Mark Felt

Mark Felt

The Man Who Brought Down the White House

DVD - 2017
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The story of Mark Felt, who under the name Deep Throat helped journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the Watergate scandal in 1972.
Publisher: [United States] :, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,, 2017
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE MAR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (102 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
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PrairieStar
Nov 15, 2019

This is a great movie, a lot of information was gleaned from Mark Felt "Deep Throat" himself. It really shows why we need to have three branches of government and an occasional whistleblower when the system is being manipulated. Nixon's administration almost made this important Watergate Investigation disappear.

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Nooksack20
Oct 22, 2019

Good story of the demise of President Richard Nixon.

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INVS
Oct 11, 2019

3 1/2 stars. I lived through this miserable chain of events I never truly understood the intricacies. I'd agree that the other film 'All the President's Men' was superior in production, it took this one to clarify events for me. Thankfully a few good men will stand up for these truths even if it destroys their careers/lives. High crimes = greed and self-aggrandizement.

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bdehler
Jul 06, 2019

Great movie... shows the difference between Nixon people trying to break into the Democratic offices at Watergate to gain campaign information. With TRUMP, you had Democrats use a paid for fake Dosier on Trump to get permission to spy on his campaign managers and others to use as an insurance policy if he got elected. Trump said it was a witch hunt that he was somehow coordinating with the Russians...and no coordination was found,,,just caught people lying to the FBI investigators. Nixon almost stopped the investigation and Trump tried to stop the investigation, but didn't...but now the Democrats want to prosecute him for trying to stop the investigation which found absolutely No collusion between Trump and the Russians...what a world!!
SO Sad that FELT was so tortured mentally that he got revenge on the FBI for not being promoted and his self-absorbed bitter wife for her husband not getting promoted, shut out her daughter, she even committed suicide in real life.

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ScorchingSun
Feb 09, 2019

A brooding indictment of political corruption.
If this movie can grimace, it would do so throughout. Any upstanding citizens, please stand up: only crickets chirping...

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CaptainHecto
Nov 15, 2018

Neeson does his best, but he cannot overcome a dreadful screenplay that (a) cannot maintain a focus, and (b) delivers dialogue that belabors the obvious and often is embarrassingly sophomoric. This movie cannot lay a glove on 'All the President's Men', which remains the film to see for the Watergate saga.

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Ky68RasK
Nov 02, 2018

"Riveting" is an overused word, but it certainly applies here. Neeson is outstanding.

Still, I expected more. I was in my twenties when Watergate happened but I don't remember all the ins and outs, so I'll just have to read something on Watergate to get everything I was expecting.

ArapahoeDianeM Sep 19, 2018

This movie is about the man who was "Deep Throat" during Watergate. I agree with another comment, that it would be good to watch, "All the President's Men" --- Prior to watching this one --- it will help the viewer understand this Mark Felt movie better. I have always been a fan of both Liam Neeson & Diane Lane & they both deliver a great performance.

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voisjoe1_0
Aug 23, 2018

Watch "All the President's Men" prior to viewing "Mark Felt." Otherwise you might be totally lost, as there are way too many now forgotten characters related to the Watergate scandal. This film shocked me into how close Nixon actually got in killing the Watergate investigation, just like Trump is now attempting in the on-going Russian election interference investigation. While Watergate got 48 guilty convictions of governmental employees, Russia-Trump-gate has gotten something like 7 guilty verdicts and 17 indictments of Russians, with probably so much more to come.

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BertBailey
Aug 07, 2018

Good flick, providing a good explanation of what went on at Watergate. No doubt it's been oversimplified yet it's well-dramatized considering the lack of blood-and-guts cinematic turns, karate chops, etc.
Speaking of which, Liam Neeson shows he's got talents beyond the controlled fury he's been mustering in action-man roles he's specialized in for nearly a decade. Although few seem to echo this sentiment, I think Diane Lane could handle meatier parts, including in this flick. To ratchet up the drama I'd've given her a bit of neuroticism due to her sacrifices for Felt's career--beyond her fairly well-contained anger. There's a good supporting cast, too; my guess is that the budget can't have been hefty.
Again, the great value of this is in being instructive about what happened. Which is to say, about the hubris that can govern the White House, if (when?) it falls into the wrong hands. Which, in the current scheme of things, can be of immense value.
A couple of matters of fact that, had I been writing the script, I would have included:
Felt's boss, who was installed to ensure White House control of the FBI, was often absent from his office. L Patrick Gray came to be known as '3-day Gray,' as he often visited other offices, was sick for a longish period, etc. This put Felt in charge, no doubt in ways that enriched his knowledge of what had gone on at Watergate, as well as at the WH to cover it up, mitigating Gray's role as a presidential minion. Also, it probably increased Felt's inner tension about being Deep Throat.
Another interesting fact is that Felt .did. keep the personal-type files that Hoover had made of key figures, to extort them or keep them in line. Unless I misunderstood, in the flick Felt orders that they be destroyed -- "and I want no mistakes made about that."
Why this was changed is mystifying. This could have added to the drama, too, since Felt's boss Gray was presumably kept in the dark about it.
(One's also left to wonder whatever happened to all that 'dirt' about so many politicians. What happened to that trove? Has it been archived for 99 years? Then again, maybe a focus on Hoover, who was himself said to be at least a cross-dresser, would detract from the focus of this fine, more focussed depiction of what Watergate was all about.)
A second incidental comment one might wonder about is that, contrary to some comments among the mini-reviews I've read above, the Wikipedia sources express no doubt that Felt was Deep Throat.
Well recommended to anyone with an interest in what brought down President Nixon--as well as what's currently afoot in the White House with a reprobate of a very different kind.

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