1972. Following the death of fifty year FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover who the last three Presidents had considered firing, FBI outsider L. Patrick Gray is appointed Acting Director. Associate Director Mark Felt, a dedicated, loyal and meticulous employee of the Bureau for thirty years, and his wife Audrey, feel he being passed over for the job is a major snub, they who have sacrificed their own personal lives for the Bureau. Part of that sacrifice is not being able to devote time in locating the Felts' daughter, Joan Felt, who they have not heard from in a year, they only assuming that she going off their radar being on her own volition in her anti-establishment ideals. Felt not getting the job is arguably due to he being such an integral figure in the controversial Hoover tenure. One of the first cases for the Bureau in Gray's tenure is a break-in at and bugging of the Democratic National Committee offices, the case unofficially called Watergate for the complex in which the break-in ...Written by
This is the first feature film where Mark Felt is officially named as Deep Throat. However, beforehand when All the President's Men (1976) was being made, Bob Woodward had successfully recommended to Alan J. Pakula that Hal Holbrook should have the part, with his reasoning being that he bore a strong resemblance to Felt (though he did not mention Felt's name). See more »
Two days after the break-in when agents in the DC field office are reading the front of the Washington Post, the date on the newspaper is wrong. It should be 19 June, not 20. See more »
We're lost in detail.
That's their plan. They want everyone confused. Confusion is control. The truth could ruin the administration.
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I love spy movies, the realist ones, not the adventure ones (like James Bond, for instance). These are usually slow paced, but interesting. "Mark Felt" is slow paced (some may say too slow), but boring, insipid. In the first minutes of the film one already realizes who Mark Felt is and what implication he had in the Watergate case, thereafter, the obvious.
"Mark Felt" lacks the charm that usually characterizes this kind of films, at least, the best ones.
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