Conspiracy film specialist Alan J. Pakula turned journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's best-selling account of their Watergate investigation into one of the hit films of Bicentennial year 1976. While researching a story about a botched 1972 burglary of Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergate apartment complex, green Washington Post reporters/rivals Woodward (Robert Redford, who also exec produced) and Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) stumble on a possible connection between the burglars and a White House staffer. With the circumspect approval of executive editor Ben Bradlee (Jason Robards), the pair digs deeper. Aided by a guilt-ridden turncoat bookkeeper (Jane Alexander) and the vital if cryptic guidance of Woodward's mystery source, Deep Throat (Hal Holbrook), Woodward and Bernstein "follow the money" all the way to the top of the Nixon administration. Despite Deep Throat's warnings that their lives are in danger, and the reluctance of older Post editors, Woodward and Bernstein are determined to get out the story of the crime and its presidential cover-up. Once Bradlee is convinced, the final teletype impassively taps out the historically explosive results. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi
They just don't make movies like this anymore: realistic, un-hyped, detailed, and with strong, natural, visual geometry. The feel of the 1970s is palpable. Ignore the brain-dead reviewers who say it's slow; it's real. And the implications of this true story are frightening--and need to be relearned in our time.
This movie is an eye-opener about two men who were courageous enough to follow their hearts despite "bad people" trying to stop them. If these two reporters had not reported Watergate persistently, our country may have gone a different direction - perhaps to political disaster. It's inspiring to see this bravery which is, unfortunately, uncommon today. No special effects so it's a true grit movie! It also makes you realize how much work it was to be a reporter back then - today, anyone can be "media."