ByAaron Washing, writer at

All the President's Men is a 1976 political thriller directed by Alan J. Pakula, and it came out four years after the Watergate scandal. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won four including Best Supporting Actor for Jason Robards, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Art Direction, and Best Sound.

All the President's Men is the true story about two investigative journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein (played by Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman respectively) doing a story on the Watergate robbery. Once they uncover more and more about the people involved they discover that there's more to this than what was being presented.

What's great about the film is that for the people who knew about the Watergate scandal can still get invested in it, it got to the meat of the story, which was what going on during the investigation by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, wonderfully performed by both Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman, it still feels very suspenseful for the viewer with meticulous direction and quick dialogue. It's also great for those who don't really know about Watergate, as Woodward and Bernstein dig deeper into the story and find out more than what they should've known, the audience also finds out about the deeper meaning behind Watergate.

There is a great scene where Bernstein is gathering information from the White House librarian, but she denies to Bernstein after a few seconds as she hung up. Then, Woodward talks to the head of the library about this and he goes to check on her, he says that she denies talking to Bernstein at all, having them, as well as the audience, feel the suspicion that something fishy is going on.

The film does an excellent job at creating tension through mostly dialogue, even if the audience knows about the Watergate scandal, with naturalistic direction, top-notch writing, and amazing performance from everyone in the cast, from the lead performances of Hoffman and Redford to the supporting players of Jason Robards, Jack Warden, Jane Alexander, Martin Balsam, and Hal Holbrook.


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