"All the President's Men" (1976) Classic Movie Recommendation TCM Stans

Feb 17, 2020, 07:29 PM

For Presidents Day, Chet and Dee make the executive decision to take on “All the President’s Men,” the 1976 thriller about how Washington Post reporters cracked open the criminal conspiracy behind the Watergate break-in. Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman star in the film, directed by Alan Pakula and based on the book by reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.

Chet and Dee discuss the lengths to which the filmmakers went to ensure the accuracy and realism of their production, while also fitting the story into a classic dramatic structure that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats. This is the perfect film for inspiring and teaching future journalists, and your hosts talk about how the news media landscape has changed since the 1970s. Not coincidentally, attitudes about presidential behavior and impeachment have changed a great deal, as well.