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Frank Wills, the security guard who discovered the break-in at the Watergate complex, played himself.
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On Tuesday, May 31, 2005, in advance of a revelatory July 2005 "Vanity Fair" article written by his attorney and spokesman, ninety-one-year-old Mark Felt acknowledged publicly for the first time that he was in fact the informant "Deep Throat," a fact corroborated by Bob Woodward and The Washington Post. At the time of the Watergate break-in, Mr. Felt was the Deputy Director, the second-in-command, of the F.B.I.
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One scene involving Robert Redford on the phone is done in a continuous six-minute single take with the camera tracking in slowly. Towards the end Redford makes a mistake, he calls the phone caller by the wrong name, but as he stays in character. It simply appears genuine, and this was the take used in the final cut.
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The two lead actors memorized each other's lines so that they could both interrupt each other in character. This unsettled a lot of the actors they were playing opposite, leading to a greater sense of verisimilitude.
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Nothing was allowed into the script unless it had been meticulously verified and confirmed by independent sources.
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Robert Redford felt that by casting him as Bob Woodward he was unnecessarily unbalancing the film. The obvious answer was to cast a star of equal weight. For that reason, he approached Dustin Hoffman at a Knicks game and offered him the role of Carl Bernstein.
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Hal Holbrook was the first and only choice to play the informant Deep Throat. During the casting process, Bob Woodward, while looking at various actors photo head shots and resumes, but not revealing Deep Throat's true identity, told and insisted to Director Alan J. Pakula that Holbrook was the best choice to play Deep Throat. (Holbrook, in fact, bears a strong resemblance to Mark Felt).
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The furious volley of typewriter hammers striking paper in the opening scenes was created by layering the sounds of gunshots and whiplashes over the actual sounds of a typewriter, accentuating the film's theme of words as weapons. This is also why the closing scene has a teletypewriter printing headlines with the sound of cannon fire from a twenty-one-gun salute in the background.
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When Kenneth Dahlberg tells Bob Woodward on the phone, "I've just been through a terrible ordeal! My neighbor's wife has been kidnapped!", he is not lying. On July 27, 1972, a few days before Bob Woodward called Dahlberg, Virginia Piper, wife of a prominent Minnesota businessman and a close friend of the Dahlberg family, was kidnapped from her home in Minneapolis. She was released two days later in Duluth, after her husband paid a one million dollar ransom.
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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.
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The film introduced the catchphrase "follow the money", which was absent from the book, or any documentation of Watergate.
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The film was originally rated R for language, likely due to occasional usage of the F-word. It was subsequently re-rated PG, most likely due to the historical significance of the material.
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At the time of filming in Washington, D.C., Robert Redford stayed at the Watergate Hotel.
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Screenwriter William Goldman had to tone down the dialogue from Editor Harry Rosenfeld (Jack Warden). Rosenfeld, in real-life, was so hilariously funny that Goldman didn't think that people would believe someone could be so spontaneously witty.
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Robert Redford was in contact with Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein before their book had been written, and encouraged them to write more about how they conducted their investigation and less about the events they were reporting. (Vanity Fair article, 04/2011.)
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The film is still shown to aspiring students of journalism.
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Screenwriter William Goldman was called to an impromptu meeting with Redford (the film's producer) along with Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. At that time, Goldman's draft of the screenplay had been accepted and they were waiting on hearing from Woodward and Bernstein. At the meeting, they presented Goldman with a new screenplay, written by Bernstein, and then girlfriend Nora Ephron. Goldman refused to read the screenplay (for legal reasons) and walked out of the meeting. Only one scene from that screenplay ends up in the final version of the film: a scene where Bernstein outsmarts a secretary to get in to see someone. This scene was pure fiction, it did not happen in real-life. (Woodward was allegedly unhappy with Bernstein's script as well, because it depicted Woodward as a naive novice reporter and worshipper of Bernstein's superior talent. Woodward later called Goldman to apologize for the incident, telling him, "I don't know what the six worst things I've ever done in my life are, but letting that happen, letting them write that, is one of them.")
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British Director John Schlesinger declined an offer to direct as he felt the story of Watergate should be told by an American.
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Warner Brothers agreed to finance the film only on condition that Robert Redford, then the number one box-office star, starred as Bob Woodward.
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In real-life, Judy Hoback was the bookkeeper who gave Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward crucial information about the slush fund payouts at the Committee to Re-Elect the President (CREEP). Jane Alexander met with Hoback to prepare for her role in the film. Also, the filmmakers rented out Hoback's former home in Georgetown, D.C., and shot the scenes with Alexander and Dustin Hoffman in the actual living room where Hoback had first met with Bernstein.
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The telephone number that Robert Redford dials for the White House is the real number of the White House Switchboard: 202-456-1414.
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This was the first film that Jimmy Carter watched during his tenure as President of the United States of America.
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To ensure that both stars of the movie received top billing, Robert Redford's name was billed above Dustin Hoffman's on the posters and trailers, while Hoffman's name was billed above Redford's in the movie itself. This same strategy had been used for The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), which paired John Wayne and James Stewart.
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Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford hung out in The Washington Post offices for months, sitting in on news conferences.
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Robert Redford bought the rights to the source book of the same name by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward in 1974, the year it was first published, for four hundred fifty thousand dollars. Adjusted for inflation, this amount would be equivalent to 2.15 million dollars in 2014.
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During filming, Jason Robards, Jr. decided that it was important for Ben Bradlee to always be "in the newsroom", so his presence would always be felt in the film. On days when he wasn't shooting scenes with the other actors, Robards came to the set and hung out in Ben Bradlee's office, usually sitting at Bradlee's desk and reading a book, so Bradlee would appear in the background of shots that featured Woodward, Bernstein, and other reporters.
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Such was the attention to detail, the Production Design Department even made replicas of out of date phone books.
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Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein offered to write the screenplay for this. Unfortunately, screenwriting is so much of an an art unto itself about which neither of them knew much. 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 café.
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During television news coverage of the true identity of "Deep Throat"/Mark Felt that aired in 2005, Robert Redford stated that they tried to film in the actual The Washington Post newsroom, but it proved to be impossible because many Post employees were too aware of the camera, and some even tried to "act". Redford stated some employees would disappear into restrooms and apply make-up. The production team re-created the facility at a Burbank studio in Los Angeles for a reported four hundred fifty thousand dollars. The Post did, however, cooperate with the production's quest for authenticity by shipping several crates of actual newsroom refuse that included: unopened mail, government directories, Washington telephone directories, wire service copy, calendars, and even stickers from Benjamin C. Bradlee's secretary's desk.
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Although he wasn't keen on the idea of a film being made in his offices, Post Editor Benjamin C. Bradlee realized that by cooperating he would have a better chance of influencing the production.
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Nearly two hundred desks, costing five hundred dollars each, were purchased from the same firm that sold desks to The Washington Post newspaper in 1971.
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The interior The Washington Post newsroom set was built on a stage at Warner Brothers Studio, in Burbank, California. Production Designer George Jenkins was a former New York Broadway scenic designer. Designing the newsroom based upon the actual newspaper's newsroom, George's plan layout utilizes false perspective in the rear set area to increase the depth and scale-size for camera. As the newsroom desks recede, the construction coordinator's prop makers cut each prop desk down in size to fill in, and match the reduced scale for each line of desks. Shelving was also reduced in size. When filming the set's front action area, the extra actors filling in the background set's scale, were selected related to their height fulfilling the perspective scale set dressing relationship. Viewing the film, the false perspective of the studio set accomplishes the size and scale of the actual The Washington Post newsroom.
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William Goldman said Bob Woodward was extremely helpful to him, but Carl Bernstein was not, and that his crucial decision as to structure was to throw away the second half of the book.
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Jason Robards, Jr. was always Robert Redford's first choice to play Benjamin C. Bradlee. When Director Alan J. Pakula came on-board, he instantly agreed with Redford's decision.
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Unlike the book, the film itself only covers the first seven months of the Watergate scandal, from the time of the break-in to Nixon's second inauguration on January 20, 1973.
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Director of Photography Gordon Willis shot the scene where Bob Woodward talks on the phone to Kenneth H. Dahlberg in one unbroken 6-minute take. He used a diopter, like a bifocal lens turned on its side, with the separator line positioned vertically against the pillar behind Redford so as to better conceal its presence. During the take Redford had to be careful not to move or reach into the left side of the frame, and thus risk parts of himself being both in and out of focus simultaneously. The entire sequence ensured that Redford and the newsroom staff to the left in the background were in focus throughout. The shot shift is so subtle it's almost unnoticeable, unless one speeds up the sequence.
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The Washington Post boss Katharine Graham, who was initially very apprehensive about the film using the paper's name, loved the film, and later wrote a letter of praise and approval to star and co-Producer Robert Redford. As a condition of her sanctioning the production initially, Graham had begged Redford not to include her as a character in the film, but after viewing the finished product, Graham admitted that she wished she hadn't made that request of him.
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Jane Alexander's Oscar nominated performance for Best Actress in a Supporting Role runs for just over eight minutes in total screentime.
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Neither Director Alan J. Pakula nor Robert Redford were happy with Screenwriter William Goldman's first draft. Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein were not keen on it either. In fact, Bernstein penned a draft with his then-girlfriend Nora Ephron. Redford rejected this effort too, so he and Pakula held all-day sessions working on the script, interviewing editors and reporters throughout.
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Chris Carter often quotes this movie as one of his bigger inspirations for The X-Files (1993), wherein a prominent character used the Deep Throat codename. Perhaps not coincidentally, one of the names on Woodward and Bernstein's list of CREEP employees is "Scully".
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Frank Wills, the security guard who discovered the break-in, was fired from his job without adequate explanation only a few days later. He was then out of work for three years until he played himself (one day's work) in this film. He never had a full-time job thereafter, and died at the age of fifty-two in 2000.
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Fourth biggest hit movie at the box-office for 1976, out-grossing such other films as The Bad News Bears (1976) and The Omen (1976).
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Robert Redford is left-handed, and like almost all lefties, wears his watch on his right hand. Every close-up shows him doing things right-handed (writing, dialing phones, et cetera).
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Robert Redford's first choice for the role of Carl Bernstein was Al Pacino.
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The film takes place from June 17, 1972 to January 20, 1973.
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David Shire's score first kicks in about twenty-eight minutes into the film.
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In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked this as the #77 Greatest Movie of All Time. It was the first inclusion of this film on the list.
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Cinematographer Gordon Willis had a customized split diopter sliding mechanism mounted on his camera so as to be able to enable it to be moved in and out of a shot without any editing cuts.
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This movie contains twenty-five telephone conversations in which audiences are privy to both sides of the dialogue exchange.
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The Executive Editor of The Washington Post hoped that the film would show newspapers "strive very hard for responsibility".
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The film was added to the U.S.'s Library of Congress National Film Registry in 2010.
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A brick from the main lobby of the Post building was supplied so that it could be duplicated in fiberglass by the Production Design Department.
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The movie ends with various news articles being typed up on-screen. The reports are shown out of order, running all the way into 1975, but end with the key report from August 1974 that "President Nixon resigns."
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According to "Adventures in the Screen Trade", Alan J. Pakula drove William Goldman crazy asking for re-writes for scenes with the constant rejoinder "Don't deny me any riches!" Goldman goes on to say that if he could have his career all over again, he wouldn't go near this film.
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Benjamin C. Bradlee, who was Managing Editor and then Executive Editor of The Washington Post, realized that the film was going to be made regardless of whether he approved of it or not, and felt that it made "more sense to try to influence it factually". Bradlee was portrayed by Jason Robards, Jr.
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An example of the attention to detail is evidenced during the segment when Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) is rifling through his pockets, seeking notes written on scraps of paper. He pulls out a matchbook with a "G" on the cover. This was the logo of the largest supermarket in the district at the time.
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Claims that Alan J. Pakula and Robert Redford re-wrote the screenplay have been debunked, however, after an investigation into the matter by Richard Stayton in Written By Magazine. Stayton compared several drafts of the script, including the final production draft, and concluded that Goldman was properly credited as the writer and that the final draft had "William Goldman's distinct signature on each page."
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Jason Robards, Jr. won consecutive back-to-back Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for this film, and then for Julia (1977), in each case playing real-life people.
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Except for a few scenes, there is barely any score featured in the movie. Even in the closing credits, the music starts after the main actors, actresses, and guest star credits were over. While the score by David Shire starts at twenty-eight minutes into the movie, most of the music can be heard in the last half of the movie.
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The film cast includes five Oscar winners: Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jason Robards, Jr., Martin Balsam, and F. Murray Abraham; and five Oscar nominees: Jack Warden, Hal Holbrook, Ned Beatty, Lindsay Crouse, and Jane Alexander.
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The film reunites Martin Balsam and Jack Warden, who previously appeared together as jurors in 12 Angry Men (1957) (coincidentally, sitting at ends of the table directly opposite one another.) It also reunites Balsam with Jason Robards, Jr., his co-star in A Thousand Clowns (1965), the film for which Balsam won an Oscar, and Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970).
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The phone number that Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) dials and reaches a man who speaks no English is 305-374-1299, the usual 555- prefix was not used. It is a real number, used by Net Capital Mortgage in Miami, Florida.
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Lauren Bacall and Patricia Neal were considered for the role of Katharine Graham.
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All the President's Men Revisited (2013), a feature length television documentary about the making of this movie, was broadcast thirty-seven years after this movie debuted.
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The car that Woodward is driving is a Volvo Amazon.
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Director Alan J. Pakula spent hours interviewing editors, journalists, and reporters, taking notes of their comments.
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Debut theatrical movie of Stephen Collins (Hugh Sloan).
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The Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham was in a scene in the Woodward and Bernstein book, and when that part was being cast, Geraldine Page was selected, but the scene was cut from the script.
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Robert Redford personally chose William Goldman as screenwriter.
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The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director - Alan J. Pakula, Best Film Editing, and Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Jane Alexander, and won four Oscars - for Best Sound, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Jason Robards, Jr., and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium - William Goldman. Both of the later films about former President Richard Nixon, Nixon (1995) and Frost/Nixon (2008), which were each Oscar nominated for four and five Academy Awards, respectively, and did not win an Oscar in any of their categories in which they were nominated.
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As of 2015, Jason Robards, Jr. is the only actor to win consecutive Best Actor in a Supporting Role Academy Awards, winning Oscars for this movie and Julia (1977).
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Geraldine Page refused the role of Katharine Graham.
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Dustin Hoffman's brother, who works in the restaurant business, met Carl Bernstein at a party.
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Robert Redford met Richard Nixon. When he was thirteen, Redford was presented an award for athletic prowess by the man who would go on to be President. Even then, Redford said he found the man to be rather creepy.
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When the film wrapped production, it was 3.5 million dollars over budget, and thirty-five days behind schedule.
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During one scene in the background, a newscaster can be heard talking about the 1972 World Chess Championship in Iceland, in which American Bobby Fischer was a participant. Fischer's story was retold in Pawn Sacrifice (2014) with Tobey Maguire as Fischer.
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In 1988, Jason Robards, Jr. became the eleventh performer to win the Triple Crown of acting: Oscar, Tony, and Emmy. Two Oscars: Best Actor in a Supporting Role, this movie, and Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Julia (1977). Tony: Best Actor, Play, "The Disenchanted" (1959). Emmy: Best Actor, Miniseries/Special: Inherit the Wind (1988).
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The quote that's pinned by Woodward's (Robert Redford's) desk is from a letter Winston Churchill wrote to Lord Rosebery in 1901: "My own idea is that it does not matter how many mistakes one makes in politics, so long as one keeps on making them. It is like throwing babies to the wolves: once you stop, the pack overtakes the sleigh. This explains why it is that the present administration prospers."
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Robert Walden, James Karen, and Hal Holbrook appeared in Capricorn One (1977), which was another movie with a conspiracy theme.
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The film was part of a cycle of 1970s conspiracy movies. These included: Executive Action (1973), Klute (1971), Chinatown (1974), Cutter's Way (1981), Telefon (1977), Winter Kills (1979), The Conversation (1974), The Parallax View (1974), Three Days of the Condor (1975), The Domino Principle (1977), Good Guys Wear Black (1978), Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977), Hangar 18 (1980), Capricorn One (1977), and this movie.
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The work area for the reporters at The Washington Post is dotted with Washington Redskin memorabilia. Carl Bernstein's work space is decorated with a popular period piece of a cyclist. A Baltimore Bullets button is pinned to a bulletin board next to his typewriter. This might be a stretch considering that the Bullets did not move to Largo, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C. until October 1973, beyond the time frame of this film.
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Bob Woodward's apartment was at 1718 P Street, NW, near Dupont Circle. The actual building was used as a site when Woodward put a red flag in a flower pot to request a meeting with Deep Throat.
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When Woodward meets Deep Throat in the underground car park, the story Deep Throat tells him about the guy putting his hand over a flame and claiming the trick is not to mind, was the same one that Lawrence of Arabia did in Lawrence of Arabia (1962). It is also repeated in Prometheus (2012).
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This movie was released two years after its source non-fiction book was published.
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Included among the American Film Institute's 1998 list of the four hundred movies nominated for the Top 100 Greatest American Movies.
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Robert Redford has appeared in five films written by screenwriter William Goldman: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), The Hot Rock (1972), The Great Waldo Pepper (1975), this movie, and A Bridge Too Far (1977).
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Robert Redford's performance as Bob Woodward is ranked number twenty-seven on the American Film Institute (AFI)'s top "100 Heroes & Villains" list. This is a ranking he shares with Dustin Hoffman (Carl Bernstein).
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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Jason Robards, Jr. won an Oscar for playing Benjamin C. Bradlee in this movie, making him one of seventeen actors to win an Academy Award for playing a real person who was still alive at the evening of the Award ceremony (to date, 2015). The other sixteen actors and actresses and their respective performances are: Spencer Tracy for playing Father Edward Flanagan in Boys Town (1938), Gary Cooper for playing Alvin C. York in Sergeant York (1941), Patty Duke for playing Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker (1962), Robert De Niro for playing Jake La Motta in Raging Bull (1980), Sissy Spacek for playing Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner's Daughter (1980), Jeremy Irons for playing Claus Von Bullow in Reversal of Fortune (1990) (1990), Susan Sarandon for playing Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking (1995), Geoffrey Rush for playing David Helfgott in Shine (1996), Julia Roberts for playing Erin Brockovich in Erin Brockovich (2000), Jim Broadbent for playing John Bayley in Iris (2001), Helen Mirren for playing Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen (2006), Sandra Bullock for playing Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side (2009), Melissa Leo for playing Alice Eklund-Ward in The Fighter (2010), Christian Bale for playing Dickie Eklund in The Fighter (2010), Meryl Streep for playing Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady (2011), and Eddie Redmayne for playing Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything (2014).
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James Karen worked on Nixon (1995) and this movie, playing Bill Rogers in Nixon (1995), and Hugh Sloan's lawyer in this movie. Karen is the only billed cast or crew member to have worked on both movies.
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As of 2014, Robert Redford appeared in four movies that were nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), The Sting (1973), this movie, and Out of Africa (1985). Of those, two have won, The Sting (1973) and Out of Africa (1985). Also, Redford directed two movies that were nominated for Best Picture, Quiz Show (1994) and Ordinary People (1980), the latter of which won.
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Martin Balsam (Howard Simons) received a "Special Appearance" credit.
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The newsroom set took up two soundstages and thirty-three thousand square feet, and cost five hundred thousand dollars to assemble.
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Debut theatrical movie of Lindsay Crouse (Kay Eddy).
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Jason Robards, Jr. received all of his Academy Award nominations for playing real-life people: Benjamin C. Bradlee in this movie, Dashiell Hammett in Julia (1977), and Howard Hughes in Melvin and Howard (1980). Robards won for the first two movies, but not the third. Each of these three Oscar nominations was in the Best Actor in a Supporting Role category.
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This movie's closing credits declare that the picture was: "Filmed in Washington, D.C., and at the Burbank Studios, Burbank, California".
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The only Best Picture Oscar nominee that year to be also nominated for Best Art Direction.
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Alan J. Pakula initially had little interest in making this movie, thinking that it would turn out like a political version of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969).
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Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman are seven years older than Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.
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