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Watergate Plus 30: Shadow of History (2003)

TV-PG | | Documentary, Crime, History | TV Movie
A look back, from 30 years later, at the Watergate break-in and the fall of Richard Nixon's presidency.


Foster Wiley


Sherry Jones
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Credited cast:
Will Lyman ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Howard Baker ... Himself
Carl Bernstein ... Himself
Benjamin C. Bradlee ... Himself (as Ben Bradlee)
Alexander Butterfield ... Himself
Charles Colson ... Himself (archive footage)
Archibald Cox ... Himself (archive footage)
Sam Dash ... Himself (as Samuel Dash)
John Dean ... Himself
John Ehrlichman ... Himself (archive footage)
Daniel Ellsberg ... Himself (archive footage)
Sam Ervin ... Himself (archive footage)
Leonard Garment Leonard Garment ... Himself
Alexander Haig ... Himself (archive footage)
H.R. Haldeman ... Himself (archive footage)


This documentary reviews the events and outcomes of what has simply been known as Watergate. On June 17, 1972 a group of burglars were arrested trying to bug the telephones at the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee in the Watergate office complex. For over two years, the story of the Watergate break-in and the ensuing cover up dominated U.S. political life. It eventually led to the resignation of Richard Nixon, 37th President of the United States in August 1974 when recorded conversations revealed that he had been less than honest with the public and had been an active participant in the cover-up. Written by garykmcd

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Engrossing & informative narrative of the Watergate scandal
23 August 2019 | by traci515See all my reviews

Although I was only a 4 years old when the Watergate hearings were held, I can still remember how "that show" was "always" on TV at my house, and can even recollect when Nixon was on TV announcing that he was resigning; but of course, I had no understanding of anything going on. Through 12 years of private school and 4 years of college, taking both required and elective classes in US History, I was taught nothing of Watergate. In retrospect, i realize now that none of those classes even touched on the Korean War, let alone any events in the 1960s, 1970s, or more recent; it seemed that we always ran out of time. I include my backstory only to emphasize how much I learned from this documentary - the events that transpired, how those involved behaved both before and during the hearings, how the President's paranoia destroyed his presidency in spite of his foreign successes in the USSR and in China, etc. - and in many cases, was able to hear how the 30 years between the acts that took place and the interviews for this documentary afforded the participants the opportunity to reflect on their behavior and the ramifications of that behavior, for themselves, for the president, and for the country. I've watched it several times to try to see all of the details, and I heartily recommend it to others.

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