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J. Edgar (2011) Movie Information

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Clint Eastwood


Leonardo DiCaprio
Naomi Watts
Josh Lucas
Ed Westwick
Lea Thompson
Judi Dench





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J. Edgar Hoover was one of the most prominent faces of law enforcement for 50 years in the United States. He held power most men can only dream of and secrets that could have destroyed him. -- Chris Kavan

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Matthew Brady 07/12/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The story about J. Edgar Hoover who was one of the most prominent faces of law enforcement for 50 years in the United States. This movie is directed by the great man himself (Clint Eastwood) and I thought this movie was going to be brilliant and I also thought this was going to be Leonardo DiCaprio best role yet, And I only got one thing right and that is Leonardo DiCaprio acting in this film but the rest is a bit of a let down. The make-up looks really fake and laughable in this movie and they are these flashbacks in the movie that comes out of nowhere and I at time didn't know it's a flashback. This could have been a great movie but the movie lacks on enjoyment and joy to it, and it just left me bored.

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Brain Surgery 02/05/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I was really looking forward to this movie because I had heard so many good reviews about it, but I was kind of dissepointed. It didn't have many highlights and I almost fell asleep when I was watching it.

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Alex 11/19/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A slightly above average movie. Eastwod shows some good style and the music is also above average. DiCaprio performs his best, The movie just isn't good. Too slow at times and a bit choppy. Leave these movies up to Scorsese or even Spielberg. I learned a lot though.

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patjohnson76 11/17/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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This probably could have been a lot better than it was, but unfortunately a disappointing script from Dustin Lance Black holds this film back. The film tries to be a biographical drama about J. Edgar Hoover, but there's too much back and forth between an older Hoover reflecting on his tenure as director of the FBI (including highlights from his career) and how Hoover lived out his last days. This means the film can't create any momentum or build to anything because just as each story gets interesting it flips back to the other one. Normally I'm pretty impressed with Eastwood's directing, but in this case I wasn't as the actors, especially DiCaprio, are a little too showy. I just couldn't identify with any of them.

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07/30/2012 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

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J. Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio) was presented in his youth and twilight years. He informs his mother (Judi Dench) that he becomes the Director for Bureau of Investigation while hiring Helen Gandy (Naomi Watts) as his personal secretary. Hoover then handpicks his division and hires Clyde Tolson (Armie Hammer). DiCaprio's performance was spectacular and Dench always impresses. The beginning of how Hoover started was interesting, and then the pace dwindles after he made the personal arrests. Soundtrack was almost non-existent though the camera angles was still solid. It's plot and direction were somewhat confusing since it shifted back and forth too many times in the senior and humble beginnings of J. Edgar. Information about the person was detailed though not as though as it coul...

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01/19/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Big disappointment

Dustin Lance Black and Clint Eastwood took what should have been a fascinating story and mangled it into a completely uninteresting movie. In short, it left out so much that should've been on screen and focused on the more boring details. And, while I'm not someone who needs a movie to be linear to enjoy it, J. Edgar is sort of ridiculous. It jumps around far too much and throws too many things at you. There's a voiceover to provide some clarity, but it does little to rectify the problem. Telling the story in a simpler way would've been a better decision, I think.

The lighting is also an issue. I understand the desire to create a dark atmosphere for such a paranoid, depressing character, but it was taken a bit far. You can barely see what's going on in some scenes because the lighting'...

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I think that Gran Torino kind of sucked, but that is just my opinion. Here is my review.
Gran Torino (2008)
Clint, you can't sing, and your cast can't act!
1.5/4 stars
One of the worst acted movies I saw from 2008. Clint Eastwood must have told his fellow cast member's to not act, to make him stand out more. Why were they so baaad at acting. Wow.

The plot is pretty standard, predictable and not really worth a damn. The only character I cared about was Clint Eastwood and the girl that really rescues his soul. Still, I knew the beginning, middle, end and I even knew how it was going to be told.

The only good quality in this film was the direction, which Eastwood never disappoints. He is a very creative director and I do enjoy his style.

Still, I would rather see Clint's last role in a western, in which he kicks serious but. This was his second best movie of the year with Changeling far surpassing it. What dropped it from 2 to 1.5 was his horrible singing at the end.
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I wouldn't say that Eastwood is an amazing director, but once in a while he has some great ones. If he can get this one right as a period piece and take some good chances, it could be a great movie.

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  Chris Kavan
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The only film I think Eastwood has stumbled on was Hereafter, otherwise he has an impressive body of work, and I think J. Edgar looks to be a top contender at the Oscars. It's still early, for sure, but considering how little Oscar buzz there is for films thus far, I think it's a pretty good bet.
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  LeeAnn M.
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I agree completely. However, having Clint Eastwood behind the camera is no shoe-in for an Oscar. Grand Torino was largely overlooked. The film is not going to be paraded on the Oscar march, but instead premiere at the American Film Institute just six days before the US release date.
I want this film to do well, and I believe it will at the box office. Hopefully the Oscar Powers-that-be will drop whatever disdain they have for Eastwood and judge the movie on the talent shown on the screen.

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I just saw the trailer. Should be a for sure lock for best picture nomination. Should have a good chance to win too. Looks awesome.
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