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Title: J. Edgar

Production Company: Imagine Entertainment  
  Malpaso Productions  
Production Text:
Distribution Company: Warner Bros. Pictures (A TimeWarner Company)

Release Date: 2011
Premiere Information: Los Angeles and New York openings: 9 Nov 2011
Production Date: 7 Feb 2011 to 30 Mar 2011 [39 shooting days]
Duration (in mins): 137
PCA NO: 47075
MPAA Rating: R
Country: United States
Language: English

Physical Properties: Sd: Dolby® Digital; Datasat Digital Sound; SDDS Sony Dynamic Digital Sound in selected theatres
  col: Technicolor®
  b&w:
  Lenses/Prints: Filmed with Panavision® cameras and lenses; prints by Technicolor®

Producer: Clint Eastwood (Prod)
  Brian Grazer (Prod)
  Robert Lorenz (Prod)
  Tim Moore (Exec prod)
  Erica Huggins (Exec prod)
Director: Clint Eastwood (Dir)
  Tim Moore (Unit prod mgr)
  David M. Bernstein (1st asst dir)
  Paula Case (2d asst dir)
  Alison C. Rosa (Addl 2d asst dir, Washington DC unit)
  Kevin Michael O'Neil (2d 2d asst dir)
Writer: Dustin Lance Black (Wrt)
Photography: Tom Stern (Dir of photog)
  Stephen S. Campanelli (Cam/Steadicam op)
  Bill Coe (Cam 1st asst)
  Robert A. McMahan (Cam 2d asst)
  Trevor Carroll-Coe (Cam loader)
  Ross Dunkerley (Chief lighting tech)
  John Dallas Lacy (Asst chief lighting tech)
  John R. Priebe (Rigging gaffer)
  Iain O'Higgins (Rigging best boy)
  Charles Saldaña, III (Key grip)
  Douglas L. Wall (Best boy grip)
  Greg Brooks (Dolly grip)
  T. D. Scaringi (Rigging key grip)
  Steele Hunter (Rigging grip best boy)
  Keith Bernstein (Still photog)
  Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment, Inc. (Camera cranes & dollies by)
  Sequioia Illumination (Lighting equipment provided by)
Art Direction: James J. Murakami (Prod des)
  Patrick M. Sullivan, Jr. (Supv art dir)
  Greg Berry (Art dir)
  Carol Kiefer (Art dept coord)
  Karen Teneyck (Graphic des)
Film Editor: Joel Cox (Ed)
  Gary D. Roach (Ed)
  Blu Murray (Asst film ed)
  David S. Cox (Asst film ed)
  AVID Media Composer (Edited on the)
Set Decoration: Gary Fettis (Set dec)
  Mike Sexton (Prop master)
  Kevin Shaw (Asst prop master)
  Scott Guyson (Asst prop master)
  Michael John Schenk (Asst prop master)
  Michael A. Muscarella (Const coord)
  Joe Fama (Gen foreman)
  Chuck Eskridge (Standby painter)
  Lazar Samarzich (Greens coord)
  Robert B. Samarzich (Greens foreman)
  Joseph P. Benitez (Labor foreman)
  Jerrold F. Brooks (Propmaker foreman)
  Mike Webster (Plaster foreman)
  Scott Bobbitt (Leadperson)
  Jeffrey Kushon (Buyer)
  Leslie Carol Warren (Set dresser)
  Richard Andrade (Set dresser)
  Jason Bedig (Set dresser)
  Larry Haney (Set dresser)
  Ty A. Jones (Set dresser)
  Greg Lynch (Set dresser)
  Mitchell Myers (Set dresser)
  Eric Ramirez (Set dresser)
  Skylar Schmidt (Set dresser)
  Robert Sica (Set dresser)
  Ronald Sica (Set dresser)
  Merdyce McClaran (On set dresser)
  Geoff Hubbard (Set des)
  David Moreau (Set des)
  Lauren Polizzi (Set des)
Costumes: Deborah Hopper (Cost des)
  Terry Anderson (Asst cost des)
  Deborah Cha Blevins (Cost supv)
  Cookie Lopez Fahey (Mr. DiCaprio's cost)
  Tangi Crawford (Key cost)
  Bob Iannaccone (Key cost)
  Corey C. Bronson (Set cost)
  Ann Culotta (Set cost)
  Antonio Almaraz (Cost)
  Amy Arnold (Cost)
  Matt Chase (Cost)
  Carmen Frost (Cost)
  Adrienne Greshock (Cost)
  Monica Haynes-Nino (Cost)
  Kim M. Holly (Cost)
  Marcy Rector (Cost)
Music: Clint Eastwood (Mus)
  Gennady Loktionov (Arr by)
  Ashley Irwin (Orch and cond by)
  Chris McGeary (Mus ed)
  Bobby Fernandez (Music scoring mixer)
Sound: Alan Robert Murray (Supv sd ed)
  Bub Asman (Supv sd ed)
  Jose Antonio Garcia (Sd mixer)
  Jonathan Lee-Ger Fuh (Boom op)
  Gail Carroll-Coe (Boom op)
  Katy Wood (Supv dial ed)
  Hugo Weng (Dial ed)
  David Bach (Supv ADR ed)
  Jason King (Sd eff ed)
  Bryan Watkins (Sd eff ed)
  Kevin R. W. Murray (Asst sd ed)
  Bill Cawley (Asst sd ed)
  Michael Dressel (Supv foley ed)
  F. Hudson Miller (Foley ed)
  Dan O'Connell (Foley artist)
  John Cucci (Foley artist)
  John Reitz (Re-rec mixer)
  Gregg Rudloff (Re-rec mixer)
  Ryan Murphy (Mix tech)
  Tony Pilkington (Re-rec eng)
  John Paul Fasal (Loc sd eff mixer)
  James Ashwill (Foley mixer)
  Richard Duarte (Foley mixer)
  Thomas J. O'Connell (ADR mixer)
Special Effects: Michael Owens (Visual eff supv)
  Steven Riley (Spec eff supv)
  Ryan Riley (Spec eff foreman)
  Roger Lifsey (Spec eff foreman)
  Ante Dugandzic (Spec eff tech)
  Ryan D. Compton (Spec eff tech)
  Liz Radley (Video & computer graphics supv)
  PJF Productions, Inc. (Titles by)
  Method Studios Vancouver (Visual eff and digital animation by)
  Ollie Rankin (Visual eff supv, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Geoffrey Hancock (Visual eff supv, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Fiona Foster (Visual eff prod, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Aaron Kramer (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Alexis Chapman (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Allan Lee (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Andrew Chang (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Curtis Tsai (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Daniel Jackson (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Darshan Mehta (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  David Aiken (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  David Cho (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Felix Dodd (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Heather Behl Cameron (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Ian Sorensen (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Jean Lapointe (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  John Cairns (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Jose Yapor (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Julian Green (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Karl Coyner (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Kay Cloud (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Kimberley Liptrap (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Kristin Dearholt (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Kuba Roth (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Laurel Montgomery (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Lisa Nolan (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Lorna Carmichael (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Marco Cantaluppi (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Michael Mulock (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Mike Borgstrom (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Mike Yip (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Min Hyun Cha (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Na Song (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Pau Rocher (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Paulo Welter (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Peter Hart (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Peter D. Hunt (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Peter Toufidis (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Roberto Gracia (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Sanghun Kwon (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Stephen James (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Tia Hoshizaki (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Tong Zhou (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Tristan Porter (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Veronica Marino (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Victor Barbosa (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Vincent Papix (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Viviana Palacios (Visual eff, Method Studios Vancouver)
  Lola Visual Effects (Visual eff by)
  Edson Williams (Visual eff, Lola Visual Effects)
  Thomas Nittmann (Visual eff, Lola Visual Effects)
  Max Leonard (Visual eff, Lola Visual Effects)
  Casey Allen (Visual eff, Lola Visual Effects)
  Scott Balkcom (Visual eff, Lola Visual Effects)
  Clark Parkhurst (Visual eff, Lola Visual Effects)
  Holli Alvarado (Visual eff, Lola Visual Effects)
  Trent Claus (Visual eff, Lola Visual Effects)
  Brian Hajek (Visual eff, Lola Visual Effects)
  Rob Olsson (Visual eff, Lola Visual Effects)
  Chris Ingersoll (Visual eff, Lola Visual Effects)
  Jeremiah Sweeney (Visual eff, Lola Visual Effects)
Make Up: Jack Taggart (Head ager/Dyer)
  Bren Cook (Ager/Dyer)
  Sian Grigg (Mr. DiCaprio's make-up artist and prosthetic effs)
  Duncan Jarman (Mr. DiCaprio's make-up artist and prosthetic effs)
  Tania McComas (Make-up dept head)
  Zoë Hay (Make-up artist)
  Stephanie Fowler (Make-up artist)
  Jay Wejebe (Make-up artist)
  Alessandro Bertolazzi (Ms. Watt's make-up artist)
  Carol A. O'Connell (Hair dept head)
  Patricia Dehaney (Hairstylist)
  Terry Baliel (Hairstylist)
  Kathryn L. Blondell (Mr. DiCaprio's hairstylist)
Production Misc: Fiona Weir (Casting)
  Dagmar Wittmer (Casting, Washington DC unit)
  Alice Searby (Casting assoc)
  Geoffrey Miclat (Casting assoc-New York)
  Jackie Sollitto (Casting asst)
  Tony Hobbs (Extras casting)
  Mable Lawson McCrary (Scr supv)
  Kristina Rivera (Asst to Mr. Eastwood)
  Jessica Meier (Asst to Mr. Lorenz)
  Danielle Zloto (Asst to Mr. Grazer)
  Tony X. Deale (Asst to Mr. Moore)
  Joey Slamon (Asst to Ms. Huggins)
  Holly Hagy (Supv prod coord)
  Austin Lapierre (Asst prod coord)
  May Tam (Prod coord, Washington DC unit)
  Chuck Webb (Set staff asst)
  Crystal Munson (Set staff asst)
  Rachel McDonald (Set staff asst)
  Jason Suhrke (Set staff asst)
  Jeff Hubbard (Set staff asst)
  Sean Yopchick (Set staff asst)
  Max Deleo (Set staff asst)
  Lucas Urgoiti (Prod secy)
  Kyle D. Crosby (Prod secy, Washington DC unit)
  Jason S. Gondek (Prod accountant)
  Kristin Gomez (1st asst prod accountant)
  Landon Trawny (Asst accountant)
  Beatriz Madrigal (Asst accountant)
  Krystine Karns (Asst accountant)
  Elizabeth Ridley Hagan (2d asst accountant, Washington DC unit)
  Patrick O. Mignano (Loc mgr)
  Michael James Masumoto (Key asst loc mgr)
  Neale Fishback (Key asst loc mgr)
  Kyle Oliver (Key asst loc mgr)
  Carol Flaisher (Asst loc mgr, Washington DC unit)
  Scott Nelson (FBI tech adv)
  Carla Meyer (Dialect coach to Mr. DiCaprio)
  Jason Irizarry (Security/Asst to Mr. DiCaprio)
  Jean-Louis Rodrigue (Mr. DiCaprio's movement specialist)
  Jill Remis (Asst to Mr. DiCaprio)
  Lauren Porcelli (Asst to Ms. Watts)
  Pat Jackson (Studio teacher)
  Larry L. Stelling (Transportation coord)
  Alana Weathers (Transportation capt)
  Dom Rodriguez (Transportation capt)
  Ronald B. Dinson (Picture car captain)
  Mark McSorley (Staff asst)
  Joe Mason (Staff asst)
  June Suepunpuck (Staff asst)
  Adee Serrao (Staff asst)
  Lily Fettis (Staff asst)
  Joe Rogan (Staff asst)
  Tony's Food Service (Caterer)
  Nancy James (Craft service)
  Brian K. Stuart (Craft service)
  Ferguson Reid M.D. (Set medic)
  Linda Stelling (Set medic)
Stand In: Buddy Van Horn (Stunt coord)
  Kevin Patrick Burke (Stunts)
  Jody Hart (Stunts)
  Dustin J. Meier (Stunts)
  René Paul Mousseux (Stunts)
  Christopher Tardieu (Stunts)
  Brian Avery (Stunts)
  Tim James (Stunts)
  Rick McCallum (Stunts)
  Brett Jones (Stunts)
  Justin Gant (Stunts)
  Matthew R. Anderson (Stunts)
  Thayr Harris (Stunts)
  Chuck Waters (Stunts)
  Dalton Simons (Stunts)
  Larry Holt (Stunts)
  J. Mark Donaldson (Stunts)
  Dennis Fitzgerald (Stunts)
  Jacob Chambers (Stunts)
Color Personnel: Technicolor  
  Jill Bogdanowicz (Digital intermediate colorist)
  Bob Peishel (Digital intermediate prod)
  Mark Sahagun (Digital intermediate ed)

Music Text: "Goldberg Variation No. 2," written by Johann Sebastian Bach, performed by Gennady Loktionov; "At Sundown," written by Walter Donaldson, performed by George Olsen and His Music, courtesy of RCA, by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing; "The Stars and Stripes Forever," written by John Philip Sousa, arranged by Lennie Niehaus.
Song Text: "My Blue Heaven," written by Walter Donaldson and George Whiting, performed by Gene Austin, courtesy of RCA, by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing; "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles," written by John Kellette, James Kendis, James Brockman and Nat Vincent; "Red Sails in the Sunset," written by James Kennedy and Hugh Williams, performed by Kyle Eastwood, Joe Bagg, Kye Palmer and Jason Harnell; "I Only Have Eyes for You," written by Harry Warren and Al Dubin, performed by Kyle Eastwood, Joe Bagg, Kye Palmer and Jason Harnell.
Source Text:
Music Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  James Brockman
  Walter Donaldson
  Al Dubin
  John Kellette
  James Kendis
  James Kennedy
  John Philip Sousa
  Nat Vincent
  Harry Warren
  George Whiting
  Hugh Williams

Cast:   Leonardo DiCaprio (J. Edgar Hoover)  
    Naomi Watts (Helen Gandy)  
    Judi Dench (Annie Hoover)  
    Armie Hammer (Clyde Tolson)  
    Josh Lucas (Charles Lindbergh)  
    Dermot Mulroney (Colonel Schwarzkopf)  
    Jeffrey Donovan (Robert Kennedy)  
    Denis O'Hare (Albert Osborne)  
    Stephen Root (Arthur Koehler)  
    Zach Grenier (John Condon)  
    Damon Herriman (Bruno Hauptmann)  
    Lea Thompson (Lela Rogers)  
    Ken Howard (Harlan Fiske Stone)  
    Josh Hamilton (Robert Irwin)  
    Jessica Hecht (Emma Goldman)  
    Geoff Pierson (Mitchell Palmer)  
    Michael O'Neill (Senator McKellar)  
    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)  
    Kelly Lester (Head secretary)  
    Jack Donner (Edgar's father)  
    Dylan Burns (Hoover as a child)  
    Jordan Bridges (Labor Dept. lawyer)  
    Jack Axelrod (Caminetti)  
    Josh Stamberg (Agent Stokes)  
    Michael James Faradie (Bureau agent [1919])  
    Christian Clemenson (Inspector Schell)  
    Billy Smith (Secret Service officer)  
    Michael Rady (Agent Jones)  
    Scot Carlisle (Agent Williams)  
    Geoff Stults (Raymond Caffrey)  
    Sadie Calvano (Edgar's niece)  
    Allen Nabors (Agent Appel)  
    Ryan McPartlin (Lawrence Richey)  
    William Bebow (Mr. Walters)  
    Joseph Culliton (Credit director)  
    Scott Johnston (Tailor)  
    Tom Archdeacon (Gangster)  
    Mike Vaughn (Balding agent)  
    Miles Fisher (Agent Garrison)  
    Stephen F. Schmidt (NJ officer)  
    Johnny Cicco (Young agent)  
    Kahil Dotay (Elmer Irey)  
    Lea Coco (Agent Sisk)  
    Scott C. Roe (Wiretap agent)  
    Ernest Harden, Jr. (Hoover's driver)  
    Roberta E. Bassin (Roosevelt's secretary)  
    Steve Monroe (Restaurant host)  
    Christopher Lee Philips (William)  
    Sean Murphy (Truck driver)  
    Gary Werntz (Attorney general)  
    David Clennon (Senator Friendly)  
    Eric Larkin (Fred Hunter)  
    Manu Intiraymi (Alvin Karpis)  
    Eric Frentzel (William Mahan)  
    Michael Klinger (Harry Brunette)  
    Evan Charest (Reporter)  
    Emily Alyn Lind (Shirley Temple)  
  Stork Club band Kyle Eastwood    
    Joe Bagg    
    Kye Palmer    
  [and] Jason Harnell    
    Michael Gladis (Stork Club owner)  
    Jamie Labarber (Ginger Rogers)  
    Amanda Schull (Anita Colby)  
    Craig Zucchero (Man at the counter)  
    Gregory Hoyt (Agent One)  
    Jeff Cockey (Agent Two)  
    Gerald Downey (FBI agent)  
    Brennan Coulter (Newspaper boy)  
    Jenny Phagan (Baker's wife)  
    Tom Christensen (Theatre cashier)  
    Chris Caputo (Bronx baker)  
    Austin Basis (Bank teller)  
    Adam Driver (Walter Lyle)  
    Shannon McClain (African American woman)  
    Justin Alston (African American man)  
    Eric Matheny (Doctor)  
    Ary Katz (Agent Owens)  
    Duncan Hood (Radio announcer)  
    Aaron Lazar (Prosecutor Wilentz)  
    Ernest Heinz (Jury foreman)  
    Teresa Hegji (Hauptmann's wife)  
    Thomas Langston (Young boy)  
    Robert Fleet (Edgar's mother's doctor)  
    Joe Keyes (Edgar's brother)  
    Christopher Shyer (Richard Nixon)  
    Maxine Weldon (Hoover's maid)  
    Larkin Campbell (H.R. Haldemann)  
    Mark Thomason (Nixon aide)  

Summary: After lecturing Robert Irwin about the evils of communism, an elderly J. Edgar Hoover begins dictating his memoirs to an agent from the Bureau's PR arm. Hoover's tale begins in 1919 when his first boss, Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer, and his family are almost killed by a bomb blast at their home. Palmer was the target of Bolsheviks and, while watching police officers carelessly destroy evidence at the scene, Hoover decides to dedicate his life to improving forensic investigation. Palmer recognizes Hoover's ambition and has the young up-and-comer create a new anti-radical division at the Department of Justice to fight the red menace. Hoover attempts to impress new DOJ secretary Helen Gandy. Taking her to the Library of Congress, he shows off the card catalog system he devised for the library. While Helen appears impressed with his accomplishment, she rebuffs his romantic gestures. So, rather than proposing marriage, Hoover asks Helen to become his personal secretary. A year into his new job, Hoover sets his sights on Emma Goldman, the ringleader of the radical Bolshevik movement. Having her hauled in front of a congressional panel, Goldman pleads the fifth regarding her anarchist agenda, for which she is promptly deported. Then, on a raid on a communist meetinghouse in Patterson, NJ, Hoover flaunts his authority by handing out firearms to federal agents who are prohibited from carrying guns. In the ensuing melee, 4,000 radicals are arrested and 500 are deported. However, due to the controversy over the carrying of guns, most of the agents and Palmer lose their jobs. The new Attorney General, Harlan Fiske Stone, impressed by Hoover's dedication, makes the young man the first Acting Director of the new Bureau of Investigation. One new recruit that Hoover is anxious to interview personally is Clyde Tolson, a promising law school graduate. At his first interview with Tolson, Hoover begins sweating profusely and berates the applicant for showing a lack of commitment to anything other than himself in his application. Still, the two men bond easily and Tolson is soon helping his new boss pick out his clothes at a men's store. Flashing forward to the 1930s, Hoover turns his sights from communists to gangsters. He is particularly annoyed by public opinion that romanticizes the outlaws' behavior. However, his public service message is booed by audiences who cheer the movie trailer for The Public Enemy . Then, when the baby of American hero Charles Lindbergh is kidnapped, Hoover and Tolson travel to the Lindberghs' New Jersey mansion to help with the investigation. However, they are instantly rebuffed by local authorities, who are horribly contaminating the evidence in Hoover's eyes. Returning to Washington, Hoover gives passionate testimony to Congress to make kidnapping a federal crime and to have fingerprints made by police be sent to a centralized file in Washington. On his own, Hoover also founds the agency's first science lab. After Hoover meets for the first time with Franklin D. Roosevelt, he shares with Tolson the good news that the newly elected president has given him the power to spy on suspected agitators without warrant. Hoover also promotes Tolson to Associate Director of the Bureau. Back in New Jersey, a man finds the skeleton of a baby just a few dozen yards from Lindbergh's home. The skeleton has had its skull bashed in, proving Hoover's theory that the kidnapper fell down the ladder the night of the kidnapping. Six weeks later, Congress makes kidnapping a federal crime and gives federal agents the power to carry guns. However, at another Congressional hearing, Senator McKellar grills Hoover over recent pop culture depictions of G-Men, such as comic books illustrating Hoover carrying a machine gun and arresting criminals. While Hoover claims that is an exaggeration, he immediately sets about making the legend match the man. After wielding his own gun while arresting a gangster, Hoover makes sure to give reporters the scoop on his feats of derring-do. Soon, the public's tastes have turned from applauding gangsters as the heroes of films to applauding federal agents. Riding home from the premiere of the movie G-Men in NYC, Hoover and Tolson hold hands in the back of their limousine. When the two men later go to a nightclub and two women make sexual advances toward Hoover, he rushes back to his hotel in embarrassment. As Hoover stammers and stutters trying to explain to his mother that he doesn't like to dance with women, she reminds him of a boy Hoover used to know who committed suicide after being accused of being a homosexual. Mrs. Hoover says she'd rather have a dead son than a queer one. Meanwhile, Hoover's real G-Men begin zeroing in on a German immigrant, Bruno Richard Hauptmann, who bought the material to build the ladder used in the Lindbergh kidnapping. At last, Hoover personally captures Hauptman and the immigrant is placed on trial. In the '60s, as Hoover is listening to an illicit wiretap recording of John F. Kennedy and his mistress making love, he receives the tragic news that the president has been shot in Dallas. Following the assassination, Hoover and Tolson go to a horse race. After watching a similar race when they're younger men, Hoover and Tolson relax in their hotel room until Hoover drops the bombshell that he's going to propose to actress Dorothy Lamour. Tolson smashes his cocktail glass against the fireplace and screams angrily. Hoover punches him in the face and their struggle escalates into an intense wrestling match that only ends when Tolson passionately kisses Hoover on the lips. Tolson leaves, no matter how much Hoover begs him to stay. Back in the '60s, Tolson has a stroke at the racetrack. While he recuperates, Hoover explains how he's going to threaten Martin Luther King, whom Hoover considers a communist agitator, with some embarrassing audiotapes, so that the civil rights leader will be forced to refuse his Nobel Peace Prize. In the meantime, another agent from the PR department arrives to continue with Hoover's memoir, picking up with the trial of Hauptmann. Forensic evidence from Hoover's science team makes up the bulk of the evidence against the German immigrant, who is found guilty and sentenced to death. In the '60s, Hoover is disappointed when, despite his best efforts to threaten him, Martin Luther King accepts his Nobel Peace Prize. At the office, Hoover is becoming progressively weaker. Feeling ill, he flashes back to the day his mother died peacefully in her own bed under the care of her doctor. Distraught, he tries on his mother's dress and jewelry, but curses at the image of himself in female attire in the mirror. Following Nixon's inauguration, Hoover worries that the new president will gut the bureau and crucify him personally. Helen dutifully vows to destroy all of Hoover's files should something terrible happen to him. At dinner with Tolson, Hoover reveals that instead of crucifying him, Nixon wants the FBI to expand its wiretapping operations to include reporters. Instead of being happy, Tolson suggests that Hoover retire, so that the FBI chief can exit a hero and not be kicked out in disgrace someday. He worries that Hoover's own self-invented mythology (another agent actually arrested Bruno Hauptmann) will some day catch up with him. Although annoyed by Tolson's words, Hoover reminisces about his original job interview with Tolson and of how he began to sweat when he realized that he would need to rely on Tolson for the rest of his life. Before leaving, Hoover gently kisses Tolson on the forehead. The next day, a presidential aide informs Nixon that Hoover has, in fact, died. Tolson visits Hoover's body, which still lies on the bedroom floor. Tolson pulls the bedspread off and covers his lover's body up. As Nixon gives a touching televised speech about Hoover's passing, White House agents raid the dead man's office for his files, but Helen has dutifully shredded everything. As a final remembrance, Tolson reads a love poem that reminds him of Hoover. 

 
Genre: Biography
 
Subject Major: Bolshevists and Bolshevism
  Charles A. Lindbergh
  Homosexuality
  J. Edgar Hoover
  United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation
 
Subject Minor: Bombings
  Emma Goldman
  Gangsters
  Intimidation
  Kidnapping
  Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.)
  Martin Luther King, Jr.
  Patterson (N.J.)
  Reputation
  Richard M. Nixon
  Robert F. Kennedy
  Secrets
  United States. Congress
  Unrequited love
  Washington (D.C.)
  Wire-tapping

Note:        In a dual interview with Addie Morfoot in a 9 Dec 2011 DV "Eye on the Oscars: Best Picture" item, Brian Grazer and Robert Lorenz talked about how the film came about. Grazer stated that, "I had been thinking about making a movie on Hoover for a year when I approached Dustin Lance Black [to write the screenplay]." In an article by Randee Dawn in the 15 Dec 2011 LAT it is stated that Black began work on the screenplay in 2008 and wrote "around five drafts" over a period of two years. The producers told Morfoot that Warner Bros. was "behind the film," but "wanted to make it at a smart price." Bringing Clint Eastwood into the project enabled the film to get made on a $35 million budget. "He shoots movies in the most efficient way possible. We actually came in under budget, and he shot it in 39 days."
       Borys Kit, in an 11 Mar 2011 HR story announced that Clint Eastwood was signed to direct, but noted that the film was "initially set up at Universal and did not currently have a studio affiliation, although it was speculated that the film would end up at Warner Bros., where Eastwood's Malpaso Productions was headquartered.
       Leonardo DiCaprio dropped his usual fee from $20 million to $2 million according to unnamed sources cited in the 11 Nov 2011 HR article. Some of the star's makeup sessions for scenes involving the aged J. Edgar Hoover required as many as six hours in the makeup chair.
       Although the film is set in Washington, DC, only a few scenes were shot on location in that city. The Library of Congress and the view from the balcony of J. Edgar Hoover's former office were among the few actual locations filmed, according to studio production notes in the files of the AMPAS library. According to the 11 Nov 2011 HR , the Library of Congress scenes were shot on 27 Mar 2011, the only day LOC would allow the company to shoot there. The courthouse in Warrenton, VA, served as the exterior of the New Jersey courthouse for scenes related to the Bruno Hauptmann trial, while interiors for this sequence were shot inside the old Orange County Courthouse at 211 W. Santa Ana Blvd. in Santa Ana, CA. Other Washington, DC area locations included The Plains, for the Lindbergh estate and Arlington, VA for some historic neighborhoods. However, most of the film was shot in and around Los Angeles. The hallway of the Department of Justice and several office sets were constructed on Stage 16 at Warner Bros. Stand-in Los Angeles locations included The Cicada Restaurant at 617 S. Olive Street, which doubled for New York's Stork Club; the Park Plaza Hotel at 607 South Park View Street, which served as the men's department of Garfinkel's department store and the U.S. Senate chambers; the Pico House at 430 North Main Street, which served as a Kansas City train station; the interior of The Smoke House Restaurant at 4420 West Lakeside Drive, Burbank, CA was also used.
       A 19 Oct 2011 article by Dave McNary in DV announced that the film would have its official world premiere at AFI Fest on 3 Nov 2011.
       Writing in the 21 Nov 2011 issue of Var , Andrew Stewart stated that Warner Bros. would be "sticking with its 'Mystic River' gameplan," opening the film mid-week at seven locations two days before expanding to 1,910 screens. Adding that J. Edgar added a few additional locations, expanding to 1,947 screens in its second weekend. The film had grossed $14.1 million as of 16 Nov 2011.
 

Source   Date   Page
Daily Variety   19 Oct 2011.   
Daily Variety   4 Nov 2011   p. 2, 42.
Daily Variety   9 Dec 2011.   
Hollywood Reporter   11 Mar 2011.   
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