Genre Grandeur – All the President’s Men (1976) – Michael Eddy


For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Political Thrillers, here’s a review of All the President’s Men (1976) by Michael Eddy

Thanks again to Tony of Coog’s Reviews for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Satu of FairyTale Pictures and it is Bestselling/Popular Novel Adaptations.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of June by sending them to novelideasatu@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Satu!

Let’s see what Michael thought of this movie:

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All the President’s Men (1976)

They don’t get better than this. An Oscar winning screenplay by William Goldman based on the book by Woodward and Bernstein.Sizzling direction by Alan J. Pakula. An all-star cast including Oscar winner Jason Robards as Ben Bradlee, Jane Alexander and co-stars Robert Redford (also a producer) and Dustin Hoffman – strangely enough – neither of them were Oscar nominated. The fact that you can tell one of the best known stories ever – Nixon’s band of merry men breaking into democratic headquarters in the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C., to steal election plans in what would probably have been one of the more lopsided contests in Presidential history regardless – and ended up bringing down Richard Nixon – and making it play like a Robert Ludlum pulse-pounding thriller, was quite an achievement.

 

The entire newsroom of the Washington Post was recreated down to the most minute detail to add unprecedented layers of authenticity – and those walk and talk rapid fire dialogue scenes by Redford and Hoffman through the maze of desks was a work of art. Every single character – every one scene cameo – is a precision made blistering bulls eye. Suspense, cat and mouse verbal jousting by Hoffman’s Carl Bernstein – the kind of parry and thrust and ready to walk away knowing he’s snared his quarry brings to mind peter Falk’s Lieutenant Columbo. The meticulous build to the snapping shut of the trap on the Nixonian Presidency is beautifully wrought – right up to the final banner headlines being written – to the machine gun fire sound effects of typewriter keys being hit.

 

This one sets the bar. It might be equaled – but it won’t be surpassed.

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