All the President’s Men

Year: 1976
Studio: Warner Bros
Director: Alan J Pakula
Writer: William Goldman/Carl Bernstein/Bob Woodward
Cast: Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Jason Robards, Hal Holbrook, F Murray Abraham, Ned Beatty, Jack Warden

A realistic and exciting account of Woodward and Bernstein, the Washington Post journalists who uncovered the Watergate break-in cover up. A particularly good performance from Robards as legendary editor Ben Bradlee, in a role tailor made for him (similar to that of the law firm CEO he played in Philadelphia). Exciting and intricate throughout as the duo face political roadblocks, racketeering and gag orders from their own paper as well as politicians, but there's one major problem.

The last minute of the movie comprises nothing but newspaper headlines being printed out on a telex machine telling the rest of the story about the scandal and Nixon's downfall. The only plausible reason for it is because the film was concerned with telling the story of Woodward and Bernstein digging for the truth where everyone else knows the rest, but it does make for a huge anticlimax.

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