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 ›
Now I have the opportunity to view the series in its entirety. I have only watched the first episode and it is even more entertaining and thought provoking than it was 30 years ago. The movie changes the names of the characters and adding some hollywood dramatization in a few areas to make things even more interesting. You may find yourself running back & forth to your computer searching for the names of the real people which were characterized in the mini series.
Keep your mind open and your laptops, iPads and browsing devices handy as you watch this. I hope you enjoy this as much as I am. You have heard the quote, "Truth is stranger than fiction." This is fiction related to truth. Enjoy
This review is from: Washington: Behind Closed Doors [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Created in 1977 in the flames of the presidential scandal that was still unfolding with the "pardoning" of Nixon by Ford this series is a white hot prime time lavish concotion featuring a rosta of acting talent, sharp dialogue and slick screen play.
It's a great dramatization of a somewhat fanciful narrative loosely based on facts and real events by the Nixon aide John Erhlichman. In particular the extremely red blooded flamboyant characterisation of Nixon given by Jason Robards has to be taken with a pinch of salt, however watchable and charismatic. Similarly the emergence of a smoking gun in terms of a bundle of evidence implicating the White House in illegal goings on, that the harassed Director of the CIA - Cliff Roberston - confronts the President with in the final episode, on the eve of Nixon's landslide 1972 re-election, in order to secure his own retirement to a safe post overseas somewhere "not too heavy" - again this treatment of the CIA by Nixon, or mutual antagonism has no basis in fact.
This final showdown is followed rather closely by the film adaptation here, except in these points: the book gives Martin the CIA Director as finally divorcing his long suffering wife (who is drawn non too sympathetically in this film) and shacking up with in paradise with his lover Stefanie Powers (who has also been a useful tool in his machinations as well as bit on the side) but in the film there appears to be a reconciliation, and that is they way he bows out.Read more ›
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Excellent TV serie, good dvd release technically speaking. Very good buyPublished 6 months 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 12 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 15 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 16 months ago by K. Hinton