J. Edgar [DVD] [2011]

  • SKU: 4709587
  • Release Date: 02/21/2012
  • Rating: R
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
74% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (31 out of 42)

Special Features


  • J. Edgar: A Complicated Man - Clint Eastwood and Leonardo Di Caprio present an intimate portrait of one of the 20th Century's most powerful figures.
  • Includes a behind-the-scenes look at the production challenges of shooting a period film

Synopsis


J. Edgar
Acclaimed actor Leonardo DiCaprio stars in Academy Award-winning director Clint Eastwood's richly detailed biopic exploring the life and career of controversial FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. For nearly 50 years, Hoover (DiCaprio) fought crime as one of the most powerful law enforcers in America. During Hoover's extended stint as Director of the FBI, however, his penchant for bending the law in the name of seeking justice and using the secrets of high profile leaders to gain personal leverage won him just as many supporters as detractors. Little did many other than his loyal colleague Clyde Tolson (Armie Hammer) and faithful secretary Helen Gandy (Naomi Watts) know, however, that Hoover himself was a man with many secrets to hide. Josh Lucas, Judi Dench, and Stephen Root co-star in film written by Oscar-winning Milk scribe Dustin Lance Black. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Leonardo DiCaprio
    Leonardo DiCaprio - J. Edgar Hoover
  • Armie Hammer
    Armie Hammer - Clyde Tolson
  • Naomi Watts
    Naomi Watts - Helen Gandy
  • Josh Lucas
    Josh Lucas - Charles Lindbergh
  • Judi Dench
    Judi Dench - Annie Hoover



Customer rating

3.7
74%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Letdown of epic proportions

    Posted
    Treydle
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    With no real knowledge of history, someone asked “who was the most powerful man in the country during the sixties and seventies” would probably answer with the name of a president. JFK, LBJ, or Nixon, most likely. And they’d be wrong. During all their turns as chief executive, only one man had all of them quaking in their boots. J. Edgar Hoover (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) is dictating his autobiography to a young FBI agent and this provides the sequence of events for the film. The beginning of his relationship with long-time secretary and confidant Helen Gandy (played by Naomi Watts), the creation and growth of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and those prominent cases that helped to garner press coverage for the Bureau and Hoover specifically. Chief among those is the Lindbergh kidnapping. But we find out later during a private moment between Hoover and his deputy, Clyde Tolson (played by Armie Hammer) that his recollections are usually embellished and occasionally flat-out lies. And while the relationship of Hoover and Tolson has been the subject of much speculation, the film does little to explore it. If you read and remember my review of Water for Elephants, than you know I hate Leonardo DiCaprio. That hatred, however, has not stopped me from enjoying several of his movies in the theater and purchasing them on DVD. The Aviator, Blood Diamond, and, most recently, Inception to name a few. I also enjoy Clint Eastwood’s work as both a director and an actor despite serious missteps like True Crime and Blood Work. And while I’ve never liked Hoover, I was anxious to see this film on his life. When you start off intending to make a film about a paranoid, power-mad, cross-dresser with a penchant for blackmail and who is alleged to have had an affair with his second-in-command, ending up with a dull finished product is practically an accomplishment and that’s what happened. Perhaps any one film is not enough to offer real exploration of this polarizing historical figure, but with the cast and crew already mentioned and a script by the same writer who brought us the 2008 biopic Milk with Sean Penn in the title role, this was a disappointment and a rather significant one, at that.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Epic story of J. Edgar Hoover, former FBI Director

    Posted
    CWLW
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    It is said that casting is everything and Eastwood, the Director, really got it right. The clothing, automobiles and social customs of about the 70 year period of the films story were very closely replicated, materially added to the story-telling and a fuller understanding of the saga by the audience. Filmed in color but most scenes were very dark which I am sure was the Directors desire to more effectively tell the story which was shrouded in mystery.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Left Struggling with storyline

    Posted
    Booska
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    This is one of those movies that keeps going from present moment and back to different moment in time and it was a bit hard to keep up as to what point in time you were in with each scene. I don't mind when directors do this, but when you do not take care to ensure the watcher knows where you are taking them, it gets to confusing causing you to lose a bit of interest. Good story, but not a five star

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Entertaining

    Posted
    Nay294
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    Epic yet boring. It explores the public and private life of one of the most powerful and controversial figures of the 20th century. 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 and his life

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great movie that tells a great story

    Posted
    Ellis8815
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    This was a great movie that tells a great story about a very important person in US history. The acting and the cast were great. It was a little lengthy for my taste and a little confusing how the story jumped back to the beginning from time to time. But overall a very good movie and suggest it to anyone who likes historic films.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Filmography

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    luvmadea
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    I watch this movie quite often and still wonder why Leonardo DeCaprio does not get more awards for his craft of acting. Did you know Hoover was of African descent? His grandfather on his fathers side was "coloured" according to the census. But has since been altered. Check it out on fantompowa dot net.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Labeled ncorrectly

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    Becks81
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    This is listed as including a digital download, not an ultraviolet download specifically. I returned this item because I would not have purchased it if it had been listed correctly. I only purchase items that include an iTunes digital download and this only offers ultraviolet download which I don't want.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Pass

    Posted
    RoomWithAReView
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    Another performance from DiCaprio that just isn't anything special. The makeup is distracting at best for the older versions of characters. There's a good story here, I just think Dustin Lance Black and Clint Eastwood compromised their way around it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend




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