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Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House

Rated PG-13 103 minutes 2017

"No one can possibly know as much as I know," snaps Mark Felt (Liam Neeson), the veteran FBI agent who leaked critical details of the Watergate scandal to the Washington Post, in this informative but clumsy biopic. Writer-director Peter Landesman (Concussion) presents Felt as a diehard bureau man who, passed over for promotion after the death of J. Edgar Hoover, waged a covert war against the FBI's new leader, L. Patrick Gray (an enjoyably slimy Marton Csokas), to expose the illegal activities of the Nixon White House. Only at the movie's climax, after a soapy subplot in which Felt and his hardened wife (Diane Lane) search for their missing hippie daughter—possibly in cahoots with the Weather Underground!—does Landesman touch on Felt's own illegal activity ordering secret break-ins as part of the COINTELPRO operation, which Hoover had created to harass and surveil left-wing political groups.

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Director: Peter Landesman

Producer: Ridley Scott, Giannina Scott, Marc Butan, Anthony Katagas, Peter Landesman, Steve Richards, Jay Roach, Yale Badik, Des Carey, Colin Wilson, Peter Guber, Jeffrey Vinik, Nik Bower, Deepak Nayar and Michael Schaefer

Cast: Liam Neeson, Diane Lane, Marton Csokas, Ike Barinholtz, Tony Goldwyn, Bruce Greenwood, Michael C. Hall, Brian James, Josh Lucas, Eddie Marsan, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Maika Monroe, Tom Sizemore, Kate Walsh, Noah Wyle, Julian Morris and Wayne Pére


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