All the President's Men

All the President's Men

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Director: Alan J. Pakula

Cast: Alan J. Pakula, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jack Warden


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Conspiracy film specialist Alan J. Pakula turned journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's best-selling account of their Watergate investigation into one of the hit films of Bicentennial year 1976. While researching a story about a botched 1972 burglary of Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergate…  See more details below


Conspiracy film specialist Alan J. Pakula turned journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's best-selling account of their Watergate investigation into one of the hit films of Bicentennial year 1976. While researching a story about a botched 1972 burglary of Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergate apartment complex, green Washington Post reporters
ivals Woodward (Robert Redford, who also exec produced) and Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) stumble on a possible connection between the burglars and a White House staffer. With the circumspect approval of executive editor Ben Bradlee (Jason Robards), the pair digs deeper. Aided by a guilt-ridden turncoat bookkeeper (Jane Alexander) and the vital if cryptic guidance of Woodward's mystery source, Deep Throat (Hal Holbrook), Woodward and Bernstein "follow the money" all the way to the top of the Nixon administration. Despite Deep Throat's warnings that their lives are in danger, and the reluctance of older Post editors, Woodward and Bernstein are determined to get out the story of the crime and its presidential cover-up. Once Bradlee is convinced, the final teletype impassively taps out the historically explosive results.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Bruce Kluger
Hollywood customarily takes its time to plumb history, waiting decades -- or even centuries -- to explore the real-life drama of, say, the Vietnam War. But in the case of All the President's Men, director Alan J. Pakula set a particularly high bar for himself, depicting a complex chapter of American political history only two years after the actual events had transpired. Based on the prize-winning book by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the story details the step-by-step investigation of the Watergate scandal that led to the 1974 resignation of President Richard Nixon. In preparing for their roles, Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman did formidable legwork researching the intrepid journalists, and their efforts paid off -- Redford conjuring to perfection Woodward's fastidious, almost irksome, penchant for exactitude; Hoffman painting Bernstein as a charming (if a bit reckless) go-getter with an eye for good copy and attractive women. And Jason Robards brings the right blend of grumpiness and grit to the role of Post editor Ben Bradlee. The story has a tragic inevitability -- from an absurdly bungled break-in at an office building to the systematic crumbling of a presidential administration -- which Pakula captures vividly in this edge-of-your-seat political thriller.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Following Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's book, director Alan Pakula and scripter William Goldman make this film a dynamic detective yarn, even though everyone already knows the ending, by covering only the reporters' investigation of the scandal and keeping the administration criminals offscreen. The reporters may be able to expose the truth this time, but who knows what other government conspiracies remain in the shadows. With a heightened realist style that recreated the Washington Post newsroom down to its garbage, All the President's Men became a popular and critical success, indicating that the public had not yet tired of the Watergate story -- at least when it featured Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman. Despite winning several critics' prizes, All the President's Men lost the Best Picture Oscar to Rocky, although it did pick up awards for Robards, Goldman, and its meticulous art direction. Cannily appealing to both an audience's desire for a "happy" ending and the 1970s knowledge of that ending's limitations, All the President's Men told a true-life suspense tale about the triumph of a free press, even though what Woodward and Bernstein exposed about Richard Nixon's White House was hardly reassuring.

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Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by Robert Redford; Alan J. Pakula thrillers trailer gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dustin Hoffman Carl Bernstein
Robert Redford Bob Woodward
Jack Warden Harry Rosenfeld
Martin Balsam Howard Simons
Hal Holbrook Deep Throat
Jason Robards Ben Bradlee
Stephen Collins Hugh Sloan, Jr.
Ned Beatty D.A. Dardis
Penny Fuller Sally Aiken
John McMartin Foreign Editor
Robert Walden Donald Segretti
Frank Wills Frank Wills
Allyn Ann McLerie Carolyn Abbot
F. Murray Abraham 1st Arresting Officer
David Arkin Bachinski
Meredith Baxter-Birney Debbie Sloan
Henry Calvert Barker
Dominic Chianese Martinez
Bryan Clark Arguing Attorney
Stanley Clay Assistant Metro Editor
Nicolas Coster Markham
Lindsay Crouse Kay Eddy
Valerie Curtin Miss Milland
John Devlin Metro Editor
Gene Dynarski Clerk
Nate Esformes Gonzales
John Furlong Newsdesk Editor
Richard Herd McCord
Basil Hoffman Assistant Metro Editor
Polly Holliday Dardis' Secretary
Jamie Smith Jackson Post Librarian
James Karen Hugh Sloan's Lawyer
Paul Lambert National Editor
Frank Latimore Judge
Gene Lindsey Baldwin
Jeff MacKay Reporter
Anthony Mannino Arresting Officer
Christopher Murray Photo Aide
James Murtaugh Library Clerk
John O'Leary Attorney
Jess Osuna FBI Man
Neva Patterson Angry Woman
George Pentecost George
Penny Peyser Sharon Lyons
Louis Quinn Salesman
John Randolph Actor
Joshua Shelley Al Lewis
Sloane Shelton Bookkeepper's Sister
Richard Venture Assistant Metro Editor
Ralph Williams Ray Steuben
Wendell Wright Assistant Metro Editor
George Wyner Attorney
Jane Alexander Bookkeeper

Technical Credits
Alan J. Pakula Director
Bob Woodward Author,Source Author
Richard Alexander Sound/Sound Designer
Jon Boorstin Producer
Walter Coblenz Producer
Les Fresholtz Sound/Sound Designer
George P. Gaines Set Decoration/Design
William Goldman Screenwriter
George Jenkins Production Designer
Art Levinson Asst. Director
Arthur Piantadosi Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Redford Producer
David Shire Score Composer
Jim Webb Sound/Sound Designer
Gordon Willis Cinematographer
Robert Wolfe Editor

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- All the President's Men
1. The President Arrives [2:09]
2. Burglary Discovered [4:36]
3. Post Night Shift [1:18]
4. The Arraignment [4:12]
5. HH at WH [5:47]
6. Whose Story is It? [1:57]
7. Editorial Help [3:21]
8. Hunt's Taste In Books [7:06]
9. Harder Information Needed [2:57]
10. Deep Throat [7:29]
11. Down to Dade County [5:50]
12. Money Trail [7:26]
13. Budget Meeting [3:32]
14. No Luck? Get Some [:42]
15. Committee to Reelect [2:24]
16. The Way They're Not Talking [7:00]
17. The Bookkeeper [5:50]
18. Alphabet Soup [7:32]
19. Slush-Fund Overseers [6:10]
20. "Just Be Sure You're Right" [3:53]
21. Mitchell Responds [:57]
22. Matter of Trust [1:43]
23. Plot Before Watergate: Segretti [4:27]
24. "Of Course Mitchell Knew" [5:10]
25. Deputy Director Was Indiscreet [5:14]
26. Nailing the Fifth Man [4:30]
27. Attacks From High Places [7:22]
28. "Your Lives Are In Danger" [4:36]
29. What's Riding on This [5:24]
30. Inauguration Day [1:10]
31. Across the Teletype [3:03]
32. End Credits [1:28]

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All the President's Men 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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This is a tremendously far reaching story, the story that toppled a presidency, but this film appropriately reflects the uncertainty that Woodward and Bernstein went through to get this story (and the courage they summoned to ultimately bring down an administration), their struggles, and their triumphs. A brilliant reminder of the importance of journalistic integrity and grit.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Superb acting from total cast along with great direction make this movie in the all-time ''must see'' category. This movie tells a complex story in such a way that viewers are glued to the screen even though the outcome is known by all. Not only is the story well told, but we are all able to get a good view of the inner operations of a major newspaper and appreciate the hard decisions that have to be made daily.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As I watched and listened to the news;Deep Throat revealed; Nixon's voice came over the tapes questioning whether a person is a Catholic and learning he was a Jew! It made the movie more important than ever. That the newspaper heads and 2 unknown reporters had the guts to stick it out;but more importantly Redford had the guts to bring the American people a superb movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a testament to the film's creative people [particularly director Alan Pakula, producer Robert Redford, and screenwriter William Goldman] that they stuck to the story and didn't make this some sort of paranoid, foaming-at-the-mouth political drama [if you want that, go rent Oliver Stone's ''Nixon'']. There's more than enough drama to go around in the story of Woodstein's reporting on the Watergate scandal, as it gradually evolved from a 'third-rate burglary' to the far-reaching campaign of personally destructive politics that toppled the Nixon administration. Only a writer as gifted as Goldman and a director as solid as Pakula could make the mundane bits of reporting -- like flipping through thousands of library slips -- seem as dramatic as the clandestine meetings between Woodward and Deep Throat. The performances are outstanding, especially Jason Robards' Oscar-winning turn as the Washington Post's Ben Bradlee. A definite modern classic, and a damn good film about how good journalism used to be.
HammerCastle More than 1 year ago
The wounds of the Nation's Watergate scandal had barely closed when the Politically savvy,Robert Redford,bought the rights to the definative book written by the 2 Men who took down the U.S. Government.Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein wrote the book and the biggest Box Office draws wanted in...
Robert Redford as Woodward and Dustin Hoffman as Bernstein.Jason Robards as Ben Bradlee all bring the Nation's headlines to the big screen.
The Film should be required viewing of all Reporters, as it plays out like a Documentary.Who knew that 2 Reporters following leads could be so tense and exciting.Especially ...since You know how it turns out !
ChandlerSwain More than 1 year ago
"All the President's Men" manages to do several things at once. As a piece of history, with minor dramatic additions (usually in the dialogue), it hones closer to, not only the facts of the story, but the moral tone of the story (more about this later) than most cinematically depicted historical events, especially one as fresh in the mind of the audience at the time of it's release (The events depicted began a mere four years before the release of the film!). As a representation of the non-fiction source book by Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein the film manages, through an uncharacteristically intelligent, straightforward piece of screenwriting by William Goldman, to clarify an intensely complex mystery into a linear narrative without skimping on the labyrinthine permutations of the investigation. Also, it was a magnet for a generation of would-be and already practicing journalists to consider there were new rewards possible in the profession: designation as "superstar" celebrity journalists. (This was an important turning point with ramifications still being felt globally, the irony being that a solid piece of reportage would lead to the continuing erosion of quality journalism in the shadow of shallow media self-glorification; more ironically still, this being one of the many prescient warnings in that same year's remarkably prophetic "Network") What may be lost in all of these considerations, is that this Alan J. Pakula film is by any standard a smashing entertainment. Rarely has a Hollywood film treated it's subject and the intelligence of it's audience with equal respect. Without a false move, the film follows the two intrepid reporters (solidly portrayed by Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman) as they arduously unravel a "third-rate burglary" at the Watergate into a national scandal, always under the intimidating watch of the senior editorial staff, played by Martin Balsam, Jack Warden and especially Jason Robards in an Oscar-winning turn as editor Ben Bradlee. (Some of the most satisfying moments in the picture involve Robards JUST LISTENING; this fine actor revealing a virtual Thespian's textbook on the art of conveying thought onscreen, something taken for granted by audiences but a genuine rarity in practice.) The myriad points of revelation depicted in the film unceasingly depict a moral corruption as a result of the investigation; not by the reporters, or even the direct perpetrators of the vast conspiracy, but of the targets of their daily personal interviews. Digging out each individual detail begins resembling chipping away at a boulder with a dull spoon. Rarely if ever are they ever given a straight answer, with increased games of evasion, as if "hinting" at a confessional detail carries the same moral weight as open honesty.(This is especially true of Bernstein's encounters with his confidential source, the mysterious "Deep Throat".) This is a rather dispairing point to make but one that rings with clarion truth. This is not to say the film is a downer; on the contrary it is stimulating and witty and absorbing with a catalogue of outstanding performances from the entire cast especially Jane Alexander, Penny Fuller, Lindsay Crouse, Robert Walden, Stephen Collins and Hal Holbrook. Technically the film is flawless with a dead-on representation of the Post press room and a spare but effective score by the gifted and underrated David Shire.
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