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



You got a cloudy Monday ahead today

here in the nation's capital.

Chance of rain showers and a likely

chance of some drizzle that continues...

With President Nixon

facing an uncertain re-election,

candidates for the Democratic Party

are accusing him

of failing to end

American involvement in Vietnam.

Members of the Committee

to re-elect the President

were in Jacksonville today

on their campaign trip through Florida.

And for a report on that,

here's Georgia Wilson.

Wife of the Attorney

General, Mrs. Richard Kleindienst.

(ON RADIO) This is the final weekend

of our month-long extravaganza sale.

All sizes all on sale!

In Washington,

yet another public demonstration

by some citizens opposed to the Vietnam War.

Reporter Alan Witten.

It was festive

as the crowd turned to Capitol Hill.

In an hour's time,

several thousand people had joined hands

to form a complete circle of war protest

around the US Capitol.


(ON RADIO) Clean and Shine

to the rescue! Cleans up stains,

only the shine remains. No rubbing.

No trimming, no foul smells.

A sharp recession

has shaken economic confidence.

As a result, a large field of

Democratic challengers has emerged

and would beat Nixon

if the election were held today.

- MAN:
(ON RADIO) Five different flavors!

- WOMAN (ON RADIO): Five different meals!

One happy family!


One, two, three, four!

We don't want your f***ing war!

One, two, three, four!

We don't want your f***ing war!



Gentlemen. Mr. Dean.

Goddamn Russian revolution out there.

Why aren't we arresting anybody?

Because that isn't a crime.

Right now the president needs your advice.

Yeah, Hoover's run the FBI, what, 40 years?

- Fifty.

- Fifty goddamn years.

You know, Johnson and Kennedy

wanted to fire him, don't you?

But they didn't have the balls.

If the president were to ask

Mr. Hoover to step aside,

how would you suggest he do it?

We know you to be a friend

to this administration.

We like to see our friends

get what they deserve.

- You're next in line.

- There is no line, Mr. Mitchell.

The president is asking.

Mr. Hoover would want to keep

his bullet-proof car.


You're a real politician, Felt.

Then thanks for popping by.

If I may.

There is one thing Mr. Hoover knows

that's been on all your minds.

Whenever the FBI hears

a piece of gossip or information,

such as "I saw so-and-so out

with another woman, not his wife,"

or a man, not his wife,

we're supposed

to write everything down, and we do.

We write it all down in memos.

These memos come to me,

and I decide what information

Mr. Hoover needs to know,

and send that up to Mr. Hoover.

And Mr. Hoover puts it all away

in his private files,

to be kept safe,

out of the hands of people

without discretion,

people who could do harm should that

information be leaked, for instance,

and put before the court of public opinion.

And then sometimes Mr. Hoover

will go, for instance,

to the president's closest aides and say,

Mr. Ehrlichman or Mr. Mitchell,

"I want you to know

that we received that report

"about you and that other woman,

"and I want to tell you

that there is absolutely no reason

"for us to take any further action.

"There is no violation.

"You're safe.

"We, the FBI...

"All your secrets are safe with us."

How long have you been in the FBI, Felt?

Thirty years.

Thirty years.

That's a lot of information, a lot of files.

Thank you, Mr. Felt.

Thank you, gentlemen. Mr. Dean.


- Choke on your Manhattan.

Have a little something.

Hello, darling.

Hey, sweetie.

I give you the chief dragon slayer

and guardian of the American dream.

Oh, come on, Mark. Crack a smile, at least!

Eddie, let me go.

Eddie, leave her alone.

She's the best. Come here, you.

Did you hear that?

- I need a drink.

- I am the best.

- I heard that.

- PAT:
Hi, hon.

Hi, sweetie.

- Look what I've done.

- Look what you're doing.

What were you doing?



Yes, sir.


Keep the hips down.

Look at your feet.

Come on, attitude.

Eddie, they're elegant!



Good morning.

- Good morning.

- Is the director in?

- Not yet.

Here's that Weather Underground file.

- How many bombings now?

- Couple dozen.

Precise numbers, Mr. Miller.


Nails and ball bearings.

These kids aren't messing around.

They're embarrassing the FBI.

Get the New York office.

He's dead.


Mr. Hoover's dead.

His housekeeper found him on the floor.

He wasn't breathing.

It looks like a stroke.

Put everything into motion.

No mistakes, gentlemen. Not one.

Good morning, Felt.

The assistant Attorney General.

Pat Gray.

Complicated morning for all of us.

Indeed. Mr. Miller, here, will be

handling the funeral arrangements.

I have the Attorney General's

instructions on seating and protocol.

The funeral will be handled by the FBI.

The Attorney General

will sit beside the vice president.

Handled by the FBI in its own way, Mr. Gray.

I also have instructions

on Mr. Hoover's files.

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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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