Anyone who had 8th-grade US history knows how this movie will end, and the actors, director, and the all-important screenwriter still work together to keep you on the edge of your seat.I have yet to see a movie with a William Goldman screenplay that sucked. This man turns out a constant stream of classics: Marathon Man, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and of course the Princess Bride, which I liked so much that I still haven't been able to craft a worthy review. The screenplay to All the President's Men is no exception--it's eloquent and funny and dark and easy to follow and thrilling and thought-provoking and all the stuff a screenplay <b>should</b> be.
Anyway, enough about the script. All the President's Men is the story of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the two reporters who broke the Watergate story. They are played in the film by Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman, who both put in excellent performances. Hell, if you're going to get your life story put on film, get the best actors you can to play you.
Basically, these guys manage to trace the little break-in at the hotel housing the Democratic National Convention all the way back to the White House, putting the pieces together with the help of Deep Throat. It's interesting to note that no one knows who Deep Throat really is, aside from Woodward and Bernstein, and they're not talking until well after he's dead.
Exciting movie, thrilling subject, definitely worth watching.A time-tested classic, should be on anyone's top 100 list.