All the President's Men
1976, 138 min.
A Robert Redford-Alan J. Pakula Film
Warner Bros.

Dustin Hoffman (Carl Bernstein), Robert Redford (Bob Woodward), Jack Warden (Harry Rosenfeld), Hal Holbrook (Deep Throat), Jane Alexander (Bookkeeper), Ned Beatty (Dardis), Martin Balsam (Howard Simons), Jason Robards (Ben Bradlee), Meredith Baxter (Debbie Sloan), Stephen Collins (Hugh Sloan, Jr.), Penny Fuller (Sally Aiken), John McMartin (Foreign Editor), Robert Walden (Donald Segretti), Frank Wills (Frank Wills), F. Murray Abraham, Anthony Mannino, Lelan Smith (Arresting Officers), David Arkin (Bachinski), Henry Calvert (Barker), Dominic Chianese (Martinez), Bryan E. Clark (Arguing Attorney), Nicholas Coster (Markham), Lindsay Ann Crouse (Kay), Valerie Curtin (Miss Milland), Gene Dynarski (Court Clerk), Nate Esformes (Gonzales), Ron Hale (Sturgis), Richard Herd (James McCord), Polly Holiday (Dardis'Secretary), James Karen (Hugh Sloan's Lawyer), Paul Lambert (National Editor), Frank Latimore (Judge), Gene Lindsey (Baldwin), Allyn Ann McLerie (Carolyn Abbott), James Murtaugh (Library Clerk), John O'Leary, George Wyner (Attorneys), Jess Osuna (FBI Man), Neva Patterson (Angry CRP Woman), George Pentecost (George), Penny Peyser (Sharon Lyons), Joshua Shelley (Al Lewis), Sloane Shelton (Bookkeeper's Sister), Jaye Stewart (Male Librarian), Ralph Williams (Ray Steuben), Leroy Aarons (Financial Editor), Carol Cogin and Shwan Shea (News Aides)

Prod Walter Coblenz; Dir Alan J. Paukula; Scr Wiliam Goldman (based on the book by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward); Dir of Photog Gordon Willis (Technicolor); Music David Shire; Editor Robert L. Wolfe; Prod Des George Jenkins; Set dec George Gaines; Sound Arthur Piatadosi, Les Fresholtz, Dick Alexander and Jim Webb Makeup Gary Liddiard; Costumes Barney Pollack

Genre: Drama

Summary: On the night of June 17th, 1972, five men carrying sophisticated bugging equipment are detected and trapped while breaking into the National Democratic Headquarters in Washington D.C.'s Watergate complex. Covering their arraignment in court, Bob Woodward, a fledgling reporter for the Washington Post, is taken aback by two observations: the men have their own counsel, and one of them (James McCord) is recently retired from the CIA. As Woodward types his story for the newspaper's metropolitan editor, Harry Rosenfeld, he is irritated by the meddling of another reporter, the ambitious although more experienced Carl Bernstein. After learning that an address book belonging to one of the burglars contained the name Howard Hunt--an associate of Charles Colson, special counsel to President Richard Nixon--Woodward discovers that Hunt was also with the CIA. As interest in the story mounts, managing editor Howard Simons suspects there may be a link to the White House and wants to assign veteran reporters to the case. But when Rosenfeld defends his two rookies, Woodward suppresses his annoyance at Bernstein's interference and reluctantly consents to share the assignment. Contacting an important government official he met socially, Woodward has a clandestine meeting with the man in a deserted subterranean garage. Once Woodward has sworn never to reveal his source, he relates what he already knows, including the fact that the burglars have $25,000 for legal fees. Promising to keep Woodward on a straight path by confirming his suspicions, but refusing to volunteer information, the man advises Woodward to "follow the money." At the burglars' base in Miami, Bernstein learns from an intermediary named Dardis that checks were issued to Kenneth H. Dahlberg, midwestern finance officer for the Committee to Re-Elect the President (CRP or CREEP). During two phone conversations with Dahlberg, Woodward is informed that the $25,000 went to Maurice Stans, the National Chairman of CRP. Woodward and Bernstein, now dubbed "Woodstein," decide they must determine how the money got from Stans to the burglars; advised by Woodward's contact, now dubbed "Deep Throat," that CRP has a slush fund in the hundreds of thousands, the two reporters use a Washington Post employee to get a list of all the people who worked at CRP. Though they are met with an almost total lack of cooperation, they do get a former bookkeeper to admit to the existence of a secret fund administered by former Attorney General John Mitchell. The bookkeeper confesses that everyone (herself included) is worried, that "it's all so rotten," and that she cares only for onetime CRP treasurer Hugh Sloan, who quit under pressure from his pregnant wife. When Bernstein wonders aloud if Sloan is being set up as a fall guy, the bookkeeper says, "if you guys could get Mitchell, that would be beautiful." As Woodstein continue to investigate, the Post's executive editor Ben Bradlee—despite grave reservations— runs their articles, but insists on more facts. Knowing that one function of the secret fund was to discredit political opponents, the reporters contact Donald Segretti, who readily admits he composed racist letters supposedly written by Senator Edmund S. Muskie. But Deep Throat tells Woodward not to concentrate on Segretti ("Don't you understand what you're on to?"), implying that the link goes even higher than Mitchell. Assuming the reference is to senior Presidential adviser H.R. (Bob) Haldeman, the reporters confront Sloan, who says he would have "no problem" if they named Haldeman. But Bradlee is disturbed at the prospect of attacking in print the "second most powerful man in America," and demands further confirmation. When that support comes from a highly-placed individual with the Justice Department, Bradlee decides to "go" with the story. On the following day, however, Sloan denies on television that he named Haldeman. Bradlee decides to "stand by the boys" and not do a retraction. Desperate, Woodward meets with Deep Throat, to be told that he shot too high too fast. Losing his temper, Woodward says he's tired of game-playing and wants facts, not hints. Yielding to the emotional appeal, Deep Throat confirms that the calculated guess at Haldeman was correct, that the coverup involved everyone and led everywhere--the CIA, FBI, the Justice Department--but warns Woodward that his life, as well as Bernstein's, could be in jeopardy. When Sloan later admits he wanted to mention Haldeman to a Grand Jury investigating Watergate but didn't simply because he was never asked about Haldeman, Woodward and Bernstein continue to pursue their story—even as Nixon is sworn in for his second term. But in the days to come, the Woodstein stories are verified, the accused plead guilty, sentences are passed--and, on August 9th, 1974, Richard Nixon resigns from the office of President.—Film Facts, 1976