All the President's Men

1976

All the President's Men

Critics 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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Movie Info

A reconstruction of the discovery of the White House link with the Watergate affair by two young reporters from the Washington Post.

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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
Bryan Clark
as Arguing Attorney
Valerie Curtin
as Miss Milland
Nate Esformes
as Gonzales
Ron Hale
as Sturgis
Polly Holliday
as Secretary
Gene Lindsey
as Baldwin
John O'Leary
as Attorney
Jess Osuna
as FBI Man
Neva Patterson
as Angry Woman
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
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 (57) | 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.

    Mar 31, 2016 | Full Review…

    Joseph Gelmis

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

    Jul 22, 2015 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 22, 2015 | Full Review…
  • 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.

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

    Feb 17, 2011 | Rating: A | Full Review…
  • Hal Holbrook is outstanding; this actor, herein in near-total shadow, is as compelling as he is in virtually every role played.

    Aug 22, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for All the President's Men

  • Oct 26, 2018
    Pakula creates a remarkably absorbing drama that moves without hurry, following each step of a real-life journalistic investigation that should remind us of the absolute importance of a free press in democratic countries where powerful people still believe they can rise above the law.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 22, 2017
    Bogged down by over-plotting in its second half, but nonetheless well acted and shockingly relevant in today's political climate.
    Isaac H Super Reviewer
  • Feb 11, 2016
    The classic investigative story -- important. Great performance by Robert Redford.
    Kyle M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 19, 2015
    Even if the story of Watergate itself wasn't as interesting as it is, this film would probably be just as good. All the President's Men is a fascinating portrait of how two men took down a president. But more importantly, it really captures the chaotic life of an investigative journalist. The story is obviously devastating for many people across America, but by far the best part about this film is watching the events unfold in a unique way through Alan Pukula's directing. So much of films now in days take and are inspired from this movie. Centered around Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, who were for all intents and purposes two of the most important men in the history of American journalism, but also ironically some of the only people who dared even go near the Watergate Scandal. The film can get confusing sometimes with all the dozens of names that are thrown around and who's working for who or who is telling the truth, but that's why the film works. Not only does it keep you on the edge of your seat even when we all know the ending, but you find yourself raising your eyebrows at events that seem absolutely unreasonable. It won the Oscar for best screenplay which is fine, but I think it's a crime Pukula didn't win for directing. I think Pukula took what is probably a great book, and enhanced it significantly. The screenplay is solid, but it's the camera angles, editing, and acting that take the film to the next level. It's a rare film in which I'm more interested in how it was made over the actual story the film is based on. Aside from the great technical aspects, it's interesting to watch Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford's performances change over the course of the film. Hoffman is evidently more aggressive than Redord, but as the story takes it's many turns and tensions arise, the roles are reversed. As a writer myself, it was just very interesting to watch the tactics each writer used in order to get information. All the President's Men has a great story, performances, and many other things, but I was most impressed with the technical side of this film. +Directing +Camera angles, long takes +Role reversal with the two writers 8.5/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer

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