WASHINGTON: BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
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"Great stuff" —The Philadelphia Inquirer
The award-winning miniseries based on John Ehrlichman’s post-Watergate novel The Company
CIA director Bill Martin (Cliff Robertson, Charly, Falcon Crest) knows that an incoming president means a new direction for the country—and another set of eyes on the top secret Primula Report. Martin tries to build a rapport with his new boss, but President Richard Monckton (Jason Robards, All the President’s Men) is more interested in settling old scores and cleaning house with the help of the FBI.
Against the backdrop of a war in Southeast Asia and antiwar protests at home, this high-intensity political drama tells the story of an increasingly paranoid president, an administration under siege, and a reckless group of White House aides desperate to hold on to power. Featuring Stefanie Powers (Hart to Hart), Robert Vaughn (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.), and Andy Griffith (Matlock). Special appearance by John Houseman (The Paper Chase).
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Jason Robards made a wonderfully shifty, devious and underhand President. Cliff Robertson and Stefanie Powers were also in the cast, along with a dark-haired actress with hypnotically blue eyes, name of Meg, but I can't remember whether that was her character's name, or the first name of the actress playing her. I believe I read somewhere that she had been auditioned for one of the lead parts in "Cagney and Lacey", and was in fact in the pilot of that show, but subsequently replaced for the series. I have forgotten many of the plot twists, as it is now so many years since I saw Washington Behind Closed Doors on TV, and I am really looking forward to getting the DVD and enjoying it once again. Cassandra
SUBTITLES for all 6 feature-length episodes.
One dialogue quote sums it up: "It's just so vicious. There's so much back-biting and insincerity." Perhaps too true in an election year. You may opt to stay away from the voter booth in favor of another viewing for this adaptation of Ehrlichman's book. Everyone knows the book and this series was about Nixon and Watergate. Author Ehrlichman was part of it. Like Haldeman, portrayed perfectly by Robert Vaughn under the fiction name of Flaherty, they did 18 months of jail time. Both the real man and Vaughn inspire disgust of politicians. Also giving such an astonishingly perfect performance that it makes a voter want to puke, was Nicholas Prior as Hank, anything-to-get-ahead boot-licker. And you'll be spitting nails at the see-saw politics of the CIA Director (Cliff Robertson plays Martin, but it was Helms in real Nixon life). Plenty of other stars like Jason Robards playing `Tricky Dick',President. I'm surprised congress didn't investigate the actor after the series, like they did the president--that convincing. Oh and who'd have thought Andy Griffith could play such a nasty former-Pres ESA (really LBJ)? Easy to spot Tessler (Harold Gould), or the real Kissinger, with German accent and dark frame glasses.Read more ›
Fortunately, content trumps technical specifics every time, and the political machinations of WASHINGTON: BEHIND CLOSED DOORS make for some fascinating viewing.
My first reaction as the story unfolded was “here comes another Hollywood Liberal Democratic indictment of Republicanism”, but as the storyline unfolded, it became clear the scope was not so narrow-minded. Although some of the effects, such as freeze frames, are dated, some unabashedly over-the-top performances propel the series into the realm of Greek Tragedy. There is genuine amazement, horror, remorse and hope for justice in the proceedings and this keeps the series from falling into the category of mere Democratic diatribe. Let’s face it, Nixon is an easy target. With source material written by one of the ex-president’s closest associates, even the most outlandish behaviour (the president’s paranoia, for example) is believable even while being eminently theatrical.Read more ›
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Excellent TV serie, good dvd release technically speaking. Very good buyPublished 12 days ago by Mihai Ivan
This 6-part TV drama presents a fictionalized account of the Nixon years, [SPOILER ALERT] culminating in the revelation of the Watergate burglary. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Oaklandrater
What a terrific cast of stars in this impressive series that holds up almost TOO well today! In essence, nothing has changed since the show aired originally (so sad, I suppose! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Dee J.
Although this story is now dated, being based on the Nixon era Watergate scandal, it is still a good story and worth a watch. Read morePublished 10 months ago by K. Hinton
Why does Monckton (Nixon) say "I'll take it" in the TV aired series, but here he just walks off without answering? Fantastic!, 1 Feb. Read morePublished 12 months ago by david
I saw this in the 70s on British TV and loved it, so now great to get a DVD finally released after such a long time. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Siriam