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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…
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…
Amazing what you can get away with when the subject is so recent and momentous that a general audience can be trusted to respond to minutiae. Zodiac actually seems concise by comparison (it also has a killer to cut away to for a while, whereas this is 100% investigation after the break-in), and Pakula continually makes choices that would be considered daft in almost any other Hollywood context: introducing his protagonists with zero fanfare, as if they were bit players; training the camera on notes and doodles in order to foreground a slow accumulation of bewildering detail; letting actors shout at each other over the sound of an airplane passing overhead, when neither the plane nor the shouting has…
One of the most entertaining films about the mundane real world, and one of the best less-is-more-thrillers, ever made. As a historical/contemporary account it simply is what it is - as a movie, it's curiously captivating, given that we all know where it'll end up and there's barely even a suggestion of typical "movie suspense" on the way there. I think we simply like to watch people doing work, the more difficult and important the better. This, of course, because we are watching a movie and typically not working at all.
A great journalism film. We watched it in journalism class.
This is a movie that cements both Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as wonderful actors. Although many us know the story of Richard Nixon and the Watergate burglary it is still very intriguing and suspenseful. Hoffman (Carl Bernstein) and Redford (Bob Woodward) play the two reporters responsible for writing the articles in the Washington Post uncovering the Watergate mystery. This is a movie that shows no matter how hard it is to achieve the ultimate goal you must continue to push harder and harder until that goal is achieved, or in the case of Hoffman and Redford, uncovered. I would give this movie a watch as it is a movie that showcases the great acting abilities of both Redford and Hoffman, and also shows the corruption of the United States government at this period in history.
David Fincher loves this movie.
I love procedural films. This one did not let me down.
A type-written love letter to analog newsrooms and the lost art of investigative reporting.
I've realized that I'm the type of person that if I can't understand every aspect of a story, then my whole brain falls apart and wants to reject everything. The long and short of Watergate is that top government officials leading all the way up to then President of the United States Richard Nixon himself, were accused of breaking in to democratic headquarters, which was housed at the Watergate office building, and bugging the place, as well as destroying important documents or stealing documents that could be used against the democrats. The ones who broke in, were affiliated with the Committee to Re-Elect the President, which again, at the time was Nixon - a Republican. That's it. Yet, when words…
Proof that knowing the big twist doesn't have to ruin the film.
I found this as a tight thriller, that dabbles on great political intrigue. I enjoyed the chemistry of Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman. I will admit this took two sittings to finish, but overall I found this as a enjoyable classic that was most definitely well-done.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!