just because of the rating received. It is even harder to figure out than King's Speech was as to why it is R for Brief Strong Language when the F-word was used only once. The only other language could be a couple uses of a very commonly used phrase for either a homosexual or a man without a backbone. Maybe some people would take offense to the term? But I disagree with it making the film R. It was very fascinating to see the progression of J. Edgar through several presidents. The make-up used to make Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts and Armie Hammer look older was outstanding -esp. the detail of Hammer's age spots - and I imagine they will receive an Oscar nomination for it. Bottom line, if you have seen the trailer and it interested you - don't hesitate because of the rating - see this film!November 12th, 2011 · Details
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