J. Edgar | 2011

Drama, Period
As the face of law enforcement in America for almost fifty years, J. Edgar Hoover was feared and admired, reviled and revered. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career ...more
Director: Clint Eastwood
Awards: 1 Golden Globe nomination. Another 3 nominations | full awards »

Cast

... J. Edgar Hoover

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... Helen Gandy

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... Clyde Tolson

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... Charles Lindbergh

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... Anne Hoover

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... Robert Irwin

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... Mitchell Palmer

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... Palmer's Wife

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... Palmer's Daughter

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... Inspector

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... Dwight Eisenhower

Actor

... Franklin Roosevelt

Actor

Company

Production Company

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Malpaso Productions

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PJF Productions, Inc.

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Synopsis

During his lifetime, J. Edgar Hoover would rise to be the most powerful man in America. As head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for nearly 50 years, he would stop at nothing to protect his country. His methods were at once ruthless and heroic, with the admiration of the world his most coveted, if ever elusive, prize. Hoover was a man who placed great value on secrets-particularly those of others-and was not afraid to use that information to exert authority over the leading figures in the nation. Understanding that knowledge is power and fear poses opportunity, he used both to gain unprecedented influence and to build a reputation that was both formidable and untouchable. He was as guarded in his private life as he was in his public one. His closest colleague, Clyde Tolson, was also his constant companion. His secretary, Helen Gandy, who was perhaps most privy to Hoover's designs, remained loyal to the end and beyond. Only Hoover's mother, who served as his inspiration and his conscience, would leave him, her passing truly crushing to the son who forever sought her love and approval. As seen through the eyes of Hoover himself, "J. Edgar" explores the personal and public life and relationships of a man who could distort the truth as easily as he upheld it during a life devoted to his own idea of justice, often swayed by the darker side of power.

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