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Watergate Plus 30: Shadow of History (2003)

TV-PG | | Documentary, Crime, History | TV Movie
A look back, from 30 years later, at the Watergate break-in and the fall of Richard Nixon's presidency.



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Charles Colson ...
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Archibald Cox ...
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Sam Dash ...
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Leonard Garment ...
Alexander Haig ...
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This documentary reviews the events and outcomes of what has simply been known as Watergate. On June 17, 1972 a group of burglars were arrested trying to bug the telephones at the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee in the Watergate office complex. For over two years, the story of the Watergate break-in and the ensuing cover up dominated U.S. political life. It eventually led to the resignation of Richard Nixon, 37th President of the United States in August 1974 when recorded conversations revealed that he had been less than honest with the public and had been an active participant in the cover-up. Written by garykmcd

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Fascinating documentary!
2 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

Once again, PBS does it again. This time showing Watergate in 20/20 hindsight, reminding those who still care on how corrupt the Nixon Whitehouse really was. Even though I knew most of the story this documentary doesn't disappoint, it simply filled in all the gaps. Once again, excellent narration by Will Lyman along with historical footage, both still and video. The most stirring video highlight is watching Erlichman sweat under Congressional testimony, even today he looks like such a despicable villain. Bill Bradley of the Washington Post says it best "The Watergate story had this town by the throat!". This documentary is for anyone interested in how the whole scandal unfolded. Watch how all these strange characters with shocking access to the powers of the president (to include Nixon of course) describe their role in the cover-up. Finally, PBS uncovers a secret at the end (Sorry, not who Deepthroat was/is) that is almost anti-climatical but interesting nonetheless. I give this doc a FIVE STAR rating! PS: John Dean, if you're out there. I believe your statement at the end of this documentary is wrong but you know more than me.

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