“It helps to have one of history’s greatest scoops as your factual inspiration, but journalism thrillers just don’t get any better than All the President’s Men. Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford are perfectly matched as (respectively) Washington Post reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, whose investigation into the Watergate scandal set the stage for President Richard Nixon’s eventual resignation. Their bestselling exposé was brilliantly adapted by screenwriter William Goldman, and director Alan Pakula crafted the film into one of the most intelligent and involving of the 1970s paranoid thrillers. Featuring Jason Robards in his Oscar-winning role as Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, All the President’s Men is the film against which all other journalism movies must be measured.” -Jeff Shannon
Upon investigation, the Truth Sleuths discovered many similarities between the film, All the President’s Men, and the historical events that actually transpired. Despite the film being largely accurate, there were several notable differences. In this section, we discuss those similarities and differences and how each plays a role in the viewers’ perceptions of this historical event.