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


Alan J. Pakula


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dustin Hoffman ... Carl Bernstein
Robert Redford ... Bob Woodward
Jack Warden ... Harry Rosenfeld
Martin Balsam ... Howard Simons
Hal Holbrook ... Deep Throat
Jason Robards ... Ben Bradlee
Jane Alexander ... Bookkeeper
Meredith Baxter ... Debbie Sloan
Ned Beatty ... Dardis
Stephen Collins ... Hugh Sloan
Penny Fuller ... Sally Aiken
John McMartin ... Foreign Editor
Robert Walden ... Donald Segretti
Frank Wills ... Frank Wills
F. Murray Abraham ... Arresting Officer #1


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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The most devastating detective story of this century. See more »


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Did You Know?


To prepare for their roles, Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman hung out in the Washington Post newsroom for several weeks, observing reporters and attending staff meetings. Once, when Redford was standing in a hallway, a group of high school students came through on a tour of the newspaper offices. The students immediately started taking pictures of Redford with their pocket cameras. At that point, Bob Woodward walked by. Redford told the students, "Wait a minute! Here's the real Bob Woodward, the guy I'm playing in the movie! Don't you want to take a picture of him?" The students said no, and walked on. Hoffman also recalled that he had been asked by the paper's science reporter to fetch a new typewriter ribbon. Due to Hoffman's long hair and casual dress, the science reporter had mistaken him for a copy boy. See more »


(at around 40 mins) Woodward and Bernstein in a distant shot in the newsroom: Bernstein continues talking without pause while twice taking sips from his coffee. See more »


[first lines]
[first lines including archive footage]
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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Crazy Credits

The opening Warner Bros. Zooming \\' logo is in black and white. See more »

Alternate Versions

German theatrical version was cut by. ca 7,5 minutes (ie. a conversation between Rosenfeld and Simons, Woodward asking a woman about Hunt, Woodward and Bernstein being dismissed by Mrs. Hambling, Woodward on the way to a meeting with Deep Throat). DVD release is uncut. See more »


Referenced in Scoop (2006) See more »


Hail to the Chief
Written by James Sanderson
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A Broad Oesophagus - Trust Nobody, Not Even Yourself...
26 September 2020 | by XstalSee all my reviews

A perfectly executed 70s thriller based on true events, facts, evidence and performed with precision by two of the finest actors of their day and with a great supporting cast to boot.

Both frightening and alarming but probably not by today's standards where few things have the power to raise but a solitary eyebrow and, those in charge, at the highest level, seem impervious to the laws and traditions that affect the rest of us.

You know you're being watched, surveilled, spied upon - you might not know by whom or by what or when - but they know who you are and there's certainly nobody with a broad oesophagus standing in the shadows to help you out.

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Release Date:

9 April 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

All the President's Men See more »


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$8,500,000 (estimated)

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