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Washington: Behind Closed Doors 

The story of a power-hungry U.S. President, and the men, with whom he surrounds himself, in order to keep his hold on power. Based on John Ehrlichman's book about the Nixon administration.


David W. Rintels

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 8 nominations. See more awards »




Series cast summary:
Cliff Robertson ...  William Martin 6 episodes, 1977
Jason Robards ...  President Richard Monckton 6 episodes, 1977
Stefanie Powers ...  Sally Whalen 6 episodes, 1977
Robert Vaughn ...  Frank Flaherty 6 episodes, 1977
Lois Nettleton ...  Linda Martin 6 episodes, 1977
Barry Nelson ...  Bob Bailey 6 episodes, 1977
Harold Gould ...  Carl Tessler 6 episodes, 1977
Tony Bill ...  Adam Gardiner 6 episodes, 1977
Andy Griffith ...  Esker Scott Anderson 6 episodes, 1977
John Houseman ...  Myron Dunn 6 episodes, 1977
David Selby ...  Roger Castle 6 episodes, 1977
Meg Foster ...  Jennie Jamison 6 episodes, 1977
Peter Coffield Peter Coffield ...  Eli McGinn 6 episodes, 1977
Frances Lee McCain ...  Paula Stoner Gardiner 6 episodes, 1977
Barry Primus ...  Joe Wisnovsky 6 episodes, 1977
Diana Ewing ...  Kathy Ferris 6 episodes, 1977
Lara Parker ...  Wanda Elliott 6 episodes, 1977
John Lehne John Lehne ...  Tucker Tallford 6 episodes, 1977
Alan Oppenheimer ...  Simon Cappell 6 episodes, 1977
Nicholas Pryor ...  Hank Ferris 6 episodes, 1977
Frank Marth ...  Lawrence Allison 5 episodes, 1977
Thayer David ...  Elmer Morse 4 episodes, 1977
George Gaynes ...  Brewster Perry 4 episodes, 1977
Phillip R. Allen Phillip R. Allen ...  Walter Tulloch 4 episodes, 1977
Joseph Hacker ...  Jimmy Bird 4 episodes, 1977
June Dayton ...  Mrs. Monckton 4 episodes, 1977
Jean Howell Jean Howell ...  Dorothy Kemp 4 episodes, 1977
Linden Chiles ...  Jack Atherton 3 episodes, 1977
Skip Homeier ...  Lars Haglund 3 episodes, 1977
Borah Silver Borah Silver ...  Burt Saraceni 3 episodes, 1977
John Randolph ...  Bennett Lowman 2 episodes, 1977
Joseph Sirola ...  Ozymandias 2 episodes, 1977
Madison Arnold Madison Arnold ...  Harvey Bass 2 episodes, 1977
James Ray James Ray ...  Al Donnally / ... 2 episodes, 1977
Richard Gates Richard Gates ...  Bernie Tibbetts / ... 2 episodes, 1977
Bonnie Bartlett ...  Joan Bailey / ... 2 episodes, 1977


The story of a power-hungry U.S. President, and the men, with whom he surrounds himself, in order to keep his hold on power. Based on John Ehrlichman's book about the Nixon administration.

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Release Date:

6 September 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Washington - Hinter verschlossenen Türen See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robert Vaughn won an Emmy for playing Frank Flaherty. In his acceptance speech, he thanked Director Gary Nelson for directing twelve and a half hours of television "by himself". See more »


Referenced in Escape to Athena: Cast and Crew Interviews (1978) See more »


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Excellent Watergate-style dramatization
23 July 1999 | by RosabelSee all my reviews

Though just a teenager when I saw this mini-series, I still remember how gripping the drama was. Considering how soon after Watergate it was made, Jason Robarts gave a surprisingly nuanced performance as the president brought down by corruption and dirty tricks. He was bad, but the master criminal was the Haldeman/Ehrlichman character played by Robert Vaughn, whose power increases the more he manages to isolate the president. I felt a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach when the president's long-time secretary is pushed aside and Vaughn stands in the doorway, icily refusing her access. His Emmy for this performance was well deserved. The spreading corruption in the White House is fascinating, with stronger characters struggling to break free and weaker ones sinking into panicky treachery. A masterful political drama, and one that should be on video.

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