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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
- Good movie..
For someone who does not understand politics and how our "elected" officials could be dishonest, it gives a good insight....more info
- Definitive Film of the 1970s!
All The President's Men recounts the origins of the exposure of the Watergate scandal; it focuses on the nebbish Bernstein and plucky Woodward and their unraveling of the facts that ultimately brought down an entire presidency. This film has proven to be one of the most influential and memorable films of the 1970s, and to this viewer, with much reason.
The notorious journalists are portrayed by Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford, two matinee-idols of their time that provide a likeable, warm contrast as the reporters who stop at nothing to bring the story to the news front. Hoffman's chain smoking Bernstein is a ruthless journalism veteran against Redford's well-kept, green Woodward. Their chemistry is palpable and subtle and throughout the film they act as a machine in their journey to headline news triumph.
The direction provided by Alan Pakula is intelligent and functional. By far one of the best cinematic images of the 1970s is captured in the film when Hal Holbrook, as Deep Throat, lights up a cigarette in the dark, cavernous parking garage where he is first met. The contrast of light and dark, big and small, and urban and nature, all provide much to the mood of the film: the obstacles that Bernstein and Woodward had to face were real, cold, and gargantuan. Large buildings juxtaposed with the small men force the viewer to realize what a task they are undertaking when attempting to expose the wrong-doings of the United States government.
A modern viewer can also appreciate the film for its accurate depiction of life in the era of the 1970s. The harsh realities of technology are apparent in the wild goose hunt the reporters must barrel through to find their facts, names, and numbers. The film accurately depicts the mess of paper the men had to go through- modern viewers can appreciate modern amenities such as Google and caller I.D. when watching Hoffman and Redford struggle through the amalgam of hard copy information.
The screenplay, written by William Goldman, is terse, witty, and incredibly appropriate for the fast nature of the film. Goldman is utterly aware at all moments that the audience viewing the film realizes the facts of the situation, while entertaining them simultaneously with interesting character interactions most Americans have never dreamt of being able to see.
All The President's Men ultimately provides the American audience with some perspective on why dissent in government is necessary at moments, and what exactly our citizens go through during their rebellions against corruption.
Subtle and definitely most intriguing. Hoffman does it so well with his unyielding enthusiasm to find the truth but without a clue what the consequences will be. Redford is almost as focused in his role despite facing Hoffman's theories with skepticsim. This still begs the question, "Is the government that powerful and fearsome?"...more info
- Good movie
The Watergate Scandal in the early 70s was one of the biggest events in political history. The movie however, was even better to watch. The movie really tells the whole story inside and out. It gives deep details like the money that was found in the bag when the men were busted to the books that were checked out in the public library by the men invovled. But what really makes this movie as good as it is, are Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford.
Hoffman and Redford were two very good to play the roles of the journalists Woodward and Bernstein. These two men have totally different approaches to writing this story but if it had only been one of these men, the story never would have been written. Bernstein had more of an approach to force information out of someone. Where Woodward has the approach to kind of ease his way into their head and talk them into getting the information they need.
It was realy interesting watching these two men deal with eachother in different ways. I could always sense the tention between them but the fact that they were both very determind and focused, they wrote an amazing story....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 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
- ....excellent rendition from the newspaper's point of view
This all occurred over such a long period of time. Having lived it I often lost track of exactly what happened when. This movie spells it out succintly and in order of occurrence. Anyone who wonders what the whole story was and who said what should watch this particular movie....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.
- Modern History & Popular Culture Assignment
Movie Review: All The Presidents Men
In the 1976 feature All The Presidents Men, which highlights the dramatic efforts to uncover the secretes behind the break-in of the Democratic National Headquarters at the Watergate Hotel; Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford portray The Washington Post journalists who eventually exposed the scandal. Today now widely known for their journalistic persistence Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein can be accredited for divulging the involvement and cover-up of President Nixon and his closest officials.
The film is a mystery yet not in the traditional sense, wherefore the majority of the films views already understand the outcome. However, the films dynamic revelations seem surprising and its story tense exemplifies a fine example of compelling filmmaking. Additionally, the abundance of authentic evidence exhibited in the film well documents this historic event of our nations history. As an academic assignment, All the Presidents Men can successfully aid in the events leading up to the resignation of President Nixon for their existence in textbooks are detached.
Arguably, All The Presidents Men represents one of the most thorough political films of our society and further perhaps one of the best film portraits of newspaper journalism history. ...more info
- 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
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
- 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
- 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.
- 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!
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- All the President's Men (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Excellent movie. Bought it as a gift for a film aficionado who loved it....more info
- 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.
- Classic film from a classic era
Suspense filled scenes of drama. Unrelenting acts of confrontational dialogue. Contrasting images of a nation torn apart by scandal. These are all but a few of the elements brought upon an audience with the fortunate ability to witness this well paced political thriller adapted by screenwriter William Goldman from the now infamous expose of Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. `All the Presidents Men', originally released in 1976, seems more like a `call to arms' for Americans disgruntled with the modern day political machine then it does with telling the ordinary story of two newspaper reporters supposedly on the edge of one of the greatest cover-ups our nation has ever seen.
Classic film actor Robert Redford stars as the pensive yet energetic Woodard, a man torn between getting a great story and fulfilling his moral obligation to the greater good of society. Bernstein, played diligently by a young looking Dustin Hoffman, drives the film at a steady pace deserving of an Oscar, only looking back to really contemplate his own indiscretions at the cost of bringing down the U.S. Presidency. As we now know through history's pages, the outcome of such endeavors accomplished by these tenacious Washington Post reporters would have drastic consequences on President Nixon and his untimely address to the American people to present his resignation from public office.
In the end `All the Presidents Men' could easily be one of the most rewarding instances of a mainstream news media outlet holding government officials accountable for the criminal actions of their leader. Regardless of whether or not you agree with the timing of such exposure for a nation ill-ridden with the dilemma of Vietnam and a seemingly problematic Foreign Policy, using our constitutional right of free speech in the press to unravel governmental conspiracies should always remain precedent. Woodward and Bernstein worked hard to find the truth, and I have to say...I agreed with every minute of it.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- Dogged persistence can move mountains
Two junior reporters at the Washington Post are assigned to cover what seems an innocuous story - a break in at the Democratic Party headquarters in Washington. Their credentials are not great: Robert Woodward has only been on the paper nine months, Carl Bernstein is on the verge of being fired for his sloppiness in completing stories in time for deadlines. Woodward (Redford) goes to cover the arraingment of the burglars and becomes suspicious when he discovers they seemed to obtain their own defence counsel without a phone call. And there is something odd about the way the men state their names to the judge. Woodward hunches down, brows knitted, notebook in hand and listens - 'Bernard Barker, anticommunist...' All the men turn out to have CIA ties. The Post's editors, Harry Rosenfeld and Howard Simon assign the dogged Woodward to pursue the story, teaming him up with Bernstein (Hoffman) who is a more intiutive reporter - a left field, lateral thinker with a charming gappy grin.
Together, through dogged persistence, they follow the story in the months up to the re-election of Nixon in a landslide in 1972. At that point their stories have created a big ripple in the political world - the ultimate outcome, of course, would be colossal.
All the Presidents Men is a great (perhaps the greatest) journalism movie. Back in the early 70s, there were no computers, emails, cellphones. Just manual typewriters, finger dial landlines, smoking in offices and checked shirts. Woodward and Bernstein search through reams of library records, check and double check names and sources. Woodward resorts to having his leads confirmed or denied by the mysterious 'deep throat' - a noir type figure, high up in the CIA, who lurkes in deserted garages at night. Eventually, they publish their stories, which are of course vigorously rebutted by White House officials. The stakes are huge - the reputation of the Washington Post, the lives of Woodward and Bernstein, the freedom of the press. Get it wrong, and the results are catastrophic. But get it right - pursue the story doggedly, expose the truth...
The effects are siesmic. The story of Woodward and Bernstein inspired legions of young journalists - watch this movie and find out why. ...more info
- All the President's Men
Though you never glimpse anyone playing Nixon, this Oscar-nominated film documents how the power of the press and determination of two young journalists brought down this president, who two years prior had won re-election by the widest margin in history. Faithfully adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning book authored by these reporters, the movie is more exciting than fiction, and the starring triumvirate of Redford, Hoffman, and Robards merge seamlessly with their real-life counterparts....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.
- All the President's Men is Fantastic
In the 1970's, the biggest scandal of the time was the Watergate Scandal involving President Nixon. At the time, the story didn't seem like a big deal but two journalists for the Washington Post were determined to break the story and expose to America what really happened and why in the summer of 1972. "All the President's Men" is the story of these two journalists, Carl Bernstein, played by Dustin Hoffman and Bob Woodward, played by Robert Redford, as they dug deeper into the scandal and go further than anyone was willing to go in order to prove that President Nixon was in fact guilty.
"All the President's Men" is an accurate portrayal of what really happened, through long interrogating sessions with possible suspects and people on the inside, to the criticism and disapproval of their story from their editors. This movie showed just how hard it was to break the story and get all the facts and names of the people involved.
From time to time, it was hard to focus on what was actually going on because it got confusing but other than some clarification issues, the movie was amazing and showed what it takes to but a good journalist. Before the movie, I didn't really understand Watergate and what exactly went on, but learned quite a bit from the movie about the scandal. I highly recommend this movie....more info
- corruption among "All The Presidents Men"
In the 1976 film "All The Presidents Men" Carl Bernstein, played by Dustin Hoffman, and Bob Woodward, played by Robert Redford, investigated to the max to uncover the Watergate scandal. The movie was well made and it showed off the skills the two reporters had. The director Alan Pakula used interesting camera angles and used the dark lights of a garage to portray the man known as deep throat. All together the movie was a successful movie made from the Watergate scandals.
In the film Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford played the roles of two Washington Post reporters. The pair investigated the Watergate scandal while never revealing any of the sources they had. Robert Redford used a secret source known to the rest of the United States as deep throat (Hal Holbrook). The two reporters play the role of investigators of something that no one else even believes to be a story worth reporting. They stuck it out and began to uncover the scandal.
The movie was well made and is a good watch for any political drama lover. It shows an event that went on in the United States and that changed the presidency in the early 70's. the good camera angles and amazing lighting also add to the movies success. All together a good movie.
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- 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