All the President’s Men (1976)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
Actors: Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford
Runtime: 138 min
During the U.S. presidential campaign of 1972, Washington Post reporters Karl Bernstin and Bob Woodward investigated the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C.
An anonymous source from the FBI, nicknamed Deep Throat, began to leak information indicating there is something much more sinister hiding behind the scenes, but in the beginning journalists found it hard to belive and grasp the scale of it all. Through their investigation, the case of an ordinary burglary has grown into one of the biggest political scandals that have ever shook the U.S.
It turned out that the Committee to Re-elect the President (Richard Nixon) has engaged in serious political dirty tricks, harassment, espionage, etc. and that the Justice Department, the FBI and the CIA are involved in the cover-up. Scandal continued to unravel until it became clear that in the whole thing involved highest officials of the White House, including President Richard Nixon personally.
Movie All the President’s Men was made in 1976, four years after the outbreak of the Watergate scandal and only two years after Richard Nixon was forced to resign because of this (and thus becoming the only U.S. president who resigned). The film received a great public attention, made a huge political influence in the United States, set new standards of journalism and became one of the most commercially successful political films in history.
In the scene when the two journalists are going towards the house of one of the key people in the scandal, one of them says: “All these neat, little houses and all these nice, little streets… It’s hard to believe that something’s wrong with some of those little houses.” to which the other replies: “No, it isn’t.” This conversation sums up the disillusionment in the political system and the outrage of an entire generation. Based on actual events.
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