Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House

2017
6.4| 1h43m| PG-13| en| More Info
Released: 28 September 2017 Released
Producted By: Scott Free Productions
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Official Website: http://markfeltmovie.com/
Synopsis

The story of Mark Felt, who under the name "Deep Throat" helped journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the Watergate scandal in 1974.

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Peter Landesman

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Scott Free Productions

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filippaberry84 I think this is a new genre that they're all sort of working their way through it and haven't got all the kinks worked out yet but it's a genre that works for me.
Kirandeep Yoder The joyful confection is coated in a sparkly gloss, bright enough to gleam from the darkest, most cynical corners.
Hattie I didn’t really have many expectations going into the movie (good or bad), but I actually really enjoyed it. I really liked the characters and the banter between them.
Billy Ollie Through painfully honest and emotional moments, the movie becomes irresistibly relatable
classicalsteve Anyone who knows the story of Watergate is typically fascinated by "Deep Throat", the government informant who tipped off Bob Woodward and the Washington Post about not only the cover-up but about Nixon's operatives who tried to sabotage political enemies. This film attempts to expose who Mark Felt was and why he became Deep Throat. The good news of the film is a tremendous performance by Liam Neeson and a solid supporting cast. The not-so-good news is the lack of juicy moments which were sacrificed. I was a bit unsatisfied by film's end.Mark Felt, a.k.a. Deep Throat, will go down in history as possibly the most famous informant in US history. The question has always loomed: why did he break ranks and leak information to the press? Concerning these two questions, the film succeeds in answering them more or less. Felt was caught between a hard place and the Nixon administration. That hard place was Watergate in which the FBI was the de-facto investigative body. After J. Edgar Hoover died while still serving as FBI director, the White House nominated L. Patrick "Pat" Gray as acting director and put his name forward as a candidate for permanent director. Gray was simply a pawn of the White House and the Nixon administration. The different federal agencies are supposed to act independently to prevent collusion and consolidation of power. Gray came from the military, and Nixon probably believed by putting Gray in the director's chair rather than someone who had decades of experience at the bureau, like Felt, the new administrator would carry out Nixon's bidding. Gray did things as ordered by the White House not realizing the FBI does not submit to the President. Mark Felt also believed he should have been nominated as the new director instead of an outsider like Gray. With these forces acting upon him, Felt relents and engages in behavior which he had never done in 30 years: leak important information to the press. Where the film fails, sadly, is in one of the most important and fascinating aspects of the whole Watergate episode: his relationship with Bob Woodward. The film shows only two phone calls and one garage meeting with Woodward. In "All the President's Men", three meetings are portrayed with Hal Holbrook as Deep Throat. A missed opportunity. I wanted to experience on-screen how Felt and Woodward met and how their relationship developed. This is the juiciest aspect of Felt's story which was compromised. Another side story explored in the film is Felt's daughter who joined a commune. While interesting, I found that tangent less compelling than his relationship with Woodward which was given very little screen time. Overall a bit of a disappointment.
anbbb It was ok & I learned a few things. Would have liked an CHI Acting Director with a better American accent.A funny mistake comes when they are driving around the city and pass the WWII memorial,which was not built til many years later!
Bele Torso I agree, this was dull and boring at times! It is a who's who of male actors tho. If you get bored, your mind can backtrack on whatever actor is on screen...Is that Teddy (Marton Csokas) from The Equalizer? Is that Tony Goldwyn from The Last House on the Left? Is that Ike Barinholtz from MadTV? Is that Josh Lucas from Glory Road and Home Depot voice work? Is that Wendi McLendon-Covey from Reno 911 and Bridesmaids? Is that Micahel C Hall from Dexter & Six Feet Under? Is that Tom Sizemore from Heat? Is that Noah Wyle from ER? The list goes on and on...Yet...it is still dull. Unfortunate because the generation that needs to know this subject has no attention span and this is not Taken 4, there is no CGI madness and zero car chases.Diane Lane still looks hot...
Indyrod Just watched this biography, drama about the man who worked for the FBI for 31 years, and was the informer they called "deep throat' in the Watergate scandal, and downfall of a POTUS. Liam Neeson plays Mark Felt, and he does a superior job. If you are a political junkie like me, you will really like this movie, if not, you will probably be bored. But, not only very educational, I found it very good.