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All the President's Men (1976)

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Critic Consensus: A taut, solidly acted paean to the benefits of a free press and the dangers of unchecked power, made all the more effective by its origins in real-life events.

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A reconstruction of the discovery of the White House link with the Watergate affair by two young reporters from the Washington Post.
Rating:
PG
Genre:
Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Studio:
Warner Home Video

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Cast

Robert Redford
as Bob Woodward
Dustin Hoffman
as Carl Bernstein
Jason Robards
as Ben Bradlee
Jack Warden
as Harry Rosenfeld
Martin Balsam
as Howard Simons
Hal Holbrook
as Deep Throat
Meredith Baxter
as Debbie Sloane
Ned Beatty
as Dardis
Stephen Collins
as Hugh Sloan Jr.
Jane Alexander
as Bookkeeper
Penny Fuller
as Sally Aiken
John McMartin
as Foreign Editor
Robert Walden
as Donald Segretti
Frank Wills
as Frank Wills
F. Murray Abraham
as 1st Arresting Officer
David Arkin
as Bachinski
John Randolph
as Voice of Bob Haldeman
Henry Calvert
as Barker
Dominic Chianese
as Martinez
Bryan Clark
as Arguing Attorney
Nicolas Coster
as Markham
Lindsay Crouse
as Kay Eddy
Valerie Curtin
as Miss Milland
Cara Duff-MacCormick
as Tammy Ulrich
Nate Esformes
as Gonzales
Ron Hale
as Sturgis
Richard Herd
as McCord
Polly Holliday
as Secretary
James Karen
as Lawyer
Paul Lambert
as Editor
Gene Lindsey
as Baldwin
John O'Leary
as Attorney
Jess Osuna
as FBI Man
Neva Patterson
as Angry Woman
Penny Peyser
as Sharon
Lelan Smith
as Officer
Stanley Clay
as Assistant Metro Editor
John Devlin
as Metro Editor
John Furlong
as Newsdesk Editor
Basil Hoffman
as Assistant Metro Editor
George Wyner
as Attorney
Jamie Smith Jackson
as Post Librarian
Jeff Mackay
as Reporter
Christopher Murray
as Photo Aide
Louis Quinn
as Salesman
Richard Venture
as Assistant Metro Editor
Wendell Wright
as Assistant Metro Editor
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Critic Reviews for All the President's Men

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (9)

"All the President's Men" is a quintessential American movie: It does a lot of things well and makes it all look simple. It works on several levels.

Full Review… | March 31, 2016
Newsday
Top Critic

While there's an undoubted fascination in all this, after a couple of hours it begins to wear thin.

Full Review… | July 22, 2015
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

The opening of the film, with Woodward (Robert Redford) and Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) first stumbling over the story, is involving and sometimes exciting, but from then on it degenerates into confusion and repetition.

Full Review… | July 22, 2015
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Political commentators seem to feel that this All the President's Men will have a far-reaching political impact this year. I'd be more inclined to believe it if the film affected a provocative emotional tone. Pakula is just too cool under the collar.

Full Review… | July 21, 2015
Washington Post
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The movie is a victory lap for American journalism -- the triumphant flip side to Network's self-loathing take on the media.

Full Review… | February 17, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Hal Holbrook is outstanding; this actor, herein in near-total shadow, is as compelling as he is in virtually every role played.

Full Review… | August 22, 2008
Variety
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Audience Reviews for All the President's Men

A bonafide hit the political thriller "All The President's Men" garnered a total of Eight Oscar nominations including Best Picture and won Four including Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Sound and Art Direction.

Mister Caple
Mister Caple

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"The most devastating detective story of this century." Reporters Woodward and Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Nixon's resignation.

REVIEW
Alan J. Pakula's seminal political thriller which relates the scandalous Watergate affair from the relentless investigation two journalists Woodward (Robert Redford) and Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) undertook. They had flair, used their reasoning and deduction faculties in a stalwart way without giving in too much to discouragement to reconstitute with tenacity and accuracy this scandal which will lead to the resignation of Nixon. All this throughout countless phone calls, conversations with witnesses who were however often reluctant to talk, intensive researches. More than half of the movie occurs in the editorial office and not only has Pakula a sense of space to make this place bright but also to captivate the viewer's attention while the two journalists pore over their research and discoveries. Technically speaking, his film commands admiration and respect: helped by the topnotch work of his DP Gordon Willis, his camera work shines throughout the work which is also scattered by first-class sequences. The very last one of course and one of my favorites is the following one: when Hoffman goes to Redford's apartment to inform him of his new discoveries, the latter turns up the music very loud, then he begins to type on the typewriter and incites his companion to communicate through this scheme because there are mikes in the room. An ingenious way to eschew one trap their enemies set. Because all the ones who were involved in this affair try to hush it up. An affair painstakingly reconstituted as well as a documentary about the American press's work methods, a faultless directing, a visual, technical splendor and a topflight performance, what more could you ask for from a cracker that can stand (or rather) encourages multiple viewings?

Lorenzo von Matterhorn
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

Super Reviewer

½

This is the story of a couple of journalists for the Washington Post named Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein who, in the wake of a break in at the Watergate Hotel, stumble upon a deep and major conspiracy that eventually led to the first ever resignation of a U.S. President. It's a compelling and fascinating story, made even more potent, compelling, and biting by the fact that it's all true. This films gets all kinds of (deserved) accliam, but I must be honest and say that this is a difficult film. You have to be able to sit through something that is both lengthy and deliberately paced, and is more about plot, dialogue, and atmosphere that is heavy on suspense, yet light on visceral action and payoffs. For the most part, I was able to sit through it just fine. I did start to get antsy, but the film never really fully lost my attention or pushed me to the breaking point. It takes a lot of talent to make a film that is mostly people taking notes, typing, and talking (usually on phones) watchable and interesting, and that's the case here. Again, it helps that this film is about a real event, making it relatable to audiences (especially those who sawe it when it came out). It''s not really all that dated though, at least not in a bad or even kitschy way. It's a love letter to patience, determination, investigative journalism, and following a story, even if the odds seem overwhelming and the outlook grim. The art direction is pitch perfect, and the way the films shows the workings of a 70s newsroom is awesome, or at least I thought so. I want more movies like this that have a high sense of realism in capturing a workplace. The conematography by Gordon Willis is absolutely brilliant, and everything comes alive thanks to some excellent use of shadows and light, nice framing, and effectively employed camera angles. Aside form the actors, it's the real star of the show...and speaking of stars: Dustin Hoffman as Carl Bernstein and Robert Redford as Bob Woodward? Perfect. The two have great chemistry together, and a real sense of comraderie, even though they aren't best friends or have the same views, opinions, and beliefs. Woodward is less experienced, but still very determined, even if self involved. Bernstein is more experienced, but sometiimes a bit too sharp for his own good. The performances are wonderful though, and perfectly embody these characters. Jason Robards shines as their boss Ben Bradlee, and Hal Holbrook is quite great as Deep Throat- the key information provider to Woodward who managed to remain anonymous until 2005. It's no secret (to a lot of people) that I have a love for the 70s and 70s cinema that might be a little detrimental on my judgment. However, this is still an excelelnt film, and remains the high water mark for films about journalism. It's an important film that not only does a great job of capturing the investigation into one of the most notable events in 20th Century American history, but also works as a great cultural and historical tool, providing insight into the time period (both that it portrays and the one it was made in). As I said, this is a hard one to endure, but if you have the fortitude, it's profoundly rewarding.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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