J. Edgar
Directed By
Clint Eastwood
Produced By
Clint Eastwood, Brian Grazer, Robert Lorenz
Written By
Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, Alexander Payne
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio
Armie Hammer
Naomi Watts
Josh Lucas
Judi Dench
Distributed By
Warner Bros.
Release Date
November 11, 2011
137 min

J. Edgar is a biographical movie directed by Clint Eastwood about FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, with emphasis on his life as an abstinent homosexual.


As head of the FBI for nearly 50 years, J. Edgar Hoover becomes one of America's most-powerful men. Serving through eight presidents and three wars, Hoover utilizes methods both ruthless and heroic to keep his country safe. Projecting a guarded persona in public and in private, he lets few into his inner circle. Among those closest to him are his protege and constant companion, Clyde Tolson , and Helen Gandy (Naomi Watts), his loyal secretary.


  • Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover
  • Armie Hammer as Clyde Tolson
  • Naomi Watts as Helen Gandy
  • Damon Herriman as Bruno Hauptmann
  • Jeffrey Donovan as Robert F. Kennedy
  • Judi Dench as Anna Marie, Hoover's mother
  • Ed Westwick as Agent Smith, Hoover's biographer
  • Josh Lucas as Charles Lindbergh
  • Ken Howard as U.S. Attorney General Harlan F. Stone
  • Stephen Root as Arthur Koehler
  • Denis O'Hare as Albert S. Osborn
  • Geoff Pierson as Alexander Mitchell Palmer
  • Lea Thompson as Lela Rogers
  • Gunner Wright as Dwight D. Eisenhower
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