Dustin Hoffman’s 20 Best Movies, Ranked
It’s very brave for a film to address events in recent history. There is always a risk that the depiction of recent events may look like a sensationalist exploitation of recent headlines. Some movies centered on recent news items don’t age well at all. However, Alan J. Pakula’s 1976 biographical drama “All the President’s Men“avoided these problems and became a modern classic. The film’s important message about the power of journalism in a democratic society is more relevant than ever.
“All The President’s Men” was inspired by the nonfiction book of the same name, written by “Washington Post” reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward. Bernstein and Woodward wrote about their experiences breaking up the “Watergate scandal”. On June 17, 1972, five thieves broke into the office of the Democratic National Committee in Washington, D.C., and subsequently President Richard Nixon and his administration attempted to cover up evidence of the attempted burglary. After Bernstein and Woodward revealed Nixon’s involvement in the scandal, the president resigned from office.
The film explores the in-depth investigation conducted by Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) and Woodward (Robert Redford) to seek out the historic political scandal. In the pre-internet days, all of their research had to be done in person. As they got closer to the details of the Nixon administration’s ties to crime, Bernstein and Woodward became convinced that their lives were in danger. Hoffman and Redford showed the courage these true heroes faced in the face of potential danger.