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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…
It wasn't hard to see how meticulous All the President's Men's story was regarding governmental corruption and political conspiracies. Centered around two reporters who exposed the Watergate scandal, this is a well acted and interesting thriller. However, I felt its running time was overlong and being someone completely uninterested in politics, I found myself bored in many parts and distracted easily. It's not a bad movie whatsoever and Redford/Hoffman work well off each other, but its subject matter simply isn't my cup of tea.
For a formulaic, tailored-for-the-oscars detective thriller, this one held my attention. Perhaps it was the always wonderful cinematography by Gordon Willis, perhaps it was the presence of the greats Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford (the latter not bad looking either). Regardless, this would have definitely still been fresh in 1976, before Fincher sort of wore out the genre (imo). I learned a lot too: the intricacies of the Watergate scandal were far more vast then I ever imagined. And did I mention that Redford was hot?
Directed by Alan J. Pakula and based on the Woodward/Bernstein book, All the Presidents Men is the story of Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman). Both reporters for the Washingtion Post, they grabbed the Watergate story and stuck with it through every bit of doubt, denial, and discouragement. Their work played a key role in driving former U.S. President Richard Nixon out of office.
My main issue with the film was the fact I already knew the story. This film won four Academy Awards in 1976, the year I was born. The actual events took Place just a few years before that so as you can imagine, I've been hearing about the Watergate scandal for most of…
Great acting from most of the people involved, but it's not very tense or dramatic so while realistic doesn't really, fully keep me interested or engaged. I don't think it's really that interesting for people who don't really care for politics. I also think that they simplify an extremely complicated event into a simple story of two good reporters trying to uncover the truth and bring the bad guys to justice. I also find Robert Redford to be a very forgettable and highly overrated actor.
One of my all time favorites. A gripping portrayal of some of the best journalism we will ever see. Highly recommended for anyone regardless of whether or not you are interested in politics.
One of a kind and for the ages: a true masterpiece.
A great film. I'm never terribly excited about true story or biopics, but good films are good films. This, Dog Day Afternoon, Raging Bull, Malcom X, Schindler's List, The Pianist, The Elephant Man, etc are bios at their very best.
And like those films, this wasn't just a dramatic retelling of true events. This was a tense political thriller(of sorts) with nuanced characters and an incredible story. I was so engulfed in it that by the time it ended I had forgot it actually happened and that's what makes it so great. It's not fiction, but it's enthralling enough that for a moment you may think it is or just not care all together whether it is or not. Yes,…
A film that shows the difficulty of journalism and that when you sometimes try to do good, people will do anything to stop you.
It's very late and I was honestly contemplating not writing a review for this movie, but I can't see a movie and simply not review it, that goes against everything I stand for! That being said, this will be brief. I honestly don't have much to say. 'All the President's Men' is a movie that was assuredly good in the 1970's, but I would say that it really hasn't stood the test of time. Dennis Hoffman and Robert Redford are both quite good and a few of the supporting actors are quite good also. My biggest complaint with this movie was just the way it was shot. They had a great concept, solid cast, and an entire country full of…
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