1972. Following the death of fifty year FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover who the last three Presidents had considered firing, FBI outsider L. Patrick Gray is appointed Acting Director. Associate Director Mark Felt, a dedicated, loyal and meticulous employee of the Bureau for thirty years, and his wife Audrey, feel he being passed over for the job is a major snub, they who have sacrificed their own personal lives for the Bureau. Part of that sacrifice is not being able to devote time in locating the Felts' daughter, Joan Felt, who they have not heard from in a year, they only assuming that she going off their radar being on her own volition in her anti-establishment ideals. Felt not getting the job is arguably due to he being such an integral figure in the controversial Hoover tenure. One of the first cases for the Bureau in Gray's tenure is a break-in at and bugging of the Democratic National Committee offices, the case unofficially called Watergate for the complex in which the break-in ...Written by
Two of the most famous figures in the exposure of the Watergate scandal, Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, are not at all important characters in this movie (Woodward, played by Julian Morris, appears only briefly, and Bernstein doesn't appear at all). Writer / director Peter Landesman told Time Magazine that this was a deliberate decision because he wanted to vary from the "prevailing Watergate narrative." Although Landesman did not mention this during his promotion of the film, his decision to omit any depiction of Bernstein may have also been influenced by the fact that Bernstein has in the past been notoriously difficult to deal with regarding his own portrayals in movies. In a March 2016 interview in Collider, Jacob Bernstein (a son of Carl Bernstein and Nora Ephron) said that the most challenging aspect of making Everything Is Copy, the 2015 documentary about Ephron, was the protracted negotiation with his own father about Bernstein's appearance in the film. And in that movie itself, Jacob Bernstein also says that his parents' divorce stretched on for years and was a great deal more complicated than most divorces in part because of his father's insistence on negotiating on the content of another movie, the film adaptation of Nora Ephron's roman a clef account of their breakup, Heartburn (in which Jack Nicholson played a thinly veiled version of Bernstein). See more »
There is a reference to Richard Nixon being named TIME Magazine's "Person of the Year" for 1972. TIME Magazine did not use the title "Person of the Year" until 1999. Nixon would have been named "Man of the Year" in 1972. See more »
Peter Landesman wrote (with the book by Mark Felt) and directed this film that takes a solid look at the manner in which our government has been revealed as corrupt under certain (if not all) presidents. It is interesting that THE POST, covering the same bit of history, is released at present and that he story has been well told before (ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN). But where MARK FELT gains credence is in the comparison to our present day governmental scourge from the President through Congress and through all the aspects of the derring-do of Twitter-controlled fake news politics that plays like an endless bad comedy television show daily
As has been outlined elsewhere, '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 was later revealed to 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.
The cast, led by an extraordinary performance by Liam Neeson, is pitch perfect - Diane Lane as Mark's wife, Marton Csokas, Tony Goldwyn, Josh Lucas, Michael C. Hall, Tome Sizemore, Bruce Greenwood, Noah Wylie, Ike Barinholtz, Brian d'Arcy James, Julian Morris, Eddie Marsan, Wayne Pere - each actor captures the essence of the characters they portray and make the movie speed by with finesse.
Despite the ugly story of our history and the proximity to the present situation, this film is one that deserves a broad audience. History repeats itself.
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