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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,…
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…
The thing that never fails to amaze me whenever I watch All The President's Men, and I've seen it several times now, is the way it manages to be a thriller without really being a thriller.
Because it really isn't, is it? Aside from a bit of a scare after one of the meetings with Deep Throat, there are no conventional thrills here. Plus there is the fact that this is, of course, a true story. Yet throughout the majority of its running time, there is an air of tension and feeling of danger running through it that you don't really shake off until the very last reel - even more remarkable in that we all know how this story…
You can still feel many of the cinematic and pop culture effects from All the President's Men close to forty years on - the 'Deep Throat' mysterious contact, the palpable sense of paranoia lurking in every shadow, catchphrases such as 'follow the money'. Alan J. Pakula's film is riven with originality in almost every sense, taking a near-documentarian approach to the non-fiction time by Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstein as their investigation into the Watergate complex unravelled perhaps the greatest political scandal in US Presidential history. It's a riveting tale presented as close to fact as a fictional adaptation can muster, William Goldman's screenplay taking a forensic approach to the book & allowing Pakula to serve up a complex…
All The President's Men is a great newspaper drama - & there aren't many of them - that tells the true story of the Watergate scandal & the lengths that two Washington Post reporters, Carl Berstein & Bob Woodward (played by Dustin Hoffman & Robert Redford respectively) went to in order to uncover the truth about a break in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in 1972 & the subsequent cover up by the Nixon administration to deny its involvement in the crime.
The film expertly plays its role at a taut pace in relaying the story from the point of view of the two reporters who are at the centre of the film for pretty much it's entire 2 hour 13 minute run time.…
Right up there with High and Low and Zodiac as some of my favorite procedurals. Completely jarred by the abrupt ending though. Should note that I'm watching this in 2014, which has much more distance from Watergate. Thinking about how it would have been received in 1976, the concision of the ending would make sense; with time though, it comes across less well.
Could have watched this for another two hours--and really, there was probably enough material to go on. Old-school journalism is fascinating on-screen. That bit where Woodward is furiously looking up a contact in shelves of phone directories was transfixing in a strange pre-internet era way.
Interesting that Pakula chose to end the film on a downbeat…
Also, Redford = Babesville.
One of the films from decades ago that look strikingly modern for its time. All the President's Men feels like a film that someone like David Fincher would have made in the mid-70s with all the resources at his disposal.
i wasn't really paying attention
First Impression: The adaption is very well done and both Redford and Hoffman are great, but the story's a little slow and very of-its-own-time. In terms of adaptions of non-fictional books, I preferred Moneyball and The Social Network.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Terrific performances, steady direction, and a taut script make "All the President's Men" a constantly suspenseful, engaging procedural.
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