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All the President's Men

A movie directed by Alan J. Pakula

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My Fellow Americans, I come to you with sad heart...

  • May 10, 2000
Pros: storyline, acting

Cons: ......

Being politically alert (as I can be that is) during this era, All the President's Men was an eerie movie to view. Based on the award winning scoop by Woodward and Bernstein, you are introduced to the scum and tripe of the American government (is that too harsh?) And the ends one will go to in order to achieve their goals.

While investigating a standard burglary at the Democratic offices at the Watergate (Che' Lewinski in later life) these reporters uncover a dirty little secret. Young and full of vigor, these guys go into a cesspool that leads eventually back to Nixon and his ultimate resignation from office.

We find every factor of the underbelly of government involved - White House aides, CIA, the President. Information is backed by the infamous "Deep Throat" - someone that to this day has not been revealed.

The intensity and interaction between these reporters gives further drama to the tale, often butting heads during the investigation. Woodward, the typical fresh faced WASP, and Bernstein, the hyper driven Jew, face many crossroads while searching for the truth, including many death threats. After all, we are dealing with highly powerful people here that could make little no-name people like these reporters WERE disappear forever.

Ever diligent, they continue through the remarkable facts and lead to the coup of possible impeachment and then the resignation of Nixon. Eventually many secrets are revealed such as the infamous missing 18 minutes on the White House tape and the undercover by Nixon's secretary.

A nasty little tale looking into a nasty little secret. Well written, directed and acted. Many Academy nominations and a few awards. An intense story that had to be told. In all, a sad circumstance in that Nixon, in his life, only wanted to become President, a goal he finally reached and then brought to his own demise. In addition, many lives were affected and ruined by this travesty. Imprisonment, divorce, death, shame - all because one person had to know what the other person was up to (Republican versus Democract). In truth, Nixon would have probably won re-election anyway, but ruined his chances and his life forever.

Carl Bernstein - Dustin Hoffman
Bob Woodward - Robert Redford
Deep Throat - Hal Holbrook (at least in the movie)


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Covers the period from 1972-1974; Produced and released in 1976. <br> <br> With ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN, director Alan Pakula adapts the best-selling book by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. Pakula created a film that takes its place among such important conspiracy dramas as THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR and THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH. The focus is on the 1972 investigation of the break-in to the Democratic Party headquarters, otherwise known as the Watergate burglary. Through a complicated web of intrigue and secrecy that eventually involves the highest levels of government, hungry young journalists Woodward (Robert Redford) and Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) of the Washington Post aggressively examine the incident, uncovering information that ultimately leads to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. Exceptional performances by Redford and Hoffman are complemented by Jason Robards as the dubious but supportive executive editor at the Post, and Hal Holbrook's celebrated characterization of mysterious inform...
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Director: Alan J. Pakula
Release Date: 1976
MPAA Rating: PG
DVD Release Date: Warner Home Video (October 27, 1998)
Runtime: 2hr 19min
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