|Hoover arresting Bruno Hauptmann, the kidnapper of the Lindbergh baby|
The movie is framed by 1960s Hoover telling his life story to a series of FBI ghostwriters. It's an old screenwriting tool, but it was inobtrusive.
(NOTE: The framing device reminded me immediately Attenborough's CHAPLIN biopic. NOTE: While this isn't covered in the movie, Hoover had Chaplin de facto deported from the US in 1952. Read more here.)
The movie shifts regularly between Hoover's 1930s heyday and the 1960s. What was amazing and clever about it was how organic and non-confusing these shifts were. Obviously, the makeup and costumes made it obvious when we were shifting time periods, but these shifts always felt natural to the storytelling. Dustin Lance Black's screenplay may be the strongest part of the movie.
O'Brother Where Art Thou? was a trailblazer-- but I worry that the desaturated look will become a cliche'd trademark of this era. I suspect, 30 years from now, while watching Minority Report or Traffic, future moviegoers will say "Oh, this must be from the Aughts! Look at how de-colorized it is!"
- Jeffrey Donovan (from BURN NOTICE) played RFK. Did you know he's from Amesbury, MA?
- Zach Grenier
- Jessica Hecht
- Ken Howard
- Josh Lucas as Charles Lindbergh
- Dermot Mulroney
- Stephen Root
- Lea Thompson
- Damon Herriman looks EXACTLY like Bruno Hauptmann, the man who kidnapped the Lindbergh baby.
- Christopher Shyer doesn't look like Nixon, but he got the cursing just right.
- Even Ed Westwick from Gossip Girl was in it!
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio
- Shutter Island
- The Departed
- The Aviator
- Catch Me If You Can
- Gangs of New York
- The Basketball Diaries
- The Quick & The Dead