All the President's Men

All the President's Men

DVD - 2006
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True story of the Watergate break-in that led to the political scandal of the decade, based on the best-seller by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. Includes Robert Redford and the Making of a Political Thriller and many other special features.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, 2006
Edition: Two-disc special ed. widescreen
ISBN: 9781419817069
141981706X
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 138 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Call Number: DVD ALL

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britprincess1ajax
Aug 09, 2017

This film stands as proof of the need for accountability and how it is part of the role of journalists in society to question authority, find and protect trustworthy sources, and seek the truth. ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN stands out for having a certain charisma, not just for being about one of the most notorious political scandals in American history. Its style amplifies its substance. Dustin Hoffman plays the fast-talking, somewhat socially inept, near-ruthless Bernstein with a perfect mixture of hunger and hope. However, I feel it is Redford that really blows it out of the water. Redford as Woodward takes more time to play the social game, offering politesse during a time period of threats and door-slamming. I preferred Redford over Hoffman, but the duo offer that unique brand of acting that makes you feel like you're seeing something for the first time with each and every screening. They emanate journalistic integrity and a mutual love for uncovering the truth about Watergate that proves that a couple of guys and a typewriter can change the course of history for the better. I would recommend everyone to screen it at least once in their lifetime.

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winston16
Dec 11, 2015

With all the nonsense happening these days in politics, had an urge to watch this classic again. Still a great movie with an important lesson about democracy. Added bonus-- watching people type (miss that sound) and dial phones. Wonder what this story would be like with today's technology !

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Nursebob
Dec 13, 2014

On June 17th 1972, five men were caught breaking in to the National Democratic Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington D.C. But when Bob Woodward, a cub reporter for the Washington Post, discovered that not only were the men carrying surveillance equipment, some some of them had ties to the C.I.A. as well, he and fellow newspaperman Carl Bernstein spearheaded a journalistic investigation which uncovered a web of deceit and domestic espionage stretching all the way to President Nixon’s personal cabinet. Based on Woodward and Bernstein’s subsequent book, Alan J. Pakula’s film is both a taut newspaper procedural and a damning indictment of the lengths politicians will go in order to stay in power. Utilizing harsh fluorescent lighting, explosive sound editing (typewriter strokes superimposed over cannon fire...brilliant!), and a highly kinetic visual style Pakula’s cast of Hollywood heavyweights, led by Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman, breathe life into those glaring headlines while William Goldman’s screenplay tries to make sense out of a decidedly serpentine plot. Furthermore, the inclusion of archival television footage keeps things rooted in reality while the use of two-way telephone conversations, wherein the audience is privy to both sides of the call, gives a feeling of authenticity. Whether we’ve become more accustomed to Washington scandals in the forty years following Watergate, or just more tired and apathetic, All The President’s Men still serves as a valuable time capsule which hearkens back to the days before journalism became the three-ring infotainment travesty it is today.

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garycornell
Jun 12, 2014

Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford playing New York Times Reporters at the time of the Watergate break in. They play it as a team looking for clues and they find some. Now it gets interesting because big people do not want the truth to come out. Outstanding true story and one I will never forget.

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wiredonjava
Jan 19, 2014

Enjoyed Redford's Farrah Fawcett hairstyle and the lawless smoking that went on in the computerless newsroom. Quite the complicated story but well acted out. I liked how unconvential they were in their methods of gathering clues to figure out this massive & mysterious corrupt event in politics.

MWPH Oct 12, 2013

Having not lived during the 70s, and since my high school history class ended at World War II, when I hear "Watergate" I immediately think about an illegal break-in involving Nixon, but sadly that is the extent of my knowledge. This film provides fascinating details and is captivating from beginning to end.

Although this film is about how these two exceptional reporters got the story rolling, the ending is surprisingly bland. When the screen faded to black, I was shocked when the credits began rolling. Perhaps even the actual news video of Nixon resigning would've added something but, since the film came out shortly after these events occurred, I have to assume the audience was probably sick of seeing his face.

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duane767
Sep 08, 2013

I know this movie was made almost forty years ago (yow, the seventies were that long ago??) but what a nice change of pace to watch in this day and age where too many movies are overwhelmed by music score and underwhelmed by great acting. My only complaint: the movie seemed to end somewhat abruptly. It is long enough as it is but it would have been good to follow the reporters as their story continues to break open the Watergate scandal.

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AtomicFez
Nov 26, 2011

The dialogue is of the mid-70s style – meaning “not all that damn much” – which bring a fair bit of realism to the matter, yet is still sufficient to support the narrative. The events of the time play out on TV screens in the newsroom easily enough, until we get far enough into the reporting that those same screens start reflecting the effects of the reporters’ efforts back to them. Suddenly the use – nay, need – of journalists to go and poke around where voices are not being heard is more apparent than before.

To say “nothing was the same after ‘Watergate’ happened” is accurate, but over-simplifies in the same way that “Jesus wept” is ridiculously succinct. Until it became the scandal it is now known to be, the President of the United States, as well as the CIA and FBI – plus any other World Leaders you can name – were seen as un-topple-able, and almost unquestionable in their nobility. Leaders were there because they deserved to be. The events initiated by CREEP and those above its offices were unthinkable. The cynicism of today for those in power exists as a direct result of this beginning the snowball of more secret arrangements, pay-offs, and political back-scratching for the next three decades. The growing discontent with the Vietnam War served to add fuel to the fire of Watergate’s conflagration of office leave-taking.

Awesome film, and something that is important to watch in order to see where all this started to go wrong. Well, okay it went wrong long before this, but the awareness of it being incorrect began here.

aaa5756 Nov 25, 2011

A++ movie!!!!

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Great movie, based on actual events. Well scripted, and well acted, a must see!

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britprincess1ajax
Aug 09, 2017

"Just... follow the money."

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britprincess1ajax
Aug 09, 2017

"Forget the myths the media's created about the White House. The truth is, these are not very bright guys, and things got out of hand."

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britprincess1ajax
Aug 09, 2017

"I don't know. You're implying that I should know. If you print that, our relationship will be terminated."
"Sir, we don't have a relationship."

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britprincess1ajax
Aug 09, 2017

"It would be nice if we were right."

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britprincess1ajax
Aug 09, 2017

"You've done worse than let [him] slip away: you've got people feeling sorry for him. I didn't think that was possible. In a conspiracy like this, you build from the outer edges and go step by step. If you shoot too high and miss, everybody feels more secure. You've put the investigation back months."

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britprincess1ajax
Aug 09, 2017

"Well, it's not that we're using nameless sources that bothers me. Or that everything we print, the White House denies. Or that no other papers are reprinting our stuff."
"What then?"
"Look, there are two thousand reporters in this town. Are there five on Watergate? When did the Washington Post suddenly get the monopoly on wisdom?"

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britprincess1ajax
Aug 09, 2017

"If you're gonna do it, do it right. If you're gonna hype it, hype it with the facts. I don't mind what you did. I mind the way you did it."

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britprincess1ajax
Aug 09, 2017

"I guess I don't have the taste for the jugular you guys have."

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Carl Bernstein: Boy, that woman was paranoid! At one point I - I suddenly wondered how high up this thing goes, and her paranoia finally got to me, and I thought what we had was so hot that any minute CBS or NBC were going to come in through the windows and take the story away.
Bob Woodward: You're both paranoid. She's afraid of John Mitchell, and you're afraid of Walter Cronkite.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Harry Rosenfeld: Bernstein, why don't you finish one story before trying to get on another?
Carl Bernstein: I finished it.
Harry Rosenfeld: The Virginia legislature story?
Carl Bernstein: I finished it.
Harry Rosenfeld: All right, give it to me.
Carl Bernstein: I'm just polishing it.

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britprincess1ajax
Aug 09, 2017

Other: Characters smoke throughout the film.

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britprincess1ajax
Aug 09, 2017

Coarse Language: A few cuss words are used periodically, but not in a glorifying manner. The term "rat-f**king" is used as the political jargon for double-crossing. There are 11 uses of the F-word, as well as a few milder cusswords

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Reporters Woodward and Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Nixon's resignation.

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