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- All The President's Men
The book was a very famous expose of some misdeeds from the Nixon White House, which sounds like a damn lame premise for a movie. Please excuse me for saying that, but it does. This was like so thirty years ago, and all politics bores me to sleep, and you don't need to convince me that Republicans can't be trusted because I already know that. I trust no one sleazy enough to win an election.
The premise SOUNDS lame. In fact, it's excellent. Redford and Hoffman back when Hollywood knew how to make a good compelling film of political importance. It should be mandatory viewing in schools and the Bush household. Dramatic, darkly humorous in the right places, screenwriters with a strong ear for dialogue, and just an all-around cool movie. ...more info
- All Of The President's Problems
The movie begins with a clip out of history. Fitting, you'd think, seeing as this is a film based off of History and several Points of View. The clip fades away and the story begins. A busy office building filled with News Reporters, young and old, experienced and just out of school first timers fills the viewing screen. A perfect atmosphere for a scandal uncovered by the effort of two Reporters.
So let us quickly analyze this movie, starting with the altogether effects. Lighting. The lighting of the altogether movie was decent. Things were respectively lit for certain occasions and usually they worked. When Deep Throat is included, though, the lighting changes for a different effect. Alas, this effect, which one would assume is to create an air of mystery, merely makes Deep Throat look molding. The images that triggered in my mind were the pictures a person usually experiences in a horror movie: something of rotting corpses in the depths of large bodies of water. Blue, old and unwanted. This air of "decaying" could have been altered, but is really the only qualm one can find to complain about in the area.
Now then, onto acting. The casting was down perfectly. Hoffman was perfect for the role of Bernstein: energetic and ruthless. Dustin Hoffman has always been able to pull this persona off, as seen through a myriad of his later movies such as Outbreak. Redford for Woodward was also a wise choice. He seems unsure about his position but determined to achieve what he's set out to accomplish. Perfect. The portrayals of the other characters are also well fitted. The cast had chemistry; they mixed well instead of exploding in your face like a room full of hormone driven teenagers starving for attention.
So how did the script flow? Pretty well. From beginning to end, I was able to keep a hold on what information I'd been fed and what was happening in the story. Occasionally I got lost or confused, but we'll blame that on my short attention span and mutli-tasking efforts for the time being. There isn't much I can actually pick at in the final product of the story. The director made things flow, from interagation to interagation and deadline to deadline. Bernstein and Woodward were believable and their efforts eventually fell into place.
The only major problem with the altogether film was the Ending. From the busy office of the Washington Post you were taken to the busy mechanics of a type writer, going mad with information. And then the screen fades to silent credits. There was no soundtrack, so the credits and their silence fell into place with the altogether effect that the lack of music created. No, the problem was left with the last image. While viewers should understand that there was quite sometime before an actual conclusion and definite answer to the scandal was reached and that this is an attempt to illustrate this, the viewers should be left with something a bit more thought provoking. A suggestion from the depths of my mind would be ending with the same way they started; with a clip from history. One such clip that would end the film on the right note would have been that of President Nixon at the podium, claiming, "I am not a crook." And then fading from there. As viewers would know, he lied quite definitely. Nixon was in fact a crook and the efforts of the two glorified reporters in "All the President's Men" kicked off the discovery and revealed it to the Public.
All in all, with the exception of a few mishaps that are altogether forgiveable, "All the President's Men" is a worth a watch film. It clues the younger generation in on the actual uproar about the scandal. "So the president lied? Don't all people?" is usually the response from a student who merely hears about the Watergate scandal over and over again. The movie hits home and brings to light the trouble Nixon dug himself into as well as the efforts two reporters went to for the truth to be revealed to the Nation....more info
- In My Opinion
I saw this movie when it came out and it was great. As for the disc and all the extras, well, they just don't mean that much to me. I really don't care if there are extras, or if it is widescreen or standard. The movie is what matters and this is a can't miss movie....more info
- All The President's Men Lessons
The movie "All The President's Men" has lessons that pass the test of time. Have used the film as a teaching tool for journalism students and highly recommend it. Two young men faced all the adversities thrown at them from the highest office in the land, and brought truth into the spotlight. Above all else, they also brought down the president of the United States....more info
- All The Presidents woMen
Every decade has a movie that defines its most dramatic event. In 1976 that movie that defined the 1972's Watergate Conspiricy came out. All The Presidents Men focused on the reelection of President Nixon in 1972. The movie retells the story of two real life main characters Woodward and Bernstien who were journalist for the Washington Post. The film recaptures the difficult struggle in peicing together the Watergate Conspiricy for the two journalist. Exciting?
Here is the story line...Watergate occurs, Woodward and Bernstein want to figure this conspiricy out, the journalist find 20 souces or so, and they type the story. Not a very exciting story line, but what can I say, it's a historical drama. In any drama it is important to include a love story. (It's Not Included in this) In any drama without a love story or violence you should include lots of symbolism to keep everyone interested. I found only one instance, when Bernstein questions his sources he always smokes. He lights all his ciggerettes by the matches of his sources. This represents the information he is borrowing from his sources. If there is a climax anywhere it's when Woodward speaks to Deep Throat, the main source of information. How is this a climax? because the scene is dark, Deep Throat has a fun name and it's secretive. WooHooo!
My sarcasm means...Where is the death, the destruction, the sex and the violence. This movie is all talk, no action. My satisfaction asks for the taste of blood and more Deep Throating. Who should of stared as Woodward? Chuck Norris. Norris has the hair and the nice gentle attitude in getting information. Who should of played Bernstein? John ClaudeVanDam. VanDam has the right aggresive technique in pulling information from criminals. These two actors could of made a slightly more exciting movie. I wish they would of, that way I wouldn't have bored myself with this drama that lacked a love story. WHODOESTHAT
- All The President's Bores...
In the 1976 film, "All The President's Men" Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman portray the two legendary journalists (Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, respectively) who first broke the Watergate scandal.
The film focuses moslty on the build up to the break, illustrating the journalists contrast in their approaches to get information (in one scene Bernstein tricks a woman into verifying information by pretending that another source already named names. When the woman agrees and even ADDS to the information, Bernstein knows that his information was correct) and their struggle to go against the government in an attempt to uncover the truth.
Though the story itself is quite interesting, the film does little to hold the viewers attention. Most scenes include little to no movement, merely bland dialouge between characters occasionally punctuated by a tid bit of information about another character...information that was already suspected and merely needed to be confirmed.
The film stops short of what had the potential to be the most interesting part of the film: the trial of those involved. Instead, the film closes as it opens: with information being displayed as it is being typed on a typewritter. A rather weak conclusion to, what basically is, two hours of information gathering.
All in all this film would be of intrest to those who have a real passion for reasearching, making calls, and taking notes...and that's about all it would be of interest to....more info
- All The President's Men SE (R1) in February
Don't bother purchasing the current dvd. See what is coming soon:
Warner Home Video have announced the Region 1 DVD release of All The President's Men (Two-Disc Special Edition for 21st February 2006 priced at $26.99 SRP. The Academy Award winning motion picture about the Watergate burglary investigation that ultimately brought down the administration of Richard Nixon will arrive from Warner in two-disc special edition form in the same week as President's Day.
Newly remastered, the DVD bonus materials include commentary by Robert Redford (a first in his distinguished career), vintage featurettes including a making of the film and an interview with Jason Robards from the Dinah Shore show, as well as a new featurette about "Deep Throat" Mark Felt, whose identity was only recently revealed.
Commentary by Robert Redford
Telling the Truth About Lies: The Making of All the President's Men
Out of the Shadows: The Man Who Was Deep Throat
Woodward and Bernstein: Lighting the Fire
Vintage featurette Pressure and the Press: The Making of All the President's Men
Vintage Jason Robards interview excerpt from Dinah!, hosted by Dinah Shore
Alan J. Pakula thrillers trailer gallery...more info
- The Power of Investigative Journalism
For those of us who weren't old enough to remember Watergate, this is an ideal way to learn about how it unfolded and what its implications were (are) for our political system. One gains an appreciation for the perseverance and doggedness of "Washington Post" reporters Woodward and Bernstein as they pieced together the scandal that brought down President Nixon.
Redford and Hoffman's acting is excellent, pace is good....more info
- Hardwork pays off
A film based on history is often hard to make entirely true, especially when the films main plot is corruption and lies. In All the President's Men, a film about the break in at the Democratic headquarters, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein are spotlighted as they break the story to the Washington Post about the corruption in the White House. The diligence and hard work of these two reporters marks the ending an era for President Nixon.
This films stars two Hollywood greats. Dustin Hoffman portrays Bernstein, a more established writer with a keen sense of acquiring the truth while his counterpart is played by Robert Redford. Redford depicts the sophisticated Bob Woodward, who at first, breaks the story to the Post. In the beginning, the story seemed very far-fetched, but with the persistence of these two men, the story started to make front- page news. These two actors were a perfect match up for the dup of Bernstein and Woodward.
Having known only the basics about this historical event, All the Presidents Men was a great way to reassure all of my beliefs. After watching this film, I had a better understanding of the corruption that took place in Washington and the aftermath of the situation. The actions of Bernstein and Woodward almost seemed surreal because they were so strong-minded in their pursuit for the truth. It was fascinating to see the progression of the story as well as the culmination of the Watergate scandal. I had never known the behind the scenes action of Watergate and now it is all comprehensible that the pursuit for a good story brought down a President.
All in all, this film was beneficial to watch if you enjoy the twists behind politics and journalism. You might be taken back by the short ending in which the film culminates by the conviction and verdict of those involved in the scandal. This film definitely deserves to be seen, especially to those who are interested in learning more about this historical event. All the Presidents Men is not only an entertaining movie, but also an educational film. Enjoy!
- The story that shook the nation
"All the presidents men" still attains a good level of steam despite its age. After all, it's not about the bells and whistles that could have made this story more dramatic, it's about the actual events and people that made it happen! The Watergate scandal is a household word and at the time of its unfurling, not only did it shake some foundations, but it ultimately led to the resignation of a president.
The year it all starts is 1972. There is a break in at the Watergate apartment complex, in which five Cuban Nationalists are caught red handed in the Democratic Party Headquarters. Two young, practically no-name reporters at the Washington Globe named Carl Bernstein (played by Dustin Hoffman) and Bob Woodward (played by Robert Redford) soon are on what seems like an empty, junk assignment. Things quickly change as they begin to uncover a larger picture that implicates party campaign funding, high elected officials, and ultimately several different agencies including the FBI and CIA.
Woodward soon befriends a man he met in the early court proceedings of the burglars. Woodward's boss later refers to the man as "Deep Throat". Deep Throat is a man high up in the annals of Washington D.C. politics, and meets secretly and often with Woodward to give him hints that help lead Woodward in the direction of what would become the biggest cover up in forever. Bernstein is a guy who is leery of Woodward at first, but together the two make an impeccable team as they hit the street and begin chasing the paper, and the money to the root cause of the burglary. Jason Robards also stars as their Editor Ben Bradlee. Bradlee is reluctant to support the dangerous stories of diabolical cover-ups that Woodward and Bernstein find, but ultimately supports them through to the end. Silenced witnesses, liars, surveillance, and actions that could ultimately lead to their very death follow Woodward and Bernstein and they begin to put together the clues that would ultimately implicate the Nixon Administration.
Superb Film. Despite its age, it is graced with a great cast led by Hoffman and Redford. The dark meetings in the parking garage added to the mystique of who exactly "Deep Throat" was, and if its even close to the truth, my hat is off to the reporters and their informant for seeking the truth that would ultimately be met by a wall that was build much higher than just on the Watergate break in.
It's in the past. Since then there have been other covers ups and presidential mishaps. It is presumed "Deep Throat" may no longer be alive, and President Nixon himself has passed away. Still, The Watergate scandal is an interesting story to go back to, and its told well in this film adoption. The way the characters of Woodward and Bernstein are expressed only strengthens their overall will and courage to not necessarily tell a story, but to tell the absolute truth of it as well....more info
- All The Presiden's Men
This 1976 historical film depicting the events leading to the fall of a President is far from exciting or thrilling and merely borders on interesting. Actors Dustin Hoffman who plays Berstein, and Robert Redford who plays his fellow journalist, gave only decent performances as the diligent reporters who cracked the Watergate scandal.
The story portrayed in the film is one that leaves room for thrilling encounters, and exciting and mysterious scenes. Unfortunately, it is soarly lacking in all of the above. The plot moved in a slow, layed back pace. A lack of backround music to mysterious scenes, such as those with Deep Throat, only helped to enhance the boring factor.
The acting too was far from spectacular. Both main actors gave only mediocre performances, lacking in spice and borderline lacking in good talent. Thanks to Robert Redford's refreshingly youthful and attractive appearance, the film is bareable to watch. However, if You are looking for a good sleeper, I highly recomend this unusually boring film, All the president's Men!
- Still great after all these years...
Bob Woodward, one of the real-life heroes in the movie, is still making news while reporting news at The Washington Post. That's amazing. I used to be a reporter, and still am a Democrat, (although a moderate now), and I never was a fan of President Nixon, so I loved it when it came out, I loved the book first, and I was glued to the TV set and the papers when the whole Watergate mess unfolded. But ignore politics if you can when watching this...there are crooks in both major parties, and [...], and dumb people promoted above their talents. This is well-written, well directed, and well-acted, and can be enjoyed just as entertainment here in the new century. Sadly, the Clinton Years and the Bush Years, too, offer the realization that Watergate-type conspiracies, designed to hold onto power, avoid scandal, or launder money, are still with us....more info
- Truly Great Journalism Movie
What more can be said about, arguably, the greatest journalism movie of all time? I work as as reporter and, the longer I do it, the more I see how on the nose this film gets it. This, admittedly, may bias me toward the film. It, and the story of Woodward and Bernstein, did have at least some influence on a generation of kids going into journalism school. Which, I think, only speaks to how right "All the President's Men" got it. Watch it. It's great drama, a great portrayal of a working newsroom and an important piece of America's history. Good stuff. ...more info
- Unfortunately A Dud
I ordered 15 DVD's from amazon.com and this was the only one that does not work and in fact caused problems with the DVD player. So unfortunately, the quality of the particular CD I received is extremely poor. All the rest of the DVD's ordred are in excellent shape.All the President's Men (Two-Disc Special Edition)...more info
- All the President's Men Rule!
Though released in 1976, rather shortly after the event occurred, All the President's Men encapsulates the events of Watergate with stunning accuracy and detail through the acting as well as the actual plot.
As played by Dustin Hoffman, Carl Bernstein represents the rather manipulative "down and dirty" half of the reporting duo. In real life, Bernstein remarkably uses cunning and wit to get to the bottom of every story, in a rather scheming manner. Dustin plays this shaggy haired, grizzly, ambitious veteran reporter and acts perfectly on cue with the real Bernstein's mannerisms using great accuracy. Hoffman portrays his slightly obsessive controlling nature, and how takes the best of him carrying him to his desired outcome-all the while puffing on a cigarette.
The newcomer Bob Woodward, as played by Robert Redford, plays the moral half of the reporting twosome. Not only does his acting accurately depict Woodward, but even down to his physical features, Redford plays Woodward to a tee. The ethical, clean-cut boy and his mop of yellow blonde hair depict the wholesome attitude of the character. He often insists on following a patterned structure, and "doing things right" which helps to counter balance the spontaneous and go-getting Bernstein.
Not only was the acting phenomenal, but when one contemplates the simple fact that the event had just occurred, the details were impeccable. Director Alan J. Pakula paid immaculate attention to not only names, but telephone calls, places of meeting, and the entire sequence of events of unraveling the conspiracy flowed coherently and flawlessly.
This film's greatest attribute can undoubtedly be noted in its preciseness of every event as it logically fell from secrecy to that legendary undeniable front-page article.
- Great, simply great
That's what a political thriller should be - suspenseful, gripping, dynamic, keeping a viewer riveted to the screen for all 138 minutes of its duration even though we know the story very well - its beginning and its inevitable conclusion. That's a great, inspired movie-making from everyone involved. Robert Redford who also produced the film bought the screen rights to Bob Woodward (whom he played) and Carl Bernstein's (Dustin Hoffman) book on the exposure of Watergate conspiracy for $225, 000. Oscar winning screenwriter William Goldman wrote a great screenplay and persuaded Hoffman to play Bernstein. Special mention should go to Alan Pakula whose quiet, masterful and intelligent directing delivered the suspense that the story demands. "All The President's Men" is Pakula's final chapter in what is known as "paranoia trilogy" that also includes "Klute" (1971) and "The Parallax View" (1974). These three films make Pakula one of the most interesting American directors of the 70s.
- Lots of great DVD Extras!
The movie is great and there is a really smart commentary option by Robert Redford. There are also many great extras....more info
- Thirty years later, it's still great --- and still relevant
Movies that are this topical often lose their impact with time, but "All the President's Men" continues to pack a real punch, even after all of these years. Sadly, part of this due to the fact that the abuses of executive power remain all too relevant in our nation, but it is also due in large part to excellent pacing & editing. Simply put, it is a wonderfully crafted film.
Part of the film's greatness is that it works on multiple levels. It is the story of the arrogance of power, but it is also the tale of how arrogance can make people sloppy. It also demonstrates how a couple of relative unknowns on what was then a relatively regional newspaper can, with perserverence, bring down what appeared to be an unassailable administration. Sometimes the little guy really can make a difference. It also captures effectively what a huge risk the principals at the Washington Post were taking by pursuing this story. Had Woodward & Bernstein been unable to connect the dots, their careers, along with the careers of Ben Bradlee et al, would effectively have been finished then & there. This story serves as a reminder for those who might be tempted to take the easy way out & not ask the hard questions.
For my wife & me --- both of us veteran researchers --- this movie also serves as a glance into the past when the Internet was not the medium by which people gleaned information. For those of you who have never known life before the Internet Age, let me point out that Woodward & Bernstein, without the benefit of computers, cell phones, or any other spiffy gadgets, were able to do the research that exposed one of the major coverups of their time. Ironically, privacy restrictions which we take for granted (getting information from the librarian, for example) also didn't exist as barriers for reporters trying to scrounge up some juicy tidbit.
Even if this were a work of fiction, it would still make for gripping viewing. One cannot underestimate the impact this scandal had on the nation, and it would have been a shame if this movie had been bungled in production. Fortunately, it is a classic in every respect....more info
- How Woodward & Bernstein Broke this Story
President Nixon goes to Congress to address the nation. We see men with flashlights in a dark office building. A watchman notices something wrong, and calls the police. Five men in suits are caught during a burglary. Woodward is sent to cover this arrest. Woodward notices the unusual circumstances about these five, and begins to investigate their backgrounds. The film shows how a telephone was used to do this. You hear the tapping from many typewriters, now as obsolete as the sound of hooves on roads. Bernstein calls the library to get a list of books borrowed by Howard Hunt (do they still give out that information?) The denials point to a cover-up. [Note how paper records leave an audit trail; the current use of computers may prevent this.] Their story doesn't have enough facts for the front page.
Woodward makes a phone call to a secret man [who he first called "My Friend"], then gets instructions for a secret meeting. Woodward is told to "follow the money". Bernstein goes to Miami and learns about Mexican checks. One check was given to Maurice Stans, then ended up in the bank account of a Watergate burglar! The film shows how "Wood-Stein" relentlessly search and interview a list of names. [These dollar figures are now way out of date.] Bernstein's low-key questions provide a tutorial on handling a scared witness. Then a tip leads to Segretti and information on more dirty tricks (infiltration of the opposite party). Their report about Haldeman is denied. Woodward meets his secret man and is told whether he is "hot" or "cold". Nixon is re-elected. Woodward and Bernstein continue to follow the story. The Teletype machine begins printing the names of the officials who pled guilty. The last item reports the resignation of Nixon.
Was this another case where an experienced politician failed because his public morality did not match his private life? Did this President believe he could do no wrong and those who object are traitors? What is the lesson for today's America if a President illegally wiretaps people? One unanswered question: what was the state of Nixon's sanity?
The purpose of the break-in was to plant forged documents showing the Democrats took money from foreign interests. The bugging of telephones was to gather dirty facts that could be used to force someone to appear as a false witness to these documents. Bob Woodward's book "The Secret Man" explains more about this political intrigue in Washington. Woodward spent four years in Naval Intelligence and met important people like the future head of the CIA, and a high-ranking member of the FBI.
- A must see
My 12th grade government teacher showed our class this film, and we were all hooked. If you have ever been in a room of thirty some teenagers, you know that its hard to get their attention and keep them quiet. So really, if a bunch of teenagers enjoyed this movie, everyone should consider giving it a chance. It might not be as action packed as some of the movies out today, such as 16 Blocks, but it's gonna keep your attention, so do yourself a favor and atleast rent it, you might find yourself coming back to buy it....more info
- great story
This movie is one of the most unique stories I have ever experienced. Its about true journalism, getting the facts, not analyzing it or manipulating it. Its about getting the truth about one of the greatest, if not the greatest, scandals in American history. Read the book, as well, it goes further in depth....more info
Got this movie because I thought there was a scene that touched on the subject of "Aliens" as mentioned on TV clip of this movie. Never saw the scene, hence felt a little misled. However, movie turned out to be pretty good notwihtstanding the omission....more info
- Good Movie! but...
All the President's Men is one of the few movies without a soundtrack that has managed to keep my attention throughout the entire presentation. Although I have grown up in an entertainment realm where its very common for soundtracks to make the movie (literally), such as Flash Dance, this movie seems to capture the essence of suspense without the loud and sudden (not to mention annoying) sound effects of the pressent day. All the necessary elements of a Historical Drama are present with a splash of journalism.
Robert Redford plays an excellent Woodward. I also recommend his movie The Natural; he always seems to capture the American ambiance in his movies. Dustin Hoffman plays a hard nose journalist who does anything to get the truth. These two are a perfect blend of "good" and "bad" journalist to keep the audience's attention throughout the entire movie.
Even though this movie has a cop-out ending, its still worth at least one viewing. All the President's Men is definitely a movie to rent, not buy.
- Review: All the President's Men
The movie is a shining example of how "Freedom of the Press" is sometimes our only defense against big government. At the time of the "Watergate Trials", I was in my early twenties but did not truly appreciate the events of this period. The movie will take you through this incredible period and will show how perserverence, hard work and just a bit of luck destroyed a presidency. Congratulations to the Washington Post for its gutsy pursuit of justice! Loved this movie!!!!...more info
- Anyone For president
There were not many things I enjoyed about "All The Presidents Men" but I did like the choice of actors for the characters in the movie. Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford were good people to play the parts of Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward. They had very much control over their characters, which probably had a lot to do with the fact that they were alive when this happened so they were already educated on the subject of the movie.
Dustin and Robert worked well together you could just see the chemistry between them in the movie they worked as a very well pair. I was interested in watching them to see exactly how they were going to break the case and how well they would work together on the screen with it. I was very impressed at the real vibe I received from them just by watching the movie. I wasn't very interested in the movie itself just the way the lead characters worked together witch is what kept my attention to watch the movie. That is a very unique quality I don't see much in movies and I was very impressed with Dustin and Robert.
- THEN REDFORD MADE THE KENNEDY-STOLE-1960-ELECTION MOVIE??
"All the President's Men", based on the book by Woodward and Bernstein, was impossible to resist for Redford. Nixon! Oh boy! Again, Hollywood passed up the Kennedy-stole-the-election story. What a shock! You have to hand it to these guys, though; they have talent. "President's" was masterful, thanks in large part to Goldman, who knew how to condense the story. Redford tried to play it close to the vest, and comes close to making it come off as straight and narrow. The actual truth portrayed betrays the lack of objectivity, however, at the Washington Post. Redford is Bob Woodward, a former Navy officer and a Republican. This is revealed to Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) who gives him a furtive look upon learning this shocking truth. Jason Robards is Ben Bradlee, the Post's editor. We all know the story: The DNC is broken into by Cubans with White House phone numbers in their address books, and in investigating the burglary Woodward and Bernstein suspect a larger plot, which they uncover through dogged journalism that cannot be denied. The two writers are shown to be complete heroes. Hal Halbrooke plays "Deep Throat", the White House insider who gives Woodward the leads he needs to keep investigating. To this day his identity is unknown, and it remains entirely plausible that he was invented out of whole cloth.
The story is the story, and there is no room for liberal bias in that. To Redford's credit, he does not demonize the Republicans or sermonize. Implicit threat against the pair are made, but not expanded into anything. G. Gordon Liddy did volunteer to "off" Jack Anderson for revealing CIA assets in the U.S.S.R., but there is no evidence that Nixon's Republicans ever thought about blowing Woodward and Bernstein away. Domestic political murders, as best as I can tell, are the province of the Democrats. Even in Oliver Stone's "JFK", it is Lyndon Johnson who supposedly was in on the plan to kill the President.
The bias in "All the President's Men" is subliminal, but leave it to yours truly to see it. First, there is the acronym CREEP, which stands for Committee to Re-elect the President. There have been numerous such committees over he years, and they always go by the acronym CRP. But Woodward and Bernstein turned it into CREEP. Gotcha. There is also a scene in which Bradlee, who in real life was a drinking buddy (and God knows what else) of Kennedy's, getting the news that the story is progressing and has real legs.
"You run that baby," he tells Woodward and Bernstein, then does little jig as he leaves the office. This is telling. Redford and director Alan Pakula allowed it, probably because it let them impart their own happiness over Nixon's downfall through the character. In another scene, Robards/Bradlee tells the reporters, "There's not much riding on this. Just the First Amendment and the Constitution of the United States."
Now just hoooold on there, Ben. Was Watergate really about the Constitution? Was that august document threatened? This begs the question, Where was Bradlee and Post publisher Katherine Graham when the Constitution really was threatened by their pal JFK, who stole the 1960 election? Where were they when their pal Bobby Kennedy was wiretapping Martin Luther King? Democrat operatives had to break into homes, hotels and offices to wiretap Dr. King just as the Plumbers had to break into Dr. Fielding's office, and Larry O'Brien's. A free press is undoubtedly the cornerstone of Democracy, but it functions best when it is not populated by over-inflated egos who think they are the soul arbiter of freedom of expression....more info
- All the President's Men
The film was excellent and well done. It was suspenseful and kept you guessing until the very end. ...more info
- A classic
I remember seeing this film in the theater. I can still get the shivers in parts when I watch it. A great political thriller, though I admit that the end of the main plotline comes before most of the full story has been revealed. In this way it's like the book: a very enthralling story about their part in the Watergate investigation. Perhaps more interesting now with the revelations about the real identity of Deep Throat. I was glad to find it on DVD to add to our collection....more info
- All the President's Men
The movie "All the Presidents Men" was a fairly good. It was a good portrayal of what really happened in 1976 with Nixon and the Watergate Scandal. They had good information on Watergate and helped explain what exactly happened.
Hoffman played as the reporter Bernstein who was one of the reporters that was determined to expose the truth about the Watergate scandal. He was a character who did not necessarily play by the rules, he guessed and tried to trick people into giving up the information. Redford played his partner in reporting, Woodward. He was the opposite he followed rules and didn't imply anything.
The movie had very explicit details on what really happened and was interesting and intriguing. It is a good way to learn about the Watergate scandal. The only problem is I would rate it PG13 instead of PG because of a lot of explicit language. Overall this move was very good and I would recommend it to people who are looking for an interesting was to learn about the Watergate scandal instead of just reading a boring article about it.
- Re-elect All the President's Men
The 1976 Oscar Award winning film, All the President's Men makes a brilliant attempt at portraying what actually happened at Watergate. The lead actors Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford express two opposite working styles that come together as a success. Carl Bernstein (Hoffman) and Bob Woodward (Redford) are the two Washington Post reporters who come together and manage to reveal what really happened during the break-in at the Watergate Hotel.
Alan Pakula does an outstanding job at recreating the Washington Post newsroom as well as manipulating other details throughout the story. He manages to illustrate what happens when a chain-smoking Bernstein who's been around for years is paired with the youthful Woodward. Together the contrasting approaches transform an overlooked story into the front-page article of the Washington Post.
After studying other books and portrayals of the Watergate break-in, All the President's Men re-establishes the facts that come together to eventually force President Richard Nixon into resignation. The outstanding depiction reinforces the facts that Nixon's reelection committee illegally broke into the Watergate Hotel and set up the opposition.
- A classic!
This movie is a great accompaniment to PBS's recent documentary Watergate Plus: 30 Years later. We watched them back to back as PBS aired them this way as well....more info
- Great Film. Classic Suspense Thriller. Tighly Wound Tension.
One of the best thrillers on film. Superb script, great acting. We know the story, yet it pulls you back in each time you watch this brilliant film. The best part is -- it's all true. The chemistry between Redford and Hoffman is golden. Worth owning on DVD! A snapshot of American history that changed Washington, politics and our country forever. - Chris X. Moloney...more info
- Bremer on the wrecking crew, Nixon staffing terrorists
The newspaper room was alive and bustling with typewriters, we got an inside look at how reporting, editing, journalism to politics works...blah, blah...and so forth, which brings up an interesting question concerning the health of U.S. democracy under re-emergent conditions of clandestine acts of war consorting with a political machine. Maybe overlooking the theft of American elections should be looked on instead as a humanitarian gesture so that America can avoid succession by assassination like that strung from Kennedy, to Nixon to Regan. Don't ever listen to republican whining over measly office break-ins known as `Watergate'. It is an asinine snow job if ever there was. There is no `conspiracy' in arriving at, opening and then leaving a crime scene unprotected so people claiming to be `reporters' can carry away the evidence on a political assassin and plant any evidence they please, Bremer: More FBI pooh-pooh. There is no such thing as hiring muggers to do police crowd control in Manhattan in 1970. The republican party is an illegal Class C, totalitarian organizing. It should be hauled in and broken up before it pulls its next stunt. It is Clear and Present Danger to national security from totalitarianism.
Copping to the lesser charge, actually came after an elaborate effort to posture innocence, when Nixon had to bluster to Flint (the FBI `deep throat' man) while Hoover's successor was away, that the detaining of Bremer should have been more brutal (even swearing for Pete's sake, gosh!). In another instance of primate aggression, Nixon had to thank personally the lunkheads who swung crowbars and wrenches at non-rioting student protestors. This is not a proboscis monkey who should ever have held public office, he would have looked good in stripes, somewhere with plenty of bars. Let me tell'ya, don't ever beat that monkey in a fair election. Not a good idea, and if you're running mate has to be from Texas (due to the way politicians get married off), never choose a man who has Mao and Saddam sized reliefs of himself in his Presidential Library. Why poke fun at his mug handles? Johnson didn't have to worry about `right from wrong', knowing "what `wuz' rite" saves at least half that effort.
One of the slush funded wrecking crew perpetrators intimated their non-involvement by whining about Senate investigation asking familiars if he associated with Bremer. Always whine/deny before being put in the position of making denials. Anthropologists are not certain when planning ahead became a neocortex in those primates, but it seems to have put history in a revisionism spell; whining to steal the banana has become multi-dexterous, `five fingered' in its backward and forward directions. Even CBS'ers `Criminal Minds' has profiled the serial killer's habit of arriving early and often at the scene of their own crime, except that the lone assailant, nut-job model seems to be the chapter on criminal law they prefer above all others. Nixon telephoned a rather heated and timely self exoneration without skipping a beat, amazing the `deep-throat' operative Flint with a verbal lapse of decorum. Preemptive monkeyshine is about all I can call it. Flint's in the clear, has written a book and Bob Woodward has published in 2005, titled "The Secret Man".
If that isn't good enough culpability, the FBI will take care of the more palpable actus rhesus. I mean actus reus, the non-tangential connection to either avoidance, nonfeasance, obstruction, or crime scene, open house tampering free-for-alls: candlestick, lead pipe, dagger, etc. It's important to improve the profile of the covert operative at the most open invitation to do a little trash removal and apartment restoration. Sort of perfect the identity, oh...write down a few emphatic journal entries...get rid of all the conflicting material and information aligning the agent with the political offense itinerary--Muskie.
Did you know our doctrinal separation, supposed to provide the essential element of integrity, accountability, checks and balances has conflicted the appointing of the FBI's director? Not to mention the freaking Supreme Court Justice too!? I'd have to laugh if I didn't own it, along with you.
In "The Secret Man", Woodward skips the mess Flint helped bury in the FBI's litter box surrounding the collusion and assistance to loot/alter the Bremer apartment crime scene investigation zone ; but in the original co-authored "All the President's men", Bernstein and Woodward do faithfully report the FBIs bungling in broad daylight with the nest of an obvious member of the slush-funded competition wrecking crew. Poor boy Bremer seemed to be quite the traveler on his measly $1,600 tax income claim, "stalking several candidates". We have Wikepedia the online free encyclopedia to thank for that citation on Arthur Herman Bremer; however their article blames the apartment owner for the ease of access to the press, not the FBI; Bernstein documents the FBI's arrival and then unattendence for an hour and a half--that's when rummaging was conducted by so called `reporters'. An expense account deficit is not a `conspiracy' (in the modern airhead vulgate), it is called evidence, and it is applied all the time in courts of law. Sorry to spoil the big revisionism on the legal entry in Blacks Law Dictionary, 8th, "Conspiracy"--a whole page of wry variations that is not a work of fiction.
Woodward telephones Flint, at that time the number two man at the FBI, (media diversion revelation since 9-11 ). Flint won't discuss Watergate, even though they have had prior conversation about the Wallace assassination attempt. Flint says not to call him again, meetings are arranged with an outdoor semaphore and note left in Woodward's morning paper.
In the first meeting of the Post's editors we see the demotion of the Bremer-diary story for a story about `McGovern offering the VP spot to everybody' after `The Eagleton Affair'. Never was George Wallace mentioned. Movies distort and attempt to revise history here, with likely planted disinformation. Monetary incentive fits Bremer's apartment doctored profile.
The `Watergate'-construct in American history has and will crumble like the cheap plaster it is, similar to the Valarie Plane deception.
- One of the Best Political Movies Ever
Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman deliver Oscar worthy performances,
while Jason Robards won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in this movie
which is (in my opinion) one of the best "political" films ever made. I'm not even sure if it was nominated for Best Picture, but I have to say...This movie
was better than "Rocky" OK. The movie won four Academy Awards;
The one I mentioned above, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Art Direction, and Best Sound. It's also rated PG, which is strange because they use the word f**k at least 8 times in this movie and nowadays, two uses can get you slapped with an R rating. But the movie opens as we witness four men breaking into the Watergate Building, which we all know was the setting for Democratic National Headquarters. The police show up and catch the men in the act of setting up survelliance/bugging the place and the story shows up
Bob Woodward's (Redford) desk. Woodward is a reporter at The Washington Post who reports the story and then begins to see oddities about it. Why would men break into the Democratic National Headquarters? Who sent them? Etc. Eventually joining in the act of helping him is Carl Bernstein (Hoffman) who begin a thorough investigation of the scandal that begins to turrn up names very high up in government and eventually even The President of the United States, Richard Nixon. Bernstein and Woodward worked their a$$es off to get this story, through apparent death threats and when people wouldn't talk to them, and they got it all right. Robards plays their boss, Ben Bradlee and deserved his Oscar. Another performance that was really good, although his face is almost entirely hidden in shadow is Hal Holbrook as the mysterious Deep Throat. Deep Throat was one of Woodward's informants who apparently worked high up in the government and seemed to know everything about the Watergate cover-up. Except he refused to just give up and information, only hints and could never be directly quoted or even referred to. Woodward, to this day has not given up the identity of Deep Throat or even gave the vaguest idea of who he might've been. Anyway, for a movie about reporters trying to unravel a cover-up, this movie was incredibly entertaining and exciting. It's never boring, it's never dull; both Hoffman & Redford play their parts extraordinarily well, which causes us to like the movie even more. And it's strange too, the movie doesn't end with Nixon resigning; but instead ends with Nixon taking his 2nd Oath of Office. We're given the remainder of the details as they're typed up on a Typewriter. I though the ending was abrupt, but perfect.
- A poor man's "Dick"
I'm sorry, but this movie is clearly nothing more than and overdramaticized and historically inaccurate retelling of the story much more riotiously and enjoyably portrayed in the film "Dick." "Dick" is funny, this is not. I'm sorry, but Dustin Hoffman simply does not have the acting chops to stand up to someone like Kirsten Dunst (or that level of indefatigable cuteness).
Just go rent "Dick" instead. You'll thank me, yourself, and those fine ladies who saved our country....more info