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||IMDB Rating: 6.4/10 from 393 votes
||Release: December 1977 (USA) /
||Genre: Biography, Drama
||Director: Larry Cohen,
||Stars: Andrew Duggan, Broderick Crawford, Celeste Holm, Dan Dailey, Howard Da Silva, James Wainwright, John Marley, José Ferrer, June Havoc, Lloyd Nolan, Michael Parks, Michael Sacks, Raymond St. Jacques, Rip Torn, Ronee Blakley
||Synopsis: The story of the late J. Edgar Hoover, who was head of the FBI from 1924-1972. The film follows Hoover from his racket-busting days through his reign under eight U.S. presidents.
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In a well-crafted semi-documentary style, this film traces the career of
John Edgar Hoover across the 48 years of his directorship of the FBI. The
drama is interlarded with genuine news footage of key events, and as a whole
the movie works well as a hybrid of fact and fiction.
Broderick Crawford gives the performance of a lifetime as the
pugnacious, jowly control freak with a vulnerable core. The essential
contradictions of the man are cleverly exposed: the 'top cop' who never
really was a policeman does not scruple to violate the constitution when it
suits him, and the priggish crusader against moral laxity gets his quirky
thrills listening to wiretaps of sexual liaisons.
The casting is inspired. Quite apart from the marvellous Crawford,
several Hollywood veterans turn in first-class performances - Dan Dailey is
Hoover's sidekick Tolson, Jose Ferrer is the cynical McCoy, and Lloyd Nolan
is impressive as the Attorney-General. Among the younger actors, William
Jordan is convincing as John Kennedy, and Michael Parks' Robert
captures the vocal inflexions of the real man admirably: it is just a shame
that the 'look' isn't quite right. Bobby was nothing if not clean-cut and
athletic, and Parks plays him as a slightly dishevelled, shambling
Larry Cohen wrote, directed and produced the film, and his enthusiasm
for the project occasionally leads him into error. Hoover is given too much
credit (or blame) for the unravelling of Watergate. Where the film scores
highly is in its depiction of the power struggle between the young
intellectual Robert Kennedy and the declining but still formidable Hoover.
The movie is also spot-on in showing how Hoover clung to office long after
he had anything left to contribute. The politicians left him undisturbed
because they feared him.
Of the presidents and attorneys-general portrayed in the film, Nixon
alone fails to emerge from the shadows. This can no doubt be explained by
the fact that he was still alive in 1977: all the others were in their
graves: dead men don't sue.
There must have been a real temptation, when putting this film
together, simply to trash Hoover as an unbalanced megalomaniac. Wisely,
Cohen resists that pull, and shows his subject as a psychologically-deformed
man who nevertheless believed that he was holding his country together and
devoted his life to the cause.
Hoover comes across as a cruel self-publicist, but also as a lonely man
racked with hang-ups and inhibitions. He had no private life worth speaking
of. He never married and was unwilling (or unable) to retire to a life of
leisure. At one point in the film, his G-men describe him as a priest. And
so he was - if you consider the guardianship of a nation's dirty linen to be
a holy office.
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, Broderick Crawford
, Celeste Holm
, Dan Dailey
, Howard Da Silva
, James Wainwright
, John Marley
, José Ferrer
, June Havoc
, Lloyd Nolan
, Michael Parks
, Michael Sacks
, Raymond St. Jacques
, Rip Torn
, Ronee Blakley
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