J. Edgar

(DVD - 2012)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
J. Edgar
J. Edgar Hoover 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.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, 2012
Edition: Rental ed
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE J
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (137 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Jan 07, 2015
  • DebAK rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

One would think that if Hoover really appeared in parties in DC as a drag, the entire world would have known... One thing is for sure, history show that his anti-communism was certainly justified. Clarifying a few points, Wilson had already developed a program against immigrants during the war with Germany in 1917-18. In 1919 Palmer appointed Hoover the head of the investigative team purging the immigrant community of radicals after a series of anti-capitalist bombings. The movie fails to note that Hoover (and his FBI ) worked to stop Nazi infiltration in America during World War II. It also ignores gun battles with Great Depression gangsters, and its prevention of terrorist bombings on NY during Thanksgiving 1962 by agents of communist dictator Fidel Castro. Hoover was not a saint, yet, he was not a devil either! (Interesting to note that the movie "Hoover," with Ernest Borgnine, that has a more realistic view of the man, is not owned by any of the more than 30 CLEVNET libraries!)

Jul 02, 2014
  • POLITICSOWNSUS rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Shockingly BAD,and very suspect portrait of the DEEPLY RACIST and HOMOSEXUAL director of the FBI period.I really think that Leonardo DiCaprio was grossly MISCAST in the lead role by the way,and i am really shocked at how i didn't fall asleep during this 2 hours and 16 minute Bore fest period.The lighting and the photography of the dark or at night scenes was some of the worst i have ever seen in a film ever period.Maybe this would have worked if the writer of this film would have written an uncompromising,and brutally honest script about the title character,and let me know everything that was in those documents of J.Edgar Hoover's that got shredded into oblivion period.This is unbelievably the worst film i have ever seen Clint Eastwood direct period.How can he as a director get very shockingly LOWER than this for his entire career as a director????? The most interesting part of this film is not his EXTREME RACISM towards Blacks only,but everything that was in his documents that got shredded that we will never find out about in real life at all period,BUT YOU DON'T HEAR ME THOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Apr 24, 2013
  • docjnsuss rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

This movie is an ambiguous telling of the personal life and career of J. Edgar Hoover. Considering the subject matter and cast one would have expected a better result from director Clint Eastwood. The back and forth between the past and present was confusing. The rumors of J. Edgar Hoover's sexuality and dressing in women's clothing were glossed over. Also J. Edgar Hoover's use of scandalous information to blackmail politicians as well as powerful and famous people was hinted at but not shown. As others noted below the makeup jobs were atrocious. This movie does not do justice to J. Edgar Hoover's personal life nor his career as Director of the FBI.

Apr 22, 2013
  • ray313 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Leonardo DiCaprio gives a great performance as the famous FBI Director. The focus of the movie is on the Director's rise to power and fame while having a lifelong affair with another man, that's sharply hinted at in this movie.

Apr 02, 2013
  • angel_heart rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Fascinating story about a man I know little about. Dark, dismal with BAD make-up jobs. But VERY informative. Now I know what happened to some of the Marilyn Monroe documents.

Mar 26, 2013
  • blahblahblah345662 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

During the late '60's part of the film when Hoover runs CoInTelPro, he originally sends agents to infiltrate the peace groups wearing nothing but summer dresses--a huge failure.

Feb 17, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

An interesting biopic. The man was driven, and he possessed great intellect and foresight. On the flip side, he was an insecure 'mama's boy' with a speech impediment, living a lie 'in the closet', who would dig up some skeletons in others' closets, as leverage on those he disliked, or neurotically believed were conspiring against him. Director/producer Clint Eastwood attempted approaching this bio as a love story, as well. Being a huge fan of his work, I'm sorry to say this fell somewhat short. Kind of dry. I suppose that's to be expected, given the material he had to work with.

Jan 26, 2013
  • karmafarmer rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Not a memorable entry into DiCaprio's or Eastwood's portfolios. No imagination with the camera and it seemed Leo was barely into the role compared to, say, his portrayal of Howard Hughes in "Aviator" - a far superior bio in my opinion. Substandard ageing make-up on the main characters was distracting. Time-lapse segues seemed clumsy... perhaps with the talents involved and the subject, my expectations were too high but I'd bet Clint and Leo would like a do-over on this one.

Jan 12, 2013
  • thatcatdavid rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

It was an honest account of the former FBI director. I did not like the attempt to portray a normal love interest between Edgar and his assitant, however I believe they portrayed Hoover well. The script was good and Leonardo's acting was as always brillant. The historical account that the film gives of both Hoover and the FBI during this period in America was very educational.

Dec 31, 2012
  • RichardPaul rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

J. Edgar ---- By : written by Dustin Lance Black (DVD - 2012). ---- ---- Performers: Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, Judi Dench, Naomi Watts, Josh Lucas, Dermot Mulroney, Stephen Root, Jessica Hecht, Lea Thompson, Ken Howard, Josh Hamilton. ---- ---- produced by Brian Grazer, Robert Lorenz ; produced and directed by Clint Eastwood. ---- MPAA Rating "R". ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ----My Review: This story is very strong in content and action: in saying the story is strong, what I mean is it can influence a young mind in a bad way. J. Edgar was a crook and a liar. ---- He Blackmailed many persons and thier family's to achive his self centered goals. ---- Having lived through the later years- of J. Edgar Hovers leadership and designs for the FBI. I was glad that this movie and story were created. ---- When JFK was Killed, I was in 6th grade. ---- The movie is 2Hrs-17Min long. ---- The movie is a good review to a point. ---- It is also so damn slow I spent two days viewing it. ---- I can only spend so much time watching dark formating in a movie. ---- Enjoy if you can! It is not entertainment! ---- RichardPaul(Finished 12-26-12)

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Dec 31, 2012
  • RichardPaul rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The selection is enough!

Dec 31, 2012
  • RichardPaul rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Dec 31, 2012
  • RichardPaul rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Violence: The selection is enough!

Dec 31, 2012
  • RichardPaul rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Feb 17, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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

Feb 17, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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


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Dec 31, 2012
  • RichardPaul rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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