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Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017)

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Mark Felt - The Man Who Brought Down the White House centers on "Deep Throat", the pseudonym given to the notorious whistleblower for one of the greatest scandals of all time, Watergate. The true identity of the secret informant remained a mystery and source of much public curiosity and speculation for more than 30 years. That is until, in 2005, special agent Mark Felt shockingly revealed himself as the tipster. This unbelievable true story chronicles the personal and professional life of the brilliant and uncompromising Felt, who risked and ultimately sacrificed everything - his family, his career, his freedom - in the name of justice.

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Cast

Liam Neeson
as Mark Felt
Diane Lane
as Audrey Felt
Marton Csokas
as L. Patrick Gray
Josh Lucas
as Charlie Bates
Tony Goldwyn
as Ed Miller
Michael C. Hall
as John Dean
Tom Sizemore
as Bill Sullivan
Wendi McLendon-Covey
as Carol Tschundy
Ike Barinholtz
as Angelo Lano
Bruce Greenwood
as Sandy Smith
Brian d'Arcy James
as Robert Kunkel
Kate Walsh
as Pat Miller
Noah Wyle
as Stan Pottinger
Maika Monroe
as Joan Felt
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Are there any Mark Felts left, and when will they stand up? "Mark Felt" is asking that question just as much as it's honoring its subject, but it's not telling anyone to hold their breath.

October 20, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

The cast is first-rate, notably Neeson in the title role. "Mark Felt" benefits mightily from his very particular set of acting skills.

October 19, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Filmed in bleak green-gray hues, writer-director Peter Landesman's movie depicts D.C. as a nest of vipers, of conspiracies within conspiracies, of paranoia begetting paranoia.

October 16, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The film has all the subtlety of a term paper, even if the earliest scenes suggest otherwise.

October 13, 2017 | Full Review…

The furtive figure history knows best as Watergate snitch Deep Throat gets a movie treatment more suited to the printed page than the big screen.

October 13, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Landesman has wrangled a murderer's row of character actors here - Tom Sizemore! Ike Barinholtz! Michael C. Hall! Bruce Greenwood! - but his script and direction lack a distinct killer instinct.

October 13, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House

We've seen this story before, the efforts to uncover the Watergate scandal and its sloppy cover-up from the perspective of Washington Post reporters Woodward and Bernstein who tirelessly collected clues, followed leads, and investigated the facts. That movie was All The President's Men and was terrific. This movie is all about Mark Felt, the man who was the "Deep Throat" confidential informant, and it's a bit less than terrific. It's hardly even a movie because Felt's story just isn't that interesting. The film offers little new insights into Felt as a character or his personal struggles working against his own government. The FBI director is portrayed like a glowering Bond villain. The other characters come in and out, leaving little impact except to remind you that they're famous. Felt's personal life is also a bore, including Diane Lane in a thankless role as his alcoholic wife distraught over Felt being passed over as the new FBI director. He also has a missing daughter who ran off to a commune. There's one moment where Felt feels paranoid and tears apart his office, but then we simply move on. There's not enough here to justify a full-fledged movie. Whatever writer/director Peter Landesman (Concussion) does it's not enough to make this story interesting, and that's because Felt's involvement in Watergate is minimal at best. All the President's Men was about journalists uncovering the evidence and putting together the pieces. This movie is just about a guy who knows everything and has to get it out there. It's inherently less interesting. Even the subtitle of The Man Who Brought Down the White House seems misinformed; I'm fairly certain that was Nixon. The Mark Felt story was told better when he was merely a minimal figure in someone else's Watergate story. Just watch All the President's Men instead. Nate's Grade: C

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