Produced by Imagine Entertainment and Malpaso Productions
Directed by Clint Eastwood Written by Dustin Lance Black
Distributed by Warner Bros. Entertainment
Director Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar opens with the June 2, 1919, bomb attack on the Washington, D.C., home of Atty. Gen. Alexander Mitchell Palmer. As Palmer and his wife come dazedly out of their destroyed house to answer questions asked by gathering policemen, a young man in a cap and knickers shows up and begins to pick through the debris. He becomes especially interested in dozens of scattered leaflets entitled Plain Words, the publication of the Galleanist anarchist movement that was seeking to strike fear into the ruling class.
The young man is 24-year-old J. Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio), recently graduated from George Washington University’s law school and working for Palmer’s Department of Justice. He’s about to learn that the bomb that exploded on Palmer’s porch was one of eight that went off simultaneously in separate American cities that night. The attacks weren’t very successful: Only two people died, including the D.C. bomber hoist with his own petard. They did succeed, however, in radicalizing Hoover and many other Americans. The general public clamored for...