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All The President's Men (1976)


Written by Tim Dirks

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All the President's Men (1976)

In Alan Pakula's Best Picture-nominated political film:

  • the opening police call ("Car 727. Car 727. Open door at the Watergate office building. Possible burglary")
  • the statement by Deep Throat - delivered in the shadows: "Just follow the money"
  • the night scene at editor Ben Bradlee's (Oscar-winning Jason Robards, Jr.) house when Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) divulged the news from Deep Throat (Hal Holbrook) that "everyone is involved"
  • Bradlee's final words of advice to his reporters: "Nothing's riding on this except the, uh, First Amendment, freedom of the press, and maybe the future of the country. Not that any of that matters, but if you guys f--k up again, I'm going to get mad. Goodnight" - and his go-ahead for his reporters to print their story
  • the opening and then compelling final scene in which they typed (a closeup of typewriter keys banging on paper) in their news office while in the foreground - a TV broadcast Nixon's 1972 second inauguration, 21-gun salute and oath of office - and then another teletype report of August 9, 1974 - "NIXON RESIGNS..."

Deep Throat

Ben Bradlee's Advice to Reporters


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