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The Curse of Edgar (2013)

La malédiction d'Edgar (original title)
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Based on the bestselling novel by Marc Dugain, this original docudrama weaves unique archival footage within a fictional story and sheds a new light on J. Edgar Hoover. This film reveals ... See full summary »


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Marc Dugain
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Complete credited cast:
Brian Cox ... J. Edgar Hoover
Anthony Higgins ... Clyde Tolson
Finlay Robertson ... Robert F. Kennedy
Michael J. Reynolds ... Joe Kennedy
Keith Hill Keith Hill ... Psychoanalyst (as Keith Paice Hill)
Dorin Andone Dorin Andone ... Meyer Lansky
Marioara Sterian Marioara Sterian ... Miss Gandy (as Mariora Sterian)
Robert Marshall Robert Marshall ... Agent Norman
Phanzu Bizou Phanzu Bizou ... The Maid
Ken Carter Ken Carter ... FBI Janitor


Based on the bestselling novel by Marc Dugain, this original docudrama weaves unique archival footage within a fictional story and sheds a new light on J. Edgar Hoover. This film reveals the FBI director's battle to retain power from the Kennedy clan. From 1960 and 1963, two ideals of America come face to face and two sets of morals clash. Clyde Tolson, Hoover's right-hand man and secret lover, is the last survivor of this psychological drama. He recounts this intense political period when America's destiny has never been as dependent on one of the most powerful and mysterious figures of the time. Written by Anonymous

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English | French

Release Date:

28 October 2013 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Fluch des Edgar Hoover See more »

Filming Locations:

Bucharest, Romania See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Planète, Program 33 See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Tony (Corlan) Higgins and Brian Cox appeared as young actors together at Birmingham Rep in 1967. Romeo and Juliet, and Othello. Michael Gambon was also in the company. See more »


Featured in Universum History: Der Fluch des FBI (2013) See more »

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Unexpectedly interesting and enjoyable
17 August 2014 | by marcusactSee all my reviews

I unexpectedly enjoyed this movie – a mix of archival clips and dramatized scenes. It is about J Edgar Hoover, the long serving and legendary FBI boss in the USA. The film weaves a speculative mix of fact and 'fiction' around the times of the Kennedys in power in the White House – Jack as president and his brother Bob as Attorney General – both to die by the end of the decade. The core of the film is J Edgar Hoover's relationship with the Kennedys within the rich context of what was happening politically at the time. It also depicts, Hoover's relationship with his deputy, Clyde Tolson (and secret lover apparently)as a secondary theme. Tolson acts as narrator in the tale. He presents as an ill man and possibly bitter man always at the behest of Hoover and in his shadow.

It sustained my interest throughout – no doubt due to powerfully performances by Brian Cox as Hoover and the multi-layered political reality he operated in. It is an imagined work based on known facts, but not all realities presented can be assumed to be true even if woven together in a believable tale. It triggered my interest to know more and check some facts, although some will never be known. Not all scenes were convincing, for example Hoover with his psychoanalyst did not ring true, but may have been needed as a literary device. The actor playing Bob Kennedy was less than satisfy, but these are minor points.

The content will provide a happy hunting ground for those inclined to view the world through a lens of conspiracies. Some conspiracies may have a basis in truth!

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