All the President's Men
Alan J. Pakula
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History comes alive in this supremely entertaining film that garnered eight Oscar nominations including Best Picture. Oscar-winners Robert Redford ("Up Close and Personal," "Indecent Proposal") and Dustin Hoffman ("Outbreak," "Rain Man") play Woodward and Bernstein, the intrepid newspaper reporters who broke open the Watergate scandal and toppled a President. The screenplay by William Goldman ("Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "Indecent Proposal") won an Oscar, as did Jason Robards ("Philadelphia," "Parenthood") as Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee. Featuring an all-star supporting cast, including Hal Holbrook ("Evening Shade"), Jane Alexander ("Kramer vs. Kramer"), Meredith Baxter ("Family Ties"), Ned Beatty ("Roseanne"), Martin Balsam ("Psycho"), Jack Warden ("Heaven Can Wait"), Polly Holliday ("Alice"), Stephen Collins ("Sisters"), Robert Walden ("Lou Grant") and many others.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 45
- Fresh: 44
- Rotten: 1
- Average Rating: 9.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: A spellbinding detective story.
Fresh: The movie is a victory lap for American journalism -- the triumphant flip side to Network's self-loathing take on the media.
Fresh: Hal Holbrook is outstanding; this actor, herein in near-total shadow, is as compelling as he is in virtually every role played.
Fresh: It provides the most observant study of working journalists we're ever likely to see in a feature film.
Quite Simply One Of The Best Ever
If you're talking about thrillers, this has to be near the top of the list. Director Alan J. Pakula did a masterful job of taking the Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's book about their investigation of the Watergate cover-up and turning it into a heart-stopper. Which is itself amazing. If you've ever cracked the binding of a history book, you know what's going to happen yet it's still an exciting, suspenseful film. Had this been made in today’s mainstream Hollywood system, it would have been overblown and turned into summer blockbuster. This is better. It’s intelligent, economical, and artful. It almost feels like an indie. And if you appreciate good movies — I mean really appreciate well constructed movies — you should own it.
Thrilling Detective Story...Before Anyone Knew It Was a Story!
This is a faithful rendition of the exciting book of same title of reporters Woodward and Bernstein's slow uncovering in the early days of the Watergate scandal, that lead to President Nixon's resignation. Read their follow up book, The Final Days for fascinating insights into Nixon and his staff as they tried to contain the damage, help him cope with reality, while giving a snap-shot of life and protocol inside the White House.This movie is excellent and worthy of its awards. The music by David Shire is also excellent, subtle but moving. Great dialogue (screenplay by the great Goldman, who also wrote Marathon Man among others) as "Woodstein" navigate circumstancial evidence, "Deep Throat" and an impatient public.It's great that it is available to buy too!
This is one of the best thrillers of recent decades and a classic! Won four 1976 Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor (Jason Robards as Ben Bradlee), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Sound, Best Art Direction. A great film and somewhat underrated. Itunes gets an A+ for adding this terrific film.
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 1976
- © 1976 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.