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. Through eight presidents and three wars, Hoover waged battle against threats both real and perceived, often bending the rules to keep his countrymen safe. 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. He was as guarded in his private life as he was in his public one, allowing only a small and protective inner circle into his confidence. His closest colleague, Clyde Tolson, was also his constant companion, and may or may not have been his lover. Hoover's mother served as his inspiration and his conscience, and he sought her love and approval his whole life, being devasted by her death.
J. Edgar explores this 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, and the personal secrets with the potential to destroy his own career and his life. The screenplay of this film was adapted from the best-selling biography Official & Confidential by openly gay scriptwriter Dustin Lance Black (Oscar winning writer of Milk). Directed by Clint Eastwood, this film has an all-star cast, including Leonard DiCaprio , Naomi Watts and Judi Dench (and features Armie Hammer as Hoover's alluded to long-time lover Clyde Tolson).
Region Code: 4
Duration: 131 minutes
DVD Release Date: 2012
Presentation: PAL, Colour, 16:9 Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1
Language: English, English subtitles for the Hearing Impaired, Close Captioned
DVD Extras: None