Mobster and hit man Jimmy Conlon has one night to figure out where his loyalties lie: with his estranged son, Mike, whose life is in danger, or his longtime best friend, mob boss Shawn Maguire, who wants Mike to pay for the death of his own son.
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 »
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 »
The White House is packing all its crimes in separate little boxes. Watergate, the spying, the ugliness, the rot. Each thing in a different box so that no one can put it together, so that no one sees it's all connected. And no one will care, but it's all the same big thing.
And Watergate? Just the gateway.
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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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