Film Overview

J. Edgar Introduction

I hereby pledge on my honor that I have neither given nor received unauthorized help on this work. -Margaret Jones

J. Edgar, a 2011 film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood, portrays the life of J. Edgar Hoover and his role in shaping the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The film takes the viewer through Hoover’s career and his impact in the nation’s federal law enforcement agency. This film and the professional life of J. Edgar Hoover is essential in comprehending the transformation of the FBI as well as a shifting US culture and stance towards crime and radicalism.


J. Edgar Hoover: Leonardo DiCaprio

Clyde Tolson: Armie Hammer

Annie Hoover: Judi Dench

Helen Gandy: Naomi Watts