The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover

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Released 1977

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Director:
Larry Cohen
Released:
1977
Rating:
PG
The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover is the 1977 drama biopic written and directed by the prolific Larry Cohen (Q, the Winged Serpent, It's Alive, Maniac Cop, Phone Booth). The film chronicles the behind the scenes story of America's Top Cop J. Edger Hoover played by both, as a young man, James Waingwright (Joe Kid, The Survivors, Battletruck) and, as the J Edger Hoover that we all got to know over the years, Broderick Crawford (Born Yesterday, All the King's Men). The story of the FBI Chief is told to the viewer intermittently throughout the film by one of his former agents Dwight Webb, (Rip Torn, Men in Black). It was Agent Webb who after seeing the things he pulled over the years finally realized what a danger Hoover was to the Constitution of the United States that he in fact was sworn to uphold. Getting the dirt on anyone he felt to be a danger to his reign as FBI Chief, Hoover was able to survive eight presidential administrations both Republican and Democratic and die in bed with his legacy fully assured as one of the, if not the, greatest American lawmen of all times.moreless
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    Drama

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    Politics, Biography