AFI Top 100: No. 77 All The President’s Men

It was after seeing this movie in high school that I decided to become a journalism major. While I didn’t explore the hard-news journalism route, I owe part of my career choice to this movie.

I really enjoy the pace of this movie. Some may think it is slow, but to me the details that went into every lead and persistence of Woodward and Bernstein were truly admirable and exciting to watch. The odd couple mentality of the two young journalists was a nice accent to the entertainment value of the story. Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman highlighted the personalities well, and their hard-nosed editor was portrayed terrifically.

One of my favorite parts of the movie was how it ended. The continuous typing of headlines that would have never been written had it not been for the tenacious attitude of “Woodstein”. They truly made a lasting impact on our country and our politics. I’m going to end with a quotation from their editor, Ben Bradlee, who foreshadows how important they were to our history:

“You know the results of the latest Gallup Poll? Half the country never even heard of the word Watergate. Nobody gives a shit. You guys are probably pretty tired, right? Well, you should be. Go on home, get a nice hot bath. Rest up… 15 minutes. Then get your asses back in gear. We’re under a lot of pressure, you know, and you put us there. Nothing’s riding on this except the, uh, first amendment to the Constitution, freedom of the press, and maybe the future of the country.”

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