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 »
Probably better to watch if you already know the scandal
I just wasn't feeling it to be honest, Liam Neeson was obviously faultless and everything was in the films favour, acting production but it was just a bit dull really.... Not being an American but having 'some' knowledge and interest in the Watergate scandal I kept watching it just for the knowledge really, but even then it felt like it came up short.... I feel like maybe I am doing the film an injustice by not being American, maybe I would have appreciated it more if I was and had a better background of the scandal itself, therefore I could appreciate the man more.
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