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All the President's Men 1976

  • Alan J. Pakula
  • April 4, 1976
  • 138 mins
  • English
  • Drama, Mystery, Thriller, History
At times it looked like it might cost them their jobs, their reputations, and maybe even their lives.
In the run-up to the 1972 elections, Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward covers what seems to be a minor break-in at the Democratic Party National headquarters. He is surprised to find top lawyers already on the defense case, and the discovery of names and addresses of Republican fund organizers on the accused further arouses his suspicions. The editor of the Post is prepared to run with the story and assigns Woodward and Carl Bernstein to it. They find the trail leading higher and higher in the Republican Party, and eventually into the White House itself.


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Whilst ostensibly a gripping account of the Watergate scandal that ended with Nixon's resignation, this is also a fascinating look at the workings of a newspaper and investigative journalism that feels like a bygone era in a time of 24 hour news where getting the story out first is more important than getting it right. The only downside is that the film leaves you wanting more as it only covers the initial investigations that broke the story, but that is a sign of the quality of the film. Both Redford and Hoffman are outstanding, with great support especially from Robards.

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