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Rated R · 137 min. · 2011


Clint Eastwood's bio-pic of FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover is a chilly movie, not just in its approach to its subject but because of Eastwood's reliably icy palette. For the most part, J. Edgar is an even-keeled, sometimes plodding journey through a life, and the only chills it provides come from the fact that it takes place in a permanent winter. But the off-putting surface makes for a few ambiguously tense moments, especially given its treatment of Hoover's sexuality. There's something laughably square and totally unique about the tone of J. Edgar, which you could also say about most any Eastwood movie, or the director himself.

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Official Site: jedgarmovie.warnerbros.com
Director: Clint Eastwood
Writer: Dustin Lance Black
Producer: Clint Eastwood, Brian Grazer and Robert Lorenz
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, Josh Lucas, Lea Thompson, Ed Westwick, Armie Hammer, Dermot Mulroney, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Donovan and Stephen Root

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