Badass Digest Presents: ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN

Director Alan J. Pakula
Year 1976
Starring Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jack Warden
Rating R
Run Time 138min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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This screening is part of our December celebration of The News in Cinema!

ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN almost plays like a fantasy movie today. Imagine a world where the president being involved in nefarious doings is shocking. And imagine a world where journalists actually get to the bottom of that, as opposed to simply covering the latest celebrity to-do or regurgitating talking points memos.

Based on the non-fiction book by Carl Bernstein and Edward Woodward, ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN tells the story of how the two young WASHINGTON POST reporters followed a story that began with a hotel break-in and ended with the toppling of an American president. The true story is one of the most important chapters in American history, and the movie version is a wonderful example of the serious filmmaking that came out of major studios in the 1970s golden age of Hollywood.

For a movie whose outcome is pre-spoiled, Alan J. Pakula’s ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN still packs in plenty of tension, excitement and delicious procedural investigation. The third film in his “Paranoia Trilogy” (we can’t recommend KLUTE and THE PARALLAX VIEW enough), ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN takes the paranoia out of the fictional realm and places it straight in the real world.

Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman make a terrific team. Hoffman would follow this up with another great paranoid movie, MARATHON MAN, while Redford was just coming off THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR. The ‘70s were certainly the decade to be looking over your back and discovering government agents lurking in the shadows.

Yeah, there was a lot of paranoia going around in the 1970s, and ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN proved that it was founded. But it also proved that smart, involved people could make a difference. As the NSA watches me type every word on my computer I have to keep that lesson in mind. (Devin Faraci)

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