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
Apparently much of Diane Lane's 'electric performance' was cut due to running time constraints. At a press conference director Peter Landesman and Liam Neeson both championed Lane's performance saying how devastated they all were (especially Lane herself) that so much of her superb performance was left on the cutting room floor. There were hints that these scenes may be included as 'deleted scenes' or as an 'extended cut' on the home video release of the film. See more »
On several occasions Liam Neeson pronounces words in a non-American fashion. Examples include anyone and everybody, where he pronounces the vowel in the second syllable "ih" rather than "ee"; and the converse for been, where he pronounces the vowel "ee" rather than the American "ih". See more »
This film tells the story of the deputy chief of the FBI, who is not given the promotion that he thought he would get. He then goes on to expose the biggest political scandal of all time.
It is interesting that this film does not concentrate on external events at all, so you don't get to see who the seven people who got arrested are, or what evidence the agents have uncovered. It only deals with what Mark Felt have seen or heard, so most of the film occurs in the office. Because of this, viewers who are unfamiliar with the Watergate scandal will have to read about it in advance in order to fully understand the plot. It is a thrilling story, especially the fact that Mark Felt must have endured enormous pressure during that time, and all the subsequent years of his life.
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