****/**** Image A Sound B Extras A
starring Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Warden, Jason Robards
screenplay by William Goldman, based on the book by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward
directed by Alan J. Pakula
by Walter Chaw The final film in director Alan J. Pakula's loose "paranoia trilogy," All the President's Men does the impossible by making heroes of newspaper reporters and a thriller out of telephone calls and follow-up interviews. Based on Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's exposé of the Watergate Scandal and President Richard Nixon's involvement in felonious dirty tricks, it's more than just a cunningly-crafted docudrama--it's a key film in the best era of the medium's history. It's a picture that highlights the period's mistrust in our leadership while establishing highly unconventional heroes for whom the stakes couldn't possibly be higher. And though we know how it all works out, it seems more poignant for our knowing how everything works out.