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All The President's Men

drama, thrillers

Two reporters trail the Watergate burglary to the doorstep of the White House. ROBERT REDFORD and DUSTIN HOFFMAN star. Three Academy Awards(R) went to this true suspenseful story.

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common sense

ON for kids age 12
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
1 out of 5
1 out of 5

Superb Woodward and Bernstein Watergate story.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this classic drama based on the true story of the reporters who uncovered the Watergate scandal has some tense moments, strong language (including "s--t" and "f--k"), smoking, and drinking. Kids may need some historical context in order to understand the story's complex characters and situations, but those who stick with it will take away positive messages about persistence and dedication to the truth.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why Woodward and Bernstein are the only reporters interested in the story. Why did they insist on two sources before they would publish anything?
  • One of the people portrayed in the movie later testified before the Watergate Committee that he had "lost his moral compass." What does that mean? How does something like that happen?
  • How has technology changed the way that reporters do research and prepare their stories?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: A classic. More important now than it was 20 years ago.

- Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum, Thursday, June 24, 2010


- Cole Smithey,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Alan Pakula's chronicle of the Washington Post Vs. the Watergate scandal is not only a poignant statement about the role of the press in the 1970s, but one of the most successful political movies in American history, both artistically and commercially.

- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

The shots in the film were very simple but had great impact. I really liked the 70s feel to this movie. I know it was filmed then but it almost felt more like a documentary then a docudrama. Although the movie moved quite slowly, the fast paced reporting was great to see as the two main reporting bantered back and forth. I definitely recommended viewing for anyone interested in Watergate and political scandal.

- FireStormStudios, Sunday, March 8, 2009

3 stars

Good thriller based on real life. Movie on how the PRESS affected a PRESident :)

- imrealgod, Tuesday, January 6, 2009

5 stars

All the President's Men is a political thriller. Unlike typical political thrillers this one is based on a true event- the burglary of Democratic National headquarters at the Watergate office complex. The film shows the long road that Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) traveled to get from a simple botched burglary to one of the greatest government conspiracy in U.S. history. Redford and Hoffman were at their peak and not doing crap back in 1976. Their performances are riveting, especially since most of the film they are on the phone. They keep the film alive while showing some of the ho-hum life of a newspaper reporter. The best portrayal is Jason Robards as Ben Bradlee, the editor of the Washington Post. Robards won the Oscar for this role and he gives it the old school life and charm and no bullshit attitude that you would expect out of this character (Robards has been commended for nailing Bradlee even though they never met). A stellar performance. Most people associate the Watergate break-in as Nixon's folly and that two reporters toppled a Presidency because of it. This film gives the details of how long and wide the road was to Nixon quitting in 1974. There was more to this than a simple burglary. All the President's Men shows this while not boring the audience by dryly going through the facts. The characters have life breathed into them and that's what makes the film so great.

- sononothing, Sunday, September 7, 2008