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J. Edgar 2011 Subtitles

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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. With a career steeped in scandal and a controversial private life, the legendary director of the FBI retained his post as keeper of the country's secrets (and many of ...

Starring:
Leonardo DiCaprio,Naomi Watts
Runtime:
2 hours, 16 minutes

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Genres Drama, Historical
Director Clint Eastwood
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts
Supporting actors Josh Lucas, Lea Thompson, Ed Westwick, Armie Hammer, Dermot Mulroney, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Donovan, Stephen Root
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Nov. 2012
Format: DVD
Modern cinema owes Clint Eastwood a huge debt. As an actor and a director his films have been some of the brightest products of movies in an age dominated by mediocre special effects blockbusters rolled out to fill seats in multiplexes. His sureness of touch has been his greatest skill most of all in one of the greatest Western's ever "Unforgiven". His legacy is safe but sadly "J Edgar" will not add it. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts and Armie Hammer this is one long slog of a film that can't make up its mind want it wants to be. It commences almost as a complete retelling of the "FBI Story" starting on the 1919 "Red Scare" and as casting the historical figure Emma Goldman as some sort of demonic alien who deserved to be deported. There is no attempt to question the delusion that America was about to be taken over by "Bolshevism". Instead the febrile ranting's of the young Hoover are given full vent. Thus peaceful and justified events like the Seattle General Strike of 1919 are cast, as if they are about to bring down the government. Much concentration follows on the Palmer Raids and then the Lindburgh kidnapping which spurred Congress to pass the Federal Kidnapping Act and essentially create the FBI. The trial of Bruno Richard Hauptmann the alleged kidnapper is also thoroughly dealt with.

These two events take over an hour to portray and then suddenly we jump to the JFK assassination. In that time the worst ever Bobby Kennedy lookalike has appeared two times (a later Richard Nixon lookalike is equally poor) as Eastwood's direction jumps all over any attempt at historical narrative.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BookwormEla on 3 Oct. 2014
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I'm not sure how Eastwood managed to make Hoover's life story boring, but this film is mostly dull, with a few exceptions. I recently read a non-fiction history of the FBI, 'Enemies' by Tim Weiner, which was far more entertaining - I'd recommend it if you want to know how Hoover really operated. I thought Naomi Watts did a good job as Hoover's secretary, and Josh Lucas was excellent in a minor role as Charles Lindbergh, but ultimately the film tried to cover too much of Hoover's life, and thus fell prey to some of the worst ageing make-up I've seen in a film - poor Armie Hammer looked like he was wearing a mask at the end.

The framing device of having Hoover dictate his memoirs to a young man, worked quite well in tying together the dramatised episodes from his life, and pointed the fact that Hoover simply made things up if he felt it would boost his image. The parts of the film where Hoover is recalling his early career are very dark, as though shot on film stock of the period, but later scenes are better lit - this and the use of black and white is a nice conceit by Eastwood, even if it means that some of the action isn't very clear.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY on 13 Aug. 2013
Format: DVD
The movie opens in the 1960's. The FBI wants to investigate MLK and the SCLC, but RFK doesn't want to allow it until the FBI has a tape of JFK in a compromising position. The movie flashes back to Hoover's involvement in the Palmer Raids and the deportation of a US citizen, Emma Goldman. It uses the flashback method to show us events in the past that shaped Edgar's way of thinking. He was a stickler for details and liked science, especially that fingerprint thing. We also get a glimpse of his fight with organized crime and becoming a hero in the Lindbergh trial. The movie skirts his cross dressing save for a story told by his mother of another boy. It also touches on his homosexuality, but doesn't focus on it except for one scene (man kiss).

Leonardo DiCaprio played J.Edgar similar to how he played Howard Hughes. The script brings out the complexity of Hoover as both a genius patriot and a blackmailing diabolical man. It shows him as reluctant to spy on reporters for Nixon and someone who disliked Joe McCarthy. An interesting movie for any history buff. It connects to our present era of terrorism and extradition.

one f-bomb, the cs word, no nudity, shadow sex with noises.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Juliana on 30 Dec. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The film was interesting and informative and portrayed the man realistically. Leonardo DiCaprio did the role justice. I've seen it before and decided to buy it as a present for my brother who also enjoyed it. It arrived on time and there were no problems.
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51 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Inkhorn TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Mar. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Throughout an illustrious directing career Clint Eastwood has delivered outstanding movies such as Unforgiven, Mystic River, and Million Dollar Baby, for which he has won five Academy Awards, for best Picture, Best Director, and including the Irving Thalberg Life Achievement Award. My personal favorite of all his directed movies is Gran Torino.

The actors who have worked with him have been blessed with Oscar: Gene Hackman for Unforgiven, Tim Robbins and Sean Penn for Mystic River, Morgan Freeman and Hilary Swank for Million Dollar Baby.

When I heard Clint Eastwood was doing a movie about Hoover, I admit I was somewhat excited, although it would be a challenging movie to do.

I wondered would it deal with the relationship with the Kennedys, conspiracy theories, Hoover's alleged homosexuality, and alleged crossdressing, if it would deal with the entire career, if it would dare to show him in all his unpleasantness and darkness.

If Hoover were alive today, I think he would be horrified at this movie. Undoubtedly, no such movie could have been made while he was alive.

J Edgar deals with the entire span of J Edgar's career and makes brave choices in portraying the relationship between he and his No 2, Colson. The screenplay was written by same person who wrote the screen play for Milk.

With Martin Scorsese making his first movie apart from DiCaprio in 12 years Leonardo does an outstanding job in the title role, as does Armie Hammer in the role of Colson. Naomi Watts plays Hoover's long time secretary to whom he proposes early in the movie, and Judi Dench plays his domineering and controlling mother.
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