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
Two of the most famous figures in the exposure of the Watergate scandal, Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, are not at all important characters in this movie (Woodward, played by Julian Morris, appears only briefly, and Bernstein doesn't appear at all). Writer / director Peter Landesman told Time Magazine that this was a deliberate decision because he wanted to vary from the "prevailing Watergate narrative." Although Landesman did not mention this during his promotion of the film, his decision to omit any depiction of Bernstein may have also been influenced by the fact that Bernstein has in the past been notoriously difficult to deal with regarding his own portrayals in movies. In a March 2016 interview in Collider, Jacob Bernstein (a son of Carl Bernstein and Nora Ephron) said that the most challenging aspect of making Everything Is Copy, the 2015 documentary about Ephron, was the protracted negotiation with his own father about Bernstein's appearance in the film. And in that movie itself, Jacob Bernstein also says that his parents' divorce stretched on for years and was a great deal more complicated than most divorces in part because of his father's insistence on negotiating on the content of another movie, the film adaptation of Nora Ephron's roman a clef account of their breakup, Heartburn (in which Jack Nicholson played a thinly veiled version of Bernstein). See more »
Back in the early 70s, it was still quite common for people to wish one another a Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah and not the generic Happy Holidays that was said in the movie. People were not yet offended by the use of the actual holidays being mentioned as greetings. See more »
Mark Felt: The Man who Brought down the White House
The story of 'Deep Throat' who leaked Watergate secrets to the Washington Post and why.
Whilst this may not be as tense as 'All the President's Men' as it's focus is on a man on the inside rather than building a case from the outside, it is still enjoyable to witness the story of the World's most famous whistleblower.
Whilst a solid supporting cast is at work here, and the pace is well enough maintained, it is largely as good as it is, because of the performance and presence of Liam Neeson as the titular Felt.
Not sure the clunky title didn't contribute to this flopping.
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