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Washington: Behind Closed Doors 

The story of a power-hungry U.S. President, and the men, with whom he surrounds himself, in order to keep his hold on power. Based on John Ehrlichman's book about the Nixon administration.


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Series cast summary:
Cliff Robertson ...  William Martin 6 episodes, 1977
Jason Robards ...  President Richard Monckton 6 episodes, 1977
Stefanie Powers ...  Sally Whalen 6 episodes, 1977
Robert Vaughn ...  Frank Flaherty 6 episodes, 1977
Lois Nettleton ...  Linda Martin 6 episodes, 1977
Barry Nelson ...  Bob Bailey 6 episodes, 1977
Harold Gould ...  Carl Tessler 6 episodes, 1977
Tony Bill ...  Adam Gardiner 6 episodes, 1977
Andy Griffith ...  Esker Scott Anderson 6 episodes, 1977
John Houseman ...  Myron Dunn 6 episodes, 1977
David Selby ...  Roger Castle 6 episodes, 1977
Meg Foster ...  Jennie Jamison 6 episodes, 1977
Peter Coffield Peter Coffield ...  Eli McGinn 6 episodes, 1977
Frances Lee McCain ...  Paula Stoner Gardiner 6 episodes, 1977
Barry Primus ...  Joe Wisnovsky 6 episodes, 1977
Diana Ewing ...  Kathy Ferris 6 episodes, 1977
Lara Parker ...  Wanda Elliott 6 episodes, 1977
John Lehne John Lehne ...  Tucker Tallford 6 episodes, 1977
Alan Oppenheimer ...  Simon Cappell 6 episodes, 1977
Nicholas Pryor ...  Hank Ferris 6 episodes, 1977
Frank Marth ...  Lawrence Allison 5 episodes, 1977
Thayer David ...  Elmer Morse 4 episodes, 1977
George Gaynes ...  Brewster Perry 4 episodes, 1977
Phillip R. Allen ...  Walter Tulloch 4 episodes, 1977
Joseph Hacker ...  Jimmy Bird 4 episodes, 1977
June Dayton ...  Mrs. Monckton 4 episodes, 1977
Jean Howell Jean Howell ...  Dorothy Kemp 4 episodes, 1977
Linden Chiles ...  Jack Atherton 3 episodes, 1977
Skip Homeier ...  Lars Haglund 3 episodes, 1977
Borah Silver Borah Silver ...  Burt Saraceni 3 episodes, 1977
John Randolph ...  Bennett Lowman 2 episodes, 1977
Joseph Sirola ...  Ozymandias 2 episodes, 1977
Madison Arnold ...  Harvey Bass 2 episodes, 1977
James Ray James Ray ...  Al Donnally / ... 2 episodes, 1977
Richard Gates Richard Gates ...  Bernie Tibbetts / ... 2 episodes, 1977
Bonnie Bartlett ...  Joan Bailey / ... 2 episodes, 1977


The story of a power-hungry U.S. President, and the men, with whom he surrounds himself, in order to keep his hold on power. Based on John Ehrlichman's book about the Nixon administration.

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Release Date:

6 September 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Washington - Hinter verschlossenen Türen See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Robert Vaughn won an Emmy for playing Frank Flaherty. In his acceptance speech, he thanked Director Gary Nelson for directing twelve and a half hours of television "by himself". See more »


Featured in The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1978) See more »


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Excellent thinly-disguised Watergate drama
5 November 2011 | by andrew-lyallSee all my reviews

This is the Nixon Whitehouse with the expletives deleted, but somehow manages to be just as menacing and obscene, thanks to the acting of Jason Robarts and Robert Vaughn and other excellent actors. But Nicholas Pyor (Hank Ferris) as the weak, ambitious, amoral, eternally scared director of communications is a masterful piece of acting. He is alternately scared, full of hubris and fragile self-confidence, willing to do anything to please his bosses,then self-doubting. He deserved an Oscar. It is indeed a comic performance and a comedy of manners as another reviewer rightly pointed out. One blemish is that the women all seem hopelessly weak and fickle. Sally Whalen breaks her own rule about not getting involved with a married man and then lives to regret it. The girl with the strangely intense blue eyes (whose name I forget) falls hopelessly for the philandering Roger Castle and seems unable for far too long to see him for what he is. Again, Hank Ferris's inept attempts emulate Castle are wonderfully realized. The real Nixon was somewhat more complex than the TV drama manages to portray. For example, the scene where President Monkton goes out the talk to the Vietnam War protesters is portrayed as a scheme got up by the Pryor character as a cynical ploy, whereas in reality it was Nixon's own idea, it took place at night when he was unable to sleep and obviously, within his own rather severe limitations, sincere. Perhaps it was thought that to portray that would obscure the main theme of the drama. Truth often does. Not much to put against the tens of thousands of deaths in Vietnam and Cambodia, but he was not quite as one-sided as the fictional version. And at last the series is available on DVD, via Amazon.com.

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