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The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover (1977)

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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Larry Cohen

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Larry Cohen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Broderick Crawford ... J. Edgar Hoover
James Wainwright ... Young Hoover
Michael Parks ... Robert F. Kennedy
José Ferrer ... Lionel McCoy
Celeste Holm ... Florence Hollister
Rip Torn ... Dwight Webb
Dan Dailey ... Clyde Tolson
Ronee Blakley ... Carrie DeWitt (as Roneé Blakley)
Howard Da Silva ... Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt
John Marley ... Dave Hindley
Michael Sacks ... Melvin Purvis
Raymond St. Jacques ... Martin Luther King
June Havoc ... Hoover's Mother
Lloyd Nolan ... Attorney General Harlan Stone
Andrew Duggan ... Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson
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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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The files that escaped the shredder have become an incredible motion picture. From the Kennedys to Martin Luther King. From cab drivers to Congressmen. From housewives to hostesses. He had something on 58 million people. It was all in his files. Now you can see how he used it.

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

F.B.I. Arquivo Secreto See more »

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Production Co:

Larco Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono
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Trivia

Larry Cohen cast Lloyd Nolan because of Nolan's work in such films about the FBI as 'G' Men (1935), The House on 92nd Street (1945) and The Street with No Name (1948), noting that he couldn't imagine making an FBI film without him. See more »

Quotes

Lionel McCoy: [sarcastically] Give my regards to the Wizard of Oz!
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A Solid Attempt
11 August 2017 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

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.

Writer-director Larry Cohen considers this his best film, and if nothing else, it certainly is ambitious. There are flaws. For one, it is more a summary of history than any real biopic, and has little meat. To tell this story properly, another hour would have had to be added -- if the viewer does not already know the history, much of this might be confusing.

We also get some strange impressions of the presidents. Franklin Roosevelt, in particular, seems pretty bizarre. But shortcomings aside, this is something of a definitive film about Hoover. If nothing else, all other films since had to either borrow or refute the topics covered.


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