J. Edgar

J. Edgar is the biopic of J. Edgar Hoover the legendary FBI director who served as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1924 until his death in 1972. He worked under eight different presidents and he was considered to be the second most powerful man in the country.  Over the course of his tenure, he single handedly built the FBI into an intimidating operation feared by both gangsters and law-abiding citizens. The couple was outed posthumously by New York socialite Susan Rosentiel.

This movie uncovers skeletons in J. Edgar Hoover’s closet. Rumors about his sexuality were commonplace throughout his life specially after he died and his estate went to his longtime friend Clyde Tolson. Tolson also worked for the FBI.The movie portrayed him as a closeted gay: he is gay but celibate. He was in love with Tolson but he did not act on it. He had no problem exposing skeletons in other people’s closets but went to great lengths to hide his own relationship with Tolson which lasted for over 40 years.

He was portrayed as a mama’s boy. He lived with his mother Annie for most of his life. He feared her mother’s wrath. Her mother Annie told him “I’d rather have a dead son than a daffodil son” when she sensed that her son is gay.

The movie avoided taking a position on his sexuality but it painted a clear picture of him as a paranoid and vindictive person. Most of the people around him feared him because of the secret files he kept on them. He directed his agents to spy not only on crooks but on anyone he considered un-American, such as members of civil rights and anti-war organizations.

The movie moves back and forth between two periods in Hoover’s life: the 1920’s – 1930’s and 1960’s. He was making a name for himself during the 20’s to 30’s and during the 60’s where he was recounting his work in the FBI.

It is directed by Clint Eastwood and Leonardo DiCaprio played Hoover. Naomi Watts played his assistant and Judi Dench played Annie the mother.




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5 Responses to J. Edgar

  1. Sandy says:

    This a well done movie. Leonardo can act! Love it.

    • YeNi says:

      Noz It’s truly unbelievable how much money peolpe like DiCaprio make…and for what? Making a movie?All the hard working peolpe in this country…the teachers, the engineers, the doctors, who truly make a difference in some individual’s life….get no recognition or pay or decent treatment any way shape of form…but peolpe like these celebrities, or the idiots running around baseball fields or bouncing a freaking ball up and down a court or some loser hitting a freaking golf ball make millions and millions.What a sad reflection it is on our society that these peolpe are valued as “heros” ….. August 19 2011 at 12:35 PM +1 rate up rate down

  2. Tess says:

    Leonardo deserves an acting award for the role. The movie is brilliant and it is very good. The film will leave you intrigued.

  3. Emily M. says:

    I am not aware that the Leonardo DiCaprio is playing the part at all. The make-up is really great.

    It is a good movie but not on the standards of Clint Eastwood and Leonardo DiCaprio. Eastwood is somewhat losing it, his films are getting longer and less interesting. We know that he is a terrific filmmaker some of his films are great like “Grand Torino” but not J. Edgar.

  4. Linh says:

    Leonardo should receive an award for this firm.

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