When J. Edgar Hoover suddenly dies in 1972 and is replaced by a man with improper ties to Nixon’s White House, FBI special agent Mark Felt (Liam Neeson) becomes increasingly frustrated. The beginning of the Watergate scandal was depicted in All the President’s Men (1976); this far less effective film follows the man who became Bob Woodward’s primary source. Neeson is good as ”Deep Throat”, but the film certainly doesn’t live up to its intriguing subject matter. Diane Lane is wasted.
2017-U.S. 103 min. Color. Widescreen. Written and directed by Peter Landesman. Book: Mark Felt, John D. O’Connor. Music: Daniel Pemberton. Cast: Liam Neeson (Mark Felt), Diane Lane (Audrey Felt), Tony Goldwyn (Ed Miller), Maika Monroe, Kate Walsh, Josh Lucas… Michael C. Hall, Tom Sizemore, Bruce Greenwood, Noah Wyle, Eddie Marsan.
Trivia: Co-produced by Ridley Scott, Tom Hanks and Jay Roach. Jason Bateman was allegedly considered for a role.