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J Edgar

J Edgar
  • 2011
  • US
  • 137 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Clint Eastwood
  • Written by: Dustin Lance Black
  • Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts, Josh Lucas, Judi Dench
  • UK release: 20 January 2012

Biopic of former head of the FBI, J Edgar Hoover, touching on his alleged homosexuality and cross-dressing tendencies as well as a sentimental trip through the defining moments of his career. This subject matter is handled sensitively, and the film is well acted (especially by DiCaprio in the title role) but overall feels unfocused and lacking the type of authority that made Hoover himself such a formidable figure in American history.

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J Edgar

5 Jan 20122 stars

Clint Eastwood's biopic of the legendary FBI chief is well-acted but unfocused

(15) 137min Clint Eastwood’s biopic on former FBI head J Edgar Hoover offers an askew perspective on American history that eventually buckles under the weight of its own misguided ambition. Written by Dustin Lance Black (who won an Oscar for his…

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