15 certificateJ. Edgar is a Film programme that first aired in 2011 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

J. Edgar is a 3 star programme

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J. Edgar (2011)

Directed by
Clint Eastwood

In the 1920s, the United States of America was a lawless place. The Bureau of Investigation - later to become the FBI - was still in its infancy and incapable of calling Tommy gun-wielding gangsters to heel.

Then came J Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio). Over almost half a century he revolutionised the US crime-fighting agency, cracking down on famous hoodlums from John Dillinger to 'Baby Face' Nelson and taking on the white supremacists of the Ku Klux Klan.

However, with his successes came controversy, including the introduction of intrusive investigative methods and a secluded private life that went against much of his public persona. Both enigmatic and straight-shooting, for good or ill he made the FBI what it is today.

With Academy favourite Clint Eastwood at the helm, a luminescent lead in DiCaprio, and Oscar-winning writer Dustin Lance Black penning the screenplay, this has all the ingredients to be an awards juggernaut. An unfortunate lack of focus in the depiction lets the feature down somewhat, but this can be overlooked thanks to a powerful turn from DiCaprio, plus the usual impeccable production design and shooting audiences have come to expect from his director.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 150 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2011

3/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for Leonardo DiCaprioLeonardo DiCaprio...J. Edgar Hoover
Image for Josh HamiltonJosh Hamilton...Robert Irwin
Geoffrey Pierson...Mitchell Palmer
Cheryl Lawson...Palmer's Wife
Kaitlyn Dever...Palmer's Daughter
Brady Matthews...Inspector
Gunner Wright...Dwight Eisenhower
David A. Cooper...Franklin Roosevelt
Ed Westwick...Agent Smith
Image for Naomi WattsNaomi Watts...Helen Gandy
Kelly Lester...Head Secretary
Jack Donner...Edgar's Father
Image for Judi DenchJudi Dench...Annie Hoover
Dylan Burns...Hoover as a Child
Jordan Bridges...Labor Dept. Lawyer