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J. Edgar Details


Acclaimed actor Leonardo DiCaprio stars in Academy Award-winning director Clint Eastwood's richly detailed biopic exploring the life and career of controversial FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. For nearly 50 years, Hoover (DiCaprio) fought crime as one of the most powerful law enforcers in America. During Hoover's extended stint as Director of the FBI, however, his penchant for bending the law in the name of seeking justice and using the secrets of high profile leaders to gain personal leverage won him just as many supporters as detractors. Little did many other than his loyal colleague Clyde Tolson (Armie Hammer) and faithful secretary Helen Gandy (Naomi Watts) know, however, that Hoover himself was a man with many secrets to hide. Josh Lucas, Judi Dench, and Stephen Root co-star in film written by Oscar-winning Milk scribe Dustin Lance Black. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:November 9, 2011


Awarded by
Screen Actors Guild Leonardo DiCaprio Best Actor 2011 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Leonardo DiCaprio Best Actor in a Drama 2011 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Leonardo DiCaprio Best Actor 2011 Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Armie Hammer Best Supporting Actor 2011 Nominee


Leonardo DiCaprio
as J. Edgar Hoover
Naomi Watts
as Helen Gandy
Armie Hammer
as Clyde Tolson
Josh Lucas
as Charles Lindbergh
Judi Dench
as Annie Hoover
Ed Westwick
as Agent Smith
Damon Herriman
as Bruno Hauptmann
Stephen Root
as Arthur Koehler
Jeffrey Donovan
as Robert Kennedy
Ken Howard
as Harlan Fiske Stone
Josh Hamilton
as Robert Irwin
Geoffrey Pierson
as Mitchell Palmer
Cheryl Lawson
as Palmer's Wife
Brady Matthews
as Inspector
Jack Donner
as Edgar's Father
Jordan Bridges
as Labor Dept. Lawyer
Jack Axelrod
as Caminetti
Jessica Hecht
as Emma Goldman
Josh Stamberg
as Agent Stokes
Christian Clemenson
as Inspector Schell
Michael Rady
as Agent Jones
Geoff Stults
as Raymond Caffrey
Allen Nabors
as Agent Appel
Ryan McPartlin
as Lawrence Richey
Joseph Culliton
as Credit Director
Mike Vaughn
as Balding Agent
Miles Fisher
as Agent Garrison
F. Stephen Schmidt
as NJ Officer
Dermot Mulroney
as Colonel Schwarzkopf
Zach Grenier
as John Condon
Johnny Cicco
as Young Agent
Lea Coco
as Agent Sisk
Ernest Harden Jr.
as Hoover's Driver
Roberta Bassin
as Roosevelt's Secretary
Steve Monroe
as Restaurant Host
Sean Murphy
as Truck Driver
Gary Werntz
as Attorney General
David Clennon
as Senator Friendly
Michael O'Neill
as Senator McKellar
Manu Intiraymi
as Alvin Karpis
Emily Alyn Lind
as Shirley Temple
Kyle Eastwood
as Stork Club Band
Michael Gladis
as Stork Club Owner
Lea Thompson
as Lela Rogers
Amanda Schull
as Anita Colby
Greg Hoyt
as Agent One
Gerald Downey
as FBI Agent
Tommy Christensen
as Theatre Cashier
Chris Caputo
as Bronx Baker
Austin Basis
as Bank Teller
Adam Driver
as Walter Lyle
Eric Matheny
as Doctor
Aaron Lazar
as Prosecutor Wilentz
Christopher Shyer
as Richard Nixon
Maxine Weldon
as Hoover's Maid
Mark Thomason
as Nixon Aide


Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
Brian Grazer
Ron Lorenz
Dustin Lance Black
Tom Stern
Clint Eastwood
Composer (Music Score)
Ashley Irwin
Musical Direction/Supervision
Joel Cox
Gary D. Roach
James Murakami
Production Designer
Patrick M. Sullivan, Jr.
Supervising Art Director
Greg Berry
Art Director
Erica Huggins
Executive Producer
Gary Fettis
Set Decorator
Deborah Hopper
Costume Designer
Fiona Weir
Jose Antonio Garcia
Sound Mixer
Terry Anderson
Assistant Costume Designer
Bryan Watkins
Sound Effects Editor
Bub Asman
Supervising Sound Editor
Buddy Van Horn
Stunts Coordinator
Carol O'Connell
Department Head Hair
Blu Murray
Assistant Editor
Mike Sexton
Properties Master
Geoff Hancock
Visual Effects Supervisor
Gregg Rudloff
Re-Recording Mixer
Duncan Jarman
Duncan Jarman
Prosthetic Makeup Effects
Deborah Cha Blevins
Costumes Supervisor
Jay Wejebe
Paula Case
Second Assistant Director
Roger Lifsey
Special Effects Foreman
John Reitz
Re-Recording Mixer
Ante Dugandzic
Special Effects Technician
Ollie Rankin
Visual Effects Supervisor
Patricia Dehaney
Hair Styles
Ashley Irwin
Stephanie Fowler
Tania McComas
Department Head Makeup
Terry Baliel
Hair Styles
Zoe Hay