• All the President's Men (1976)

All the President's Men

Release Date: April 7th, 1976

DVD Release Date: October 29th, 1997

PG |2 hr 18 min

Plot Summary

Two green reporters and rivals working for the Washington Post, Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman), research the botched 1972 burglary of the Democratic Party Headquarters at the Watergate apartment complex. With the help of a mysterious source, code-named Deep Throat (Hal Holbrook), the two reporters make a connection between the burglars and a White House staffer. Despite dire warnings about their safety, the duo follows the money all the way to the top.

Cast: Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam, Hal Holbrook, Jason Robards, Jane Alexander, Meredith Baxter

Director: Alan J. Pakula

Genres: Docudrama

Production Co: Wildwood, Warner Brothers

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Keywords: Quest, 1970s, Engaging, Tense

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    One has the impression that Goldman realized you can push a good thing just so far, or that audiences will follow reportorial plotting just so long. show more

  • 88
    Wes GreeneSlant Magazine

    All the President’s Men’s masterstroke is how it rejects mythologizing the pivotal history behind it, appropriately forgoing a climax by closing on a simple telex furiously relaying messages. The film doesn’t present two underdogs bringing down a president; it’s two reporters doing business as usual. show more

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    It provides the most observant study of working journalists we're ever likely to see in a feature film. And it succeeds brilliantly in suggesting the mixture of exhilaration, paranoia, self-doubt, and courage that permeated the Washington Post as its two young reporters went after a presidency. show more

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Awards

Nominated Film Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1977)
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Winner Sound
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1977)
Winner Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)
Winner Art Direction
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1977)
Nominated Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1977)
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Soundtrack
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1977)
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1977)
Nominated Directing
Nominated Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1977)
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture