All the President's Men

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Wildwood Enterprises Released 1976

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Director:
Alan J. Pakula
Released:
1976
Rating:
PG

All The President's Men is the critically acclaimed, true-to-life political thriller directed by Alan J. Pakula and written by William Goldman that is rightly hailed as one of the best films of the 1970s. Based on the 1974 non-fiction book of that same name, the film dramatizes the actual efforts of Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein to uncover and illuminate the Watergate scandal. Together, their investigative tactics helped spur the events that resulted in the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon. What seems like a minor occurrence at first in the form of a Watergate Hotel break-in by members of Nixon's staff soon spirals into a high-stakes game of intrigue that eventually leads to the collapse of Nixon's entire administration. The film became a huge box office smash and ultimately has gone on every critic's list as one the Best Films of All-Time.

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  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It provides the most observant study of working journalists we're ever likely to see in a feature film. And it succeeds brilliantly in suggesting the mixture of exhilaration, paran...

  • 88

    Slant Magazine Wes Greene

    All the President's Men's masterstroke is how it rejects mythologizing the pivotal history behind it, appropriately forgoing a climax by closing on a simple telex furiously relayin...

  • 70

    The Hollywood Reporter

    One has the impression that Goldman realized you can push a good thing just so far, or that audiences will follow reportorial plotting just so long.

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Drama, Suspense

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Politics, Thrillers, Historical, corrupt politics, facing danger