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All the President's Men
At times it looked like it might cost them their jobs, their reputations, and maybe even their lives.
In the run-up to the 1972 elections, Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward covers what seems to be a minor break-in at the Democratic Party National headquarters. He is surprised to find top lawyers already on the defense case, and the discovery of names and addresses of Republican fund organizers on the accused further arouses his suspicions. The editor of the Post is prepared to run with the story and assigns Woodward and Carl Bernstein to it. They find the trail leading higher and higher in the Republican Party, and eventually into the White House itself.
All the President's Men is primarily a staggering display of a perfectly paranoid craftsman. Alan J. Pakula pulls tensity and fascinations out from an otherwise excruciating process - investigative journalism. He observes facts, meticulous dates, times and names, closer than facile characters or broadly stroked stakes. Yet so closely watched is each victory, processed step and intensity of two men's integrity in the face of uncovering a web of mystery that it is impossible to turn away. As each aspect of a seemingly simple burglary piece thickens into political intrigue, it's purely gripping.
The murky, shadowy and paranoid city scapes of Washington brighten the meticulous details of mapping out a potential giant-ranged political corruption case. Most will know the outcome,…
Allow me a moment of nerdery.
Back in the days when Empire magazine was good and I used to buy it, I used to pretty often snip bits out of their magazines and stick them on my wall. Usually they were just ads for films or maybe the occasional picture of Julia Ormond, Cameron Diaz or Winona Ryder. But sometimes I would snip out their Classic Scene section.
This was basically just the screenplay version of a classic scene from a great movie from years gone by. One of the ones I took out was a scene from All The President's Men, a film I had only just seen and loved a few months before. It was this scene:-
This is perhaps one of the best procedural films ever made and what I respect about it is that it approaches its subject matter without frills and added fictional distractors to spice up the story. It sticks to the task at hand and, much like the journalists featuring in the story, it is intent on presenting the account as close to the truth as possible.
Alan J. Pakula seems to understand one thing very well here and that is that if you want to tell a story as intricate as this one, you have to make sure that the audience will listen to those telling it. He does that brilliantly by allowing for a lot of dialogue, not forcing himself…
I remember, during waning of the nineteen sixties, and the waxing of the seventies, that my American Aunt and Uncle, Republicans both, would refer to their leader as ‘Tricky Dick’.
Aside from my Aunt and Uncle, news of the Watergate scandal flowed across the border to my teenage self via Walter Cronkite, Harry Reasoner, and John Chancellor. While I wasn’t glued to the TV, it somehow was an interesting soap opera taking place south of the border. Like any news story, I expected it to die down … but it didn’t. I remember being shocked at how, at the endgame, it moved so quickly, and that Nixon resigned.
Despite seeing the real story unfold in real-time on TV, I remember…
Pakula at his paranoid peak crafts a sharp, lean aggressive film that builds tremendous anxiety and tension regardless of whether you know the facts of Watergate or not. An all-star cast delivers from both leads to the smallest role. Fantastic camera work from Gordon Willis, and inspired editing from Robert Wolfe create iconic moments in one of the best films ever made about journalism or American history.
Alan J. Pakula's All the President’s Men is, without a doubt, one of the best detective/procedural films in the history of cinema and, for a film that's only about dialogue, it stands up perfectly. This is a film that could have easily been hit by the test of time, especially because, after all, it's a film about politics from the seventies and, at the time, the Nixon's resignation was fresh in the viewer's mind, but not today. The reason why it stands up today so well is due to the way Alan J. Pakula directed and coordinated his film. They only talk and talk and talk, but, somehow, it doesn't get boring, to be frank, we get more and more…
yeah, what can i tell about this movie? It's just legendary! i specifically liked Redford in this picture who proves that he 's one of the best actors around!
'when you got them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow! wauw!
great filming locations, a plot so good that it is legendary! everything about this movie is great! i know all the details of this movie beause it's just history and based on true events! but all this is not necessary.........anyone who don't know this movie just isn't a movie fan! the best of the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and then there is Jack Warden and Jason Robards! Great actors!
this movie would get 5 stars for robert redford's face alone
Cinema originally, TV today
Lo que encontré padrísimo sobre All the Presiden't Men es que es una película sobre gente haciendo su trabajo. Solo eso. No pasa nada más. Goldman evita todos los lugares comunes del guión clásico hollywoodense y concentra el 100% de las acciones en la investigación. Los personajes principales no se presentan como tales, o jamás vemos una escena de bonding entre Woodward y Bernstein. Y ese tiene que ser uno de los mejores anti-climax ever.
An enthralling political/conspiracy film with great lead performances by Redford & Hoffman.
Could have been scripted by John le Carre, which is maybe the highest compliment that I can give a political thriller. Woodward and Bernstein's probing into the Watergate reveals and meditates upon the epistemological question at the heart of investigative journalism: what do we know and how do we know it? When the paranoia sets in (and hot damn, does it ever), I'm especially unsettled, because I know that the danger isn't just external. Are the shadows the two men see for real or imagined?
The action takes place in domiciles, parking garages, the office of the Washington Post, and, memorably, over cold french fries in a McDonalds. We watch the two construct the story piece by painstaking piece, worrying…
What is it about a political thriller without thrills that makes it so special? What makes a police procedural without detectives stand out? All the President's Men's greatest achievement might be to make an excruciating slow process feel fascinating and filled with tension. It's the things they rarely ever bother to throw into a detective movie; the long stakeouts without anything exciting happening, all the interviews that doesn't lead to anything, and all those phone calls you'll have to make without harboring much hope of results, or all those doors you'll have to knock at with similar expectations.
Journalism is a dying art, and even in its heydays there were plenty of newspapers and so-called journalists that gave it a…
An effortlessly riveting portrait of paranoia and men looking to take on the system and uncover the truth, no matter the odds. Led by two impeccable performances from Hoffman and Redford, who give fearless and tenacious showings with an incredibly dynamic chemistry.
A thriller that doesn't need action sequences to be captivating, it achieves that through a perfect blend of writing, direction, atmosphere and performances.
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