Monday, November 23, 2009

Capsule Review: All The President's Men (1976)

The blueprint for modern journalism films, the story of Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward's uncovering of the Watergate scandal remains startling, thrilling and intelligently constructed. Committed to recreating recent history, the film relates one of history's most mind-bending accounts of corruption with exact detail, but also finds room for humor – particularly in the interplay between Woodward and Bernstein (Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman respectively) and Jason Robards as their grizzled editor at the Washington Post. Directed ably by Alan J. Pakula, the acting and production design is uniformally excellent, and it immortalized the character of Deep Throat (Hal Holbrook), who would be parodied endlessly afterward.

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