Mark Felt - The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017)
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Plot: The story of Mark Felt, who under the name "Deep Throat" helped journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the Watergate scandal in 1972.
Runtime: 103 mins Release Date: 29 Nov 2017
Hollywood does what it does...masterfully (by cystanley)
I don't know why viewers continue to cut down movies, writers and directors just because they take liberty with the facts. Hollywood does what it does to keep the action going and to make films interesting.How in the world do the previous reviewers know the facts? Most of them probably were children when Deep Throat occurred and have read and retained only stories about Felt that matched their own interpretations. Give Landesman a chance. Felt was the subject, Felt was one of the writers, Felt was the consultant. Only someone who was part of the actual situation is privileged to give his <more>
own interpretation. Face it, naysayers, interpretation is what life is all about, and we all need to just watch and see movies as another interpretation. Don't jump on the cast and director just because you don't like the interpretation.
The Watergate scandal, which engulfed the entire American public at large, and the administration of president Richard Nixon, was the single greatest political scandal in U.S. history. But for a long time, one of the great mysteries of that scandal was that of the identity a mysterious informant who gave information about the scandal to writers Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward of the Washington Post, but was never identified by his real name, only by a code name called Deep Throat. This character, portrayed by Hal Holbrook in the 1976 classic ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN, was later revealed to <more>
be Mark Felt, a former top man inside the FBI dating back to the days when J. Edgar Hoover ruled the roost, and beyond Hoover's death in May 1972. Felt's own story has now been told in the gripping political drama MARK FELT: THE MAN WHO BROUGHT DOWN THE WHITE HOUSE.Liam Neeson portrays the long-time FBI executive who stands as a paragon of truth and integrity even as the FBI, by 1972, is still under the control of J. Edgar Hoover, as it had been since its founding in 1924. When Hoover dies, Neeson is thought to be the front-runner for the FBI director's post. Instead, however, that goes to Pat Gray Martin Csokas , a law enforcement neophyte and, for lack of a better term, a glorified lackey to Nixon. Then comes June 17, 1972, the morning that five guys are caught with their hands in the cookie jar at the Democratic National Committee's headquarters inside the Watergate hotel. Neeson, still a senior adviser, is intent on having the FBI proceed with the investigation wherever it leads, and how far up in the government it goes; but Csokas only gives him 48 hours to finish the whole thing, then the bureau can wipe its hands off this so-called "third-rate burglary". Neeson, however, is undaunted; and very soon, under cover of anonymity, he gives things he knows from inside the bureau to Time Magazine writer Sandy Smith Bruce Greenwood , and to Woodward Julian Morris , who reveals to Neeson that he has been given the secret informant moniker of Deep Throat the name being derived from the title of the notorious 1972 X-rated film .Torn between the pressure of being loyal to the FBI and wanting the truth to get out about Watergate, and the various mini-scandals surrounding it including bugging and wiretapping of the enemies of Nixon being conducted by Nixon's little Plumbers task force , Neeson also must mend fences with his daughter Maika Monroe , who had become part of the radical Weather Underground, the domestic ISIS/Al Qaeda of its time. When Neeson retires after thirty-one years of service, his revelations about Watergate have already started the ball rolling on the implosion of the Nixon administration. This is not to make Felt out to be a saint, however; he was convicted for his part in illegal activities against 60s radicals, and spent a year in prison, before being pardoned by Reagan in 1981, and then, shortly after his passing in 2005, having him be revealed as Deep Throat.Writer/director Peter Landesman, who also wrote and directed the 2015 sports drama CONCUSSION about the NFL's attempt to cover up head injuries among their players for decades , brings a great deal out of this story, which may be two or three generations removed for 21st century audiences but which also seems as relevant as it was during the turbulent early and mid-1970s. Like ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN, MARK FELT's existence is not predicated on how and/or where the story ends, but how one gets to that end. Neeson's performance as Mark Felt is one of extreme gravitas, making it clear that, whatever else they might do, the FBI is supposed to be a totally independent body to investigate high crimes, and that, however secretly, Csokas' loyalty to a president who is morally bankrupt is forcing him to go rogue and be a whistleblower.Greenwood, Tony Goldwyn, and Tom Sizemore give very convincing performances in their roles; and the basic darkness of the story is well-established, as is the paranoia created by a presidency that trusts nobody, not even those in its inner circle, engulfs many people and morally compromises others, even, at times, Felt himself. At a time when Hollywood seems intent on avoiding good compelling stories that are based on events that are not as arcane or ancient as some like to make them out to be, MARK FELT: THE MAN WHO BROUGHT DOWN THE WHITE HOUSE is an important film of our time.
In his role as "Deep Throat," former FBI agent Mark Felt passed information to the Washington Post and helped reveal the Watergate scandal — when men connected to the Nixon White House burgled and wiretapped the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee in 1972 — as well as other episodes of corruption in the Nixon era. However, the concept of Deep Throat has often overshadowed the real man. With the biopic Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House, here's more about who he truly was: before, during and after his time as Deep Throat.
Interesting, informative, historical look at the scandal and taking down of a president. (by blanbrn)
Every history buff knows "Watergate" and the scandal that shook Washington and took down president "Nixon" and the term "Deep Throat" rings a bell with this issue. Well finally a film puts this person in showcase spotlight that being Mark Felt good performance from Liam Neeson the man who brought down the white house literally. The film is informative with the behind the scenes look at the interviews and investigations after the "Watergate" break ins and it's looked at first with doubt, cover up, skepticism, and not wanting to believe from not just <more>
the administration, but many agents who are close to Nixon want a cover up. However Mark Felt is the one agent who wants answers and the truth as he feels the need for honor and integrity. So this film is a well done investigative journey of the behind the scenes workings of the political game and it's under the table moves and ways of doing business, while it seeks truth and justice while bringing down those involved. Really if your a history buff this is a near perfect film to watch as it's informative.
This is the biopic of Mark Felt also code named "Deep Throat" by the Washington Post. The production concentrates on the internal workings of the FBI during this time as well as Felt's personal struggle to reunite with his daughter who ran away and joined a hippie commune. It starts about the time J. Edgar Hoover died. The film was timely in a sense as it eerily mirrors the Mueller investigation of the White House. You can't help but think about what is happening today. I am a sucker for history films and tend to over rate them. I would say "All the President's <more>
Men" was a superior film and an excellent counterpart. Guide: 1 F-word. No sex or nudity.
It's crap, not very good , very rubbish, wouldn't watch it again, very boring and annoying
Forceful film about decisions under pressure (by lor_)
A brief clip of Walter Cronkite on TV in "Mark Felt..." reminded me of the authority the legendary newscaster generated back in the day, and star Liam Neeson likewise lends immeasurable gravitas to this film of ideas, a tangential look at the Watergate case.Just as Mark Felt, self-identified decades later to be the mysterious Deep Throat who aided Woodward & Bernstein in revealing to the public the White House wrongdoings, is a footnote in American history, so too this well-made movie is destined to be a mere footnote in film history. That's because it does not fit into <more>
popular genres, specifically the thriller, but is more the province of television drama in the 21st Century.Back in the day, this would have been an A-production release from United Artists or later Columbia Pictures in the Stanley Kramer vein, his films about ideas and problem subjects like "The Men" with Brando or "Home of the Brave", but nowadays it is up to successor company to Columbia, specialty division, namely Sony Pictures Classics, to bring this worthy effort to a blasé public.I happen to love movies of this type, far more than the Action Man pictures like "Taken" that have made of middle-aged actor Neeson an iconic action figure. The best movie I recall is "Command Decision", a war movie, but minus the action, and more recently though 2 decades back the excellent "Executive Decision" starring Kurt Russell. Felt's importance at the FBI, notably in the wake of J. Edgar's death, is the principal thrust of Peter Landesman's film. It moves along on a low flame, tension mounting imperceptibly under the handicap of the viewer being already aware, certainly in broad strokes, of the incidents being covered in the wake of the burglary of Dem offices at D.C.'s Watergate Hotel, as well as the ultimate outcome. But using insider Felt's point- of-view gives us an interesting vantage point.Neeson as Felt is a noir hero, self-divided and trying to do the right thing but caught in a malevolent universe where, to paraphrase TV's "The Fugitive", fate is moving a huge hand. His conflict with new acting FBI head Gray, well-played subtly by Marton Csokas, is quite believable, and helps to add depth to the otherwise black & white "whose side are you on" in the story's depiction of a war between the evil White House and the "standing up for our country" FBI. It is Felt's personal life that creates the movie's emotional core, at first seeming irrelevant but actually paying off by movie's end more forcefully than the character's heroics. He's carrying a torch for his missing daughter Joan Maika Monroe, in an understated turn , who brings in a serious subplot of the society's counterculture from the '60s and a different kind of terrorism than that confronting the nation and the FBI today. Felt's belated war against the Weather Underground and other leftist domestic groups is what proves to be his personal downfall, as he ends up resorting to horrible, illegal tactics just as his dreaded villain of a former co-worker Sullivan smoothly played by instant bad guy Tom Sizemore and innumerable Nixon cronies did. I found Felt's Jekyll & Hyde split personality traits of honor vs. expediency to be the core of the movie's subdued power.Casting of Monroe was a big help, as she closely resembles mom Diane Lane, the latter actress doing well in a very difficult role that suffers in Landesman's writing from a bit too many '50s/'60s clichés of the unfulfilled woman trapped in a marriage that rendered her totally subservient/dependent on her husband.NOTE: Previous review posted on IMDb is a trashing of the movie by someone who hadn't seen it -just assuming how bad and slanted it would be. I've wished this website would control such poor and distracting behavior by users -antithetical to the whole purpose of submitting reviews.
A Riveting Tale That Parallels Today's Politics (by rannynm)
The opening of the film lead me to believe deep secrets would unfold. Mark Felt Liam Neeson encounters his former colleague Bill Sullivan Tom Sizemore and they exchange words recapping what appears to be a professional rivalry for the viewer's benefit. This film is an historical drama about men FBI employees whose job is to analyze every detail and research and report discrepancies. There are times when things do not add up. Mark often comments, "The President has no power over the FBI."Given this film is created from Felt's 2006 autobiography and published a year <more>
after he revealed his identity as "Deep Throat" to Vanity Fair, the film does not deliver on the juicy details and unveiling I expected. The most appealing part of the movie is the historical retrospective of the film. At times, the details are unappealing, as the characters are hard to follow. The film flows well, although it took me a few minutes to determine which characters were members of the FBI and who else was in the room. As the film moves on, the characters develop into an amazing working team. I empathized with Mark Felt throughout the film. I felt the Director could have given us more insight into the walls of the institution where Felt worked for 31 years, and whose integrity he sought to protect from the interference of the Nixon White House officials.When J. Edgar Hoover dies and Felt is passed over for his position, L. Patrick Gray III Marton Csokas , a close Nixon ally, replaces Hoover as head of the FBI. Mark's integrity and hard work for more than 30 years are overlooked by the good-old-boy White House network. Leadership knows Mark is dangerous, given what he knows. When the Watergate break-in occurs, the FBI demands a 48-hour wrap and Mark knows this is the beginning of the end of the position he has served loyally and with integrity, even if he decides that spilling secrets is the best way to protect the FBI and manage his way out of an unmanageable situation.While the office scenes are bland and the meetings with Bob Woodward Julian Morris in the parking garage seem contrived, there is substantial interest during sessions with Time Magazine's reporter Sandy Smith Bruce Greenwood , who realizes Mark Felt is breaking his tight-lipped manner as Felt finally gives way. He tells Mark, "The FBI must be terrified of you." The characters are hard-hitting FBI employees. Their job is to serve and protect, even if it means keeping secrets to protect their peers, boss or the White House administration. For the most part, the characters are seen as positive stand-up men. It is only when Mark Felt makes a decision that we see his character stray, yet it is portrayed with shocking beauty. This film, based on true-facts, is brilliant. Many times, I found myself wanting to research more about this era, and the real men portrayed in the film.The movie works hard to humanize Mark Felt, his family and fellow G-men. The subplot family story is warm, while most of Mark Felt's career interactions are harsh and direct. The film challenges the viewer's memory of historical facts. Is he a hero or a villain? Whatever you see, there is no doubt Mark Felt is the most impactful whistle-blower in American history so far. Many times, the film appears black and white and a bit grainy. In order to capture the times, I believe this is purposeful. As with any sleuth-type film, the graininess adds to the mystery. Another sign of the times, excessive smoking. While a total turn-off to this reviewer, it was prevalent in the 70s. The historical retrospective of this dark time in American history is invaluable. As the story unfolds, I was glued to the screen. The burden and power of the American landscape is presented in contrast with dark figures who believe secrets are best kept.This film, with very adult themes, showcases a moment in history which is almost anti-climatic. The story focuses on the Watergate break-ins of the 70s and the ways and means the White House and other organizations lived and worked with secrets. Dare we say it parallels politics today? Because of the subject matter and fine details of "who's who" in the puzzle of facts, I recommend this only for mature teens. Many adults will find this tale riveting, especially those old enough to be aware of Nixon's presidency in the 70s. I recommend this film for ages 16 to 18 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. This film may prompt teens to research more about Mark Felt and his place in history. Reviewed by Kimbirly O., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
For political junkies, this is a must-see...... (by 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.