Mark Felt

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: Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2018]
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.4372/MARK
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 103 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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StarGladiator
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? ? ?

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bjohns
Jul 18, 2018

A dark movie and something a bit different for Liam Neeson. Yet I still couldn't quite stomach the Irish accent slipping out at inopportune times. Some people may think this plot is a rehash of The President's Men and J. Edgar Hoover, but it's a story worth telling, especially now. We need to see the good and dark sides of our government institutions, especially the FBI and the CIA. We also need to see the good and bad sides of individuals like Mark Felt and weigh them carefully. I sure hope there are still such people in the Department of Justice who will continue to stop the tyrants and crooks, even if it means losing their jobs. Power to the truth. If you like the history, you will enjoy this flick.

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richmole
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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firefly5
Jun 26, 2018

I did not watch all of this movie. Borrow it again sometime.

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reader7176
Jun 14, 2018

Great movie about Watergate. Mark Felt was played by Liam Nelson did a wonderful job.

Dark, turgid, uneventful, Liam Neeson plays Mark Felt as if he were a mortician and the J. Edgar Hoover Building his funeral parlor. Tom Sizemore as William C. Sullivan is tossed in for a little pizzazz, but his screen time is minimal, as is the morose Diane Lane. The one interesting aspect of the screenplay, how Felt led the FBI black-bag effort against the Weather Underground, which, the movie alludes, is his hole card against the Nixon administration, and presumably the reason Nixon never purged Felt once Hoover died, is only hinted at. A connection the film doesn't make is that 45 years after Watergate it's more dangerous than ever to leak government secrets. So maybe Felt is a singular historical figure.

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poodlegirl
Jun 08, 2018

If you lived through the Nixon years or are wondering what's happening now...this is an amazing movie. Well acted with a great story.

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Keogh
May 19, 2018

An interesting counterbalance to All The President's Men, with Watergate and the abuse of power as its underlying themes. Mark Felt of the FBI, a man of intelligence and integrity, begins to see the only course open to him is to work against his own government as a source for the reporters whose stories ultimately bring down the Nixon White House. Liam Neeson has been spending the last few years playing action roles in generally forgettable revenge thrillers, but this return to a character study role is welcome, as he invests Felt, the real life Deep Throat informant, with qualities of principle and fortitude that the man himself must have had. Very well recommended, particularly in the current environment with a man in the Oval Office who is far worse than Nixon ever was.

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meimoore
Apr 22, 2018

Viewing this film, it's uncanny how the coverups are still happening right now with #45 -- although so much more transparent than it was in Nixon's time. Went to Wikipedia to learn more about Mark Felt...which is enlightening. We don't have too many of his kind around anymore...unless they are flying low under the radar.

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byoneoka
Apr 07, 2018

This film is a testament to the patriotism and dedication to the truth uncovered by Mark Felt. While not wholly clean, Felt helped to bring down an unethical, devious and power-hungry President. Felt is unfortunately not recognized for his contribution to American justice and society.

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