ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN (1976)

DECEMBER 21, 2013

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Nominated for 8 Academy Awards and winning 4, including Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay, ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN is hands down the finest film ever made about journalism.
 
Based on the book of the same name, it follows the meticulous investigation of Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) into the Watergate break-in that eventually lead to the impeachment of President Richard Nixon.
 
Directed by thriller-maestro Alan J. Pakula with a screenplay by William Goldman, the film is a taut political thriller where truth is stranger than fiction. As each layer of the onion is peeled back, the true depth of the corruption is revealed. Politics and journalism would never be the same in the wake of the discovery of the cover-up.
 
Presented in a “you are there” style that the 1970’s were known for, the film is riveting and hooks you in right away. Even though the outcome is a known inevitability, watching the dogged determination of the two then unknown journalists refusal to give up even when their reputations and possibly their lives were in danger is as suspenseful as the best Hitchcock films.
 
There is not much more to say about the film, as it is a masterpiece and a MUST SEE MOVIE. I highly recommend checking out the two-disc special edition Blu-Ray that came out earlier this year as it contains a number of in-depth documentaries about the film and the actual events including the acclaimed feature-length documentary ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN REVISITED with brand new interviews with the cast and their real-life counterparts.