Director: Alan J. Pakula
Starring: Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman
“It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.” A quote which well sums up this 1976 film that Chronicles the efforts of Woodward and Bernstein, two reporters from the Washington Post, as they try to discover just why Democratic Party HQ was burglarized. These leads them to uncover a vast conspiracy that exposes the intense corruption that personified the Nixon administration. It is a dark period in American history and this film does an excellent job of telling the story. As Wood-stein (as their editor so lovingly call them) uncover their story, the viewer is disturbed at what they find. Everything in this film is well done, from Woodward’s conversations with Deep Throat to Bernstein’s conversation with one of the committee members. Things like the phone conversations Woodward has with various people are interesting and often amusing to watch (the response of Howard Hunt, “Good God!”) I did find the film at times a bit confusing but it all comes together at the end. The final shot is one of the most powerful I’ve ever seen, so simple yet so complex. Nixon being sworn in as Woodward and Bernstein take him down by the sound of their ever present typewriters.
When I see a film like this, it’s a sad reminder that they just don’t make movies like they used to. I would never expect a film of this quality and importance to come out in this day and age.
My one problem with it is that it ended kind of suddenly, it felt like there was a whole other hour of story telling to go.