Mark Felt - The Man Who Brought Down the White House

Mark Felt - The Man Who Brought Down the White House

DVD - 2018
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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, 2018
Edition: Widescreen ed
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 103 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jul 31, 2018

Riveting and timely. An important history lesson in today's climate of men who would be king; those who want only what increases their own power and lines their own pockets. What happens when the man in the White House seeks to rule without restrictions, without controls and without consequences or conscience. Here's hoping another Mark Felt will provide the much needed response and appropriate legal action to such a presidency.

Jul 30, 2018

Excellent chronicle of Watergate - Well done (not over done) Liam Neeson was very good - nice change from his usual shoot-'em-ups - Diane Lane portrayed the wife to a T of a high ranking government official.

Jul 20, 2018

The major shortcoming with believing that Felt was in actuality Deep Throat was the logistics of how Felt obtained info much of which could only have originated within the Oval Office? ? ?
The only real possibilities were Henry Kissinger and somebody or bodies within the White House Communications Agency. Now when Woodward was in the Navy he was the Pentagon's Naval liaison to the White House, and ran routine background checks on members of the White House Commications Agency for the NIS. When Henry Kissinger was competing for tenure at Harvard, the diabolical Kissinger would underhandedly snitch [actually lie] about the other competitor/candidates to the FBI, claiming they were Commies. Kissinger's contact at the FBI who he snitched to? Why, none other than a dude named Felt!
Small world, huh? ? ?
The interesting sidebar tidbit was that underground parking garage Woodward met Deep Throat in was located in an apartment building chock full of CIA contractors!?
Again, small world, huh? ? ?

Jun 26, 2018

Surprised by my three-star rating: haven't we seen this all before (i.e.: All The President's Men)? Answer: no we haven't. Not by a long shot, as it turns out. And, given Neeson's string of recent and oh-so-predictable chase/shoot 'em ups, should we bother watching him again? (Ans: Yeah, we should--this is one of his best performances in years.)

So: three stars for surprises and the star's performance--and a good one from Diane Lane as the FBI executive's bitter, disappointed wife.

The personal "backstory" on the man we've all known as "Deep Throat" is fascinating and poignant--and it leads to exactly the kind of behaviour from Felt that, in some respects, the president's "men" were guilty of. And he actually paid a legal price for it. New to you? New to me, too.

Also new: he was confiding in at least one other noted journalist besides the Washington Post duo of Woodward and Bernstein. THAT was also fascinating and, actually, a lot more interesting than those meetings in the underground garage with the Post reporter.

Another reason to watch: to be reminded of what it was REALLY like (those old enough tend to forget) and, if you're younger, you'll realize Trump's trials ain't so new and novel...(many, many parallels with contemporary times.

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