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All The President’s Men Movie Analysis

“All The President’s Men” is a movie based on the Washington Post’s investigation into the Watergate scandal and the resultant attempts by the White House to cover it up.

The movie follows the efforts of two Washington Post reporters working tirelessly to unearth the true motives behind the Watergate scandal. The movie starts by showing five men breaking into the Democratic National Committee being hosted at the Watergate hotel. The break-in is reported by Frank Willis, a security guard. At first, the event is taken lightly by Bob Woodward, played by Robert Redford. However, as the scandal begins to unravel, Woodward is joined by the more experienced Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman).

The reporters in their quest are soon helped by a mysterious character known as Deep Throat; a high-ranking government official turned whistleblower (Tunzelmann, 2014). The movie never tells us who the mysterious whistleblower is as his identity was only confirmed about thirty years later. The movie is credited with coining the most famous phrase, “Follow the money” which now has gained immense prominence.

As Woodward and Bernstein continue to unravel and go through the potential evidence, they soon discover the dirty politics that had been going on. They uncover evidence of stuffing ballot boxes as well as planting spies in the groups that the Nixon administration identified as opposition. Scores of people are found guilty of abuse of power. It turned out that the FBI, CIA, and the IRS were also being used as political weapons to further the interests of the Nixon administration. Finally, President Nixon had to step down as a result of the scandal.

The movie was released four years after the scandal had unfolded. By that time, the public had grown tired of hearing about Nixon and the Watergate scandal. Nevertheless, the movie effectively captures the attention of the audiences. The characters of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein play such a critical role in the movie’s success that they share the rank of No. 27 (Heroes) on AFI’s 100 Years. The intricate details of the Watergate scandal are effectively told in this short movie, with no detail being left out although with a touch of Hollywood (THR Staff, 2014). Overall, it makes the movie a must see.


THR Staff. (2014, October 21). All the President’s Men’: THR’s 1976 Review. Retrieved from The Hollywood Reporter:

Tunzelmann, A. v. (2014, October 14). All the President’s Men: Hoffman and Redford fight the powers that be. Retrieved from The Guardian :



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