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All the President's Men (1976)

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"The Washington Post" reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon's resignation.

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Storyline

In the run-up to the 1972 elections, Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward covers what seems to be a minor break-in at the Democratic Party National headquarters. He is surprised to find top lawyers already on the defense case, and the discovery of names and addresses of Republican fund organizers on the accused further arouses his suspicions. The editor of the Post is prepared to run with the story and assigns Woodward and Carl Bernstein to it. They find the trail leading higher and higher in the Republican Party, and eventually into the White House itself. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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At times it looked like it might cost them their jobs, their reputations, and maybe even their lives. See more »


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9 April 1976 (USA)  »

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$8,500,000 (estimated)
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Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein offered to write the screenplay for this. Unfortunately, screenwriting is an art unto itself that neither of them knew much about. They also put in a huge number of reporters' gags and in-jokes and a subplot about how each of them tried to score with women throughout the time they were investigating. The only remnant of this is in the early scene where Bernstein talks to Sharon Lyons (Penny Peyser) at the outdoor cafe. See more »

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Above the desk of Carl Bernstein is a large button with the "Baltimore Bullets", NBA logo. The Baltimore Bullets did not move to the Washington D.C. area until the October 1974 season. The film covers the period from June 1972 until the January 1973. Displaying support for a sports team from the city of Baltimore would have been considered gauche by the district's sports fans in the early-1970s. See more »

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Walter Cronkite: Now here comes the president's helicopter, Marine Helicopter Number One, landing on the plaza on the east side of the east front of the Capitol.
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An event that changed Journalism forever.
10 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is a very well made film. Many people have spoke against it for being too left wing, which I really don't see. There really is no debate or discussion in the film on the Nixon administration. I think people assume that since Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman are well known hollywood lefties, that this is a anti-Republican film.

The film realistically details the corruption that exists within politics and campaigning. I really don't believe that Woodward and Bernstien were exceptionally bright journalists (despite being aggressive) it seemed more like the people in question who were at the heart of this scandal (Liddy, Hunt, Halderman, Mitchell) just got very arrogant and sloppy and thought they were untouchable.

The film shows how aggresive these reporters have to be (almost crossing the line at being sleazy). It details the early stages of the Watergate scandel and the preliminary press releases and investigations that eventually brought down the entire Nixon administration. The film does this masterfullly...I loved the long sequence when Woodward is talking to Kenneth Dahlberg on the phone and trying to get him to reluctantly tell the truth and the verrrry slow closeup on Redford while the dialogue goes on. Jason Robards delivers a memorable performance as Post editor Ben Bradley.

It was the event of Watergate that changed all of the press from simple onlookers to dirt digging investigative reporters.


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