Washington - Behind Closed Doors

Washington - Behind Closed Doors

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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). Episode 1 - The prospect of a new president sends shockwaves throughout Washington, especially at Langley, where CIA director Martin has more than a few secrets he would prefer to keep hidden. President-elect Monckton has personal as well as political reasons to distrust Martin, and he makes no secret of wanting his own man in charge of “the Company.” Episode 2 - Martin finds an administration ally in the national security advisor, who helps ensure no change at the CIA. The White House’s communications chief tries to improve relations with the press, but leaks about an unannounced escalation of the war in Southeast Asia derail his efforts. Chief of staff Flaherty begins to close the circle around the president and cut him off from outside points of view. Episode 3 - Monckton tries to reach out to the antiwar protesters, but when he is rebuffed decides to go on the offensive against his political enemies. Ambitions rising, the president begins to look ahead to a second term in office. Meanwhile, the White House believes it has found the person who has been leaking confidential information to the press. Episode 4 - The death of former president Esker Anderson leaves Martin without an important ally. The CIA director becomes more vulnerable still when the FBI finds out how he helped expose the questionable fundraising methods employed by the president’s reelection campaign. Episode 5 - Half a million demonstrators invade Washington to protest the administration’s conduct of the war in Southeast Asia. Monckton takes a tough stance against the protesters, confident he can ride a patriotic wave to victory in the next election. He also decides that the time has come for him to see the Primula Report. Episode 6 - Monckton believes he is about to secure his place in history by carrying 50 states and launching a diplomatic opening to China. But first he has to take care of Bill Martin, who makes it clear he will not go without a fight. As Monckton chooses whether or not he can live with Martin’s terms, events elsewhere begin to spiral out of everyone’s control.


Cliff Robertson, Jason Robards, Stefanie Powers
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