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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

4 stars

One of the best conspiracy-paranoia movies of the 70s, especially since it's a true story. It's guys like Nixon who made everyone aware that there was a good reason to be paranoid and to believe that conspiracy theories can have a basis in reality. 03/26/07 update: Living in the time of bu--sh-- right now, I have to appreciate that this current administration makes Nixon and his gang look like a bunch of rank amateurs. This story, I fear, will never be out of touch with "current reality" at any time.

- binky013, Tuesday, March 27, 2007

4 stars

Carl Bernstein: Boy, that woman was paranoid! At one point I - I suddenly wondered how high up this thing goes, and her paranoia finally got to me, and I thought what we had was so hot that any minute CBS or NBC were going to come in through the windows and take the story away. Bob Woodward: You're both paranoid. She's afraid of John Mitchell, and you're afraid of Walter Cronkite. Here we have a movie about two hard hitting investigative journalists, who are out to prove all the details surrounding the Watergate scandal leading to Nixon's resignation from office. Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford spend their time in the movie, getting facts from everywhere, taking notes, and typing articles. All of this and you still have a very entertaining movie. Its well paced, looks great, captures the environment of a newsroom, and is able to build tension from phone calls. The movie is well acted, very detailed, and very meticulous in showing us the real processes necessary to do the things that these people do. As long as you pay careful attention, you will have no worries following the film. Scott, Foreign Editor: It's a dangerous story for this paper. Ben Bradlee: How dangerous? Scott, Foreign Editor: Well, it's not that we're using nameless sources that bothers me. Or that everything we print, the White House denies. Or that no other papers are reprinting our stuff. Howard Simons: What then? Scott, Foreign Editor: Look, there are two thousand reporters in this town, are there five on Watergate? When did the Washington Post suddenly get the monopoly on wisdom? Why would the republicans do it? McGovern's self-destructed just like Humphries, Muskie, the bunch of them. I don't believe this story. It doesn't make sense.

- DrZeek, Friday, May 25, 2007

4 stars

An american classic. intriguing and compelling and above all based on actual facts. great cinematography, direction, script and performances.

- pier007, Friday, July 13, 2007