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
Although Attorney General Richard Kleindienst is portrayed in this film by Darryl Cox, the actual Richard Kleindienst can be seen at around 47 and a half minutes into the film. He is being interviewed by Dick Cavett on a TV broadcast Mark Felt is watching. See more »
During one of the drive-around scenes in the DC area, the car passes by the World War II Veterans Memorial, which did not exist in the time frame of the movie. See more »
Liam Neeson stars in the title role about America's most famous whistle blower in "Mark Felt:The Man Who Brought Down the White House". He co-stars with Diane Lane, Josh Lucas, and Tony Goldwyn in this film that tells the story about Felt from his participation in the Watergate Scandal that led to the resignation of Richard Nixon as President of the United States. He was famously identified as "Deep Throat" by the Washington Post reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward.
The film overall was a good one. Neeson provided a great performance as Felt. Other members of the cast particularly Lane deserves credit as well. Too bad that the film basically becomes just a companion piece to other films about the Watergate scandal such as more superior 1976 film,"All The President's Men". Added to that,the viewer must also have good knowledge about Watergate to deeply appreciate this film. Most of the screenplay involves talking and conversation about the scandal. Without a lot of knowledge, this film would be confusing to the viewer. Just as the famous line stated by Felt on this film,"Confusion is control" in the sense that one would not know what is truly going on in the film and the impact of Felt's whistle blowing. Without a lot of knowledge about the Watergate, the viewer will be disappointed with it. In that regard,I feel that America's most famous whistle blower deserves a better film wherein the events of the Watergate scandal has been fully explained particularly for viewers who have limited knowledge about it.
But overall,I still consider this a good but not a great film especially for viewers who have knowledge about Watergate.
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