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All the President's Men
Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman




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Covers the period from 1972-1974; Produced and released in 1976. With ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN, director Alan Pakula adapts the best-selling book by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. Pakula created a film that takes its place among such important conspiracy dramas as THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR and THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH. The focus is on the 1972 investigation of the break-in to the Democratic Party headquarters, otherwise known as the Watergate burglary. Through a complicated web of intrigue and secrecy that eventually involves the highest levels of government, hungry young journalists Woodward (Robert Redford) and Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) of the Washington Post aggressively examine the incident, uncovering information that ultimately leads to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. Exceptional performances by Redford and Hoffman are complemented by Jason Robards as the dubious but supportive executive editor at the Post, and Hal Holbrook's celebrated characterization of mysterious informer Deep Throat. The pacing of the film is quick and exciting, drawing viewers into the action of one of the most intriguing mysteries in all of American political history.

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Overview

Covers the period from 1972-1974; Produced and released in 1976. With ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN, director Alan Pakula adapts the best-selling book by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. Pakula created a film that takes its place among such important conspiracy dramas as THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR and THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH. The focus is on the 1972 investigation of the break-in to the Democratic Party headquarters, otherwise known as the Watergate burglary. Through a complicated web of intrigue and secrecy that eventually involves the highest levels of government, hungry young journalists Woodward (Robert Redford) and Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) of the Washington Post aggressively examine the incident, uncovering information that ultimately leads to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. Exceptional performances by Redford and Hoffman are complemented by Jason Robards as the dubious but supportive executive editor at the Post, and Hal Holbrook's celebrated characterization of mysterious informer Deep Throat. The pacing of the film is quick and exciting, drawing viewers into the action of one of the most intriguing mysteries in all of American political history.

Awards:
1976 - Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actor Winner
1976 - Academy Awards - Best Art Direction - Set Decoration Winner
1976 - Academy Awards - Best Adapted Screenplay Winner
1976 - Academy Awards - Best Sound Winner

Main Cast & Crew

Alan J. Pakula - Director
Robert Redford
Dustin Hoffman
Jack Warden
Martin Balsam
Hal Holbrook
Jason Robards
Jane Alexander
Meredith Baxter
Ned Beatty
Stephen Collins

 

Details

Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-ray (Special Edition)
  • Run Time: 138
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 883929351022
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Release Date: October 1997

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Politics
Suspense
Thriller
True Story
History
Recommended
Reporters
Corruption
Scandal
Theatrical Release
Essential Cinema

 

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Notes:
Theatrical release: April 9, 1976. Filmed on location in Washington, DC. ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN is on the American Film Institute's (AFI) Top 100 Thrills list. British director John Schlesinger refused to direct the story, saying it should be tackled by an American director. The budget was approximately $7.5 million. Security guard Frank Wills, who discovered the Watergate break-in, plays himself in the film.

Reviews:
"...One of the Big Three of screen newspaper dramas..." - 08/19/1994 USA Today, p.3D


"...With Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman at their purest normal-guy best..." - 01/11/2002 Entertainment Weekly, p.36


5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] beautiful looking piece of cinema, full of shadows, darkness and paranoia." - 03/01/2006 Uncut, p.132


4 stars out of 4 -- "[T]his 1976 film feels particularly relevant." - 03/09/2006 Rolling Stone, p.97


"[The film] remains a spectacular filmic achievement -- a perfect suspense film..." - 04/01/2006 Premiere, p.100


"[A] benchmark for films about print journalism. The sheer density of information is daunting, but proceedings are firmly anchored by the performances..." - 05/01/2006 Sight and Sound, p.86


"[T]his is as much of a nail-biter as any action thriller." - 04/01/2007 Total Film, p.140


"[T]he movie is a victory lap for American journalism....Timeless and essential..." -- Grade: A - 02/25/2011 Entertainment Weekly

 

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