Review: ‘All the President’s Men’

Some ingenious direction by Alan J. Pakula and scripting by William Goldman remove much of the inherent dramatic lethargy in any story of reporters running down a story.

Some ingenious direction by Alan J. Pakula and scripting by William Goldman remove much of the inherent dramatic lethargy in any story of reporters running down a story.

Thus, All the President’s Men, from the Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein book about their experiences uncovering the Watergate coverup for The Washington Post, emerges close to being an American Z. Robert Redford and especially Dustin Hoffman excel in their starring roles.

Besides the stars, many of the featured players contribute mightily. As Deep Throat, the official who assisted the reporters in filtering out the facts, Hal Holbrook is outstanding; this actor, herein in near-total shadow, is as compelling as he is in virtually every role played.

Jason Robards, as Post exec editor Ben Bradlee, provides an excellent characterization, backed up strongly by Jack Warden and Martin Balsam as senior editors.

1976: Best Supp. Actor (Jason Robards), Adapted Screenplay, Art Direction, Sound.

Nominations: Best Picture, Director, Supp. Actress (Jane Alexander), Editing

All the President's Men

Production

Wildwood/Warner. Director Alan J. Pakula; Producer Walter Coblenz; Writer William Goldman; Camera Gordon Willis Editor Robert L. Wolfe; Music David Shire Art George Jenkins

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1976. Running time: 138 MIN.

With

Dustin Hoffman Robert Redford Jack Warden Martin Balsam Hal Holbrook Jason Robards
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