Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House

Synopsis: The story of Mark Felt, who under the name "Deep Throat" helped journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the Watergate scandal in 1972.
Director(s): Peter Landesman
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103 min

I am to take possession of them

and bring them to the White House.

What files?

Mr. Hoover's secret files.

The Personal and Confidentials.


Official and Confidentials.

There are no secret files.

We thank thee this day

with arms open for J. Edgar Hoover,

for his lifelong trust in thee,

his steadfast devotion to the nation,

his elevated patriotism,

his commitment to justice

and peace in the nation.

We ask that we may be as strong,

- brave as he was brave...

- Excuse me.

- MAN:
Loyal as he was loyal...

- Pardon me.

Serve as he served,

love the nation as he loved it.


Jesus. Bill Sullivan.

I'd like a word with you.

Bill Sullivan and Mark Felt, together again.

Who would have thought it?

I think I was the one

who recommended you to the old man

for your first big promotion.

You know you were.

- That's right. Mark Felt never forgets.

That's why everyone likes you.

Hell, I even like you.

And I don't like anybody.

What do you want?

I had 30 years in the bureau.

Same as you.

- You were the director's bag man.

- Oh, yeah?

You taped Martin Luther King with other women

and sent the pictures to his wife.

Do you need me to actually say it?

Those days were gone. You had to go.

You could be you, Mark,

only because I was who I was.

You and I were an ecosystem.

That's how nature works.

Keeps everything in a balance.

Now, the king is dead.

Long live the king.

- Are you the new king?

- You tell me.

You're the president's new best friend.

Mark Felt.

Integrity, bravery, fidelity.

Ladies and gentlemen, the G-man's G-man.

You want to know what everybody

really thinks of you? Do you?

Competent, reliable, loyal.

- What's wrong with that?

- Nothing.

If you're a golden retriever.

Hoover's gone.

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Mark Felt

William Mark Felt Sr. (August 17, 1913 – December 18, 2008) was a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) special agent and the Bureau's Associate Director, the FBI's second-highest-ranking post, from May 1972 until his retirement from the FBI in June 1973. During his time as Associate Director, Felt served as an anonymous informant, nicknamed "Deep Throat," to reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein of The Washington Post. He provided them with critical information about the Watergate scandal, a scandal which ultimately led to the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon in 1974. Though Felt's identity as Deep Throat was strongly suspected by some in Washington, including Nixon himself, and was speculated by many others, it generally remained a secret for the next 30 years. In 2005, Felt finally acknowledged that he was Deep Throat, after being persuaded by his daughter to reveal his identity.Felt worked in several FBI field offices prior to his promotion to the Bureau's headquarters in Washington, D.C. In 1980, Felt was convicted of having violated the civil rights of people thought to be associated with members of the Weather Underground, by ordering FBI agents to break into their homes and search the premises as part of an attempt to prevent bombings. He was ordered to pay a fine, but was pardoned by President Ronald Reagan during his appeal. Felt published two memoirs: The FBI Pyramid in 1979 (updated in 2006), and A G-Man's Life, written with John O'Connor, in 2006. In 2012, the FBI released Felt's personnel file at the agency, covering the period from 1941 to 1978. It also released files pertaining to an extortion threat made against Felt in 1956. more…

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