J. Edgar

The plot:

A film about one of the most controversial men in history.  It is rumored that John Edgar Hoover had incriminating information on the very rich and famous as well as various business and political figures making him at one point, more powerful than the president of the United States of America.  While still a very young, J. Edgar was given control of the Bureau of Investigation which eventually became the FBI.  Arguably, the greatest and most sophisticated law enforcement agencies in the world.  This is his life story and climb to power.


Directed by Clint Eastwood.  Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, Robin Williams, Josh Lucas, Dermot Mulroney, Naomi Watts and Judi Dench.


My favorite line?

J. Edgar Hoover played by Leonardo DiCaprio

“When morals decline and good men do nothing, evil flourishes.  Every citizen has a duty to learn of this that threatens his home, his children.  A society uninterested and unwilling to learn from the past is doomed.  We must never forget our history.  We must never lower our guard.  Even today, there are organizations that have America as their prime target.  They would destroy the safety and the happiness of every individual and thrust us into a condition of lawlessness.  Immorality that passes the imagination.”


The actual facts:

The movie sticks to the facts quite remarkably except that J. Edgar Hoover never dictated his life story to a young agent.


Why it makes me think, “Damn, got to get moving!”

I find it invigorating the power and control Hoover had.  Imagine the good one could do?  There are plenty of different opinions about the man but the facts are undeniable.  He built the FBI and defended the US for nearly 50 years.  I think he deserves hero status.  And that somehow gets me going to achieve great things as well.


How many times have I watched it?



J. Edgar Hoover

J. Edgar Hoover


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