A BLACK SCREEN as the film rattles out, followed by a RADIO
REPORT over the darkened room, the sounds of doors closing.
RADIO REPORT (V.O.)
Five men wearing surgical gloves and
business suits, and carrying cameras
and electronic surveillance equipment,
were arrested today in the
headquarters of the Democratic
National Committee in Washington.
They were unarmed.
Nobody knows yet why they were there
or what they were looking for...
FADE IN TO:
EXT. THE WHITE HOUSE - NIGHT (1973)
TITLES RUN - A raw November night. We are looking through
the black iron bars of the fence towards the facade of the
Executive Mansion. A LIGHT is on in a second floor room.
We move towards it through the bars, across the lawn. Dead
leaves blow past. A SUBTITLE READS: "NOVEMBER 1973"
A black LIMOUSINE slides up to the White House West Wing.
An armed GUARD with a black DOBERMAN approaches.
The window opens slightly. The Guard peers in. Then, he
opens the door.
Good evening, General Haig.
GENERAL ALEXANDER HAIG gets out, walks up the steps. He
carries a manila envelope. As he enters the White House,
we hear an AUDIO MONTAGE of NEWS REPORTERS from the
previous year. The VOICES fade in and out, overlap.
Judge John Sirica today sentenced the
Watergate burglars to terms ranging
from up to forty years ... The White
House continues to deny any
INT. THE WHITE HOUSE - VESTIBULE - NIGHT
HAIG enters, starts up the stairs. The mansion is dark,
silent. Like a tomb.
Presidential counsel John Dean
testified before the Senate Watergate
Committee that the scandal reaches to
the highest levels ...
A low-angle shot of Haig's spit-shined shoes moving
down the long corridor of the second floor of the