All the President's Men: Scandal at the White House

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It was a scandal that rocked the entire world. In "All the President's Men," two reporters follow a trail of dirty money to the top of the government food chain. How much do you know about this famous political thriller?

In 1976's "All the President's Men," the action revolves around which subject matter?

"All the President's Men" is a political drama that focuses on the Watergate scandal. It follows two reporters digging into Richard Nixon's presidential misdeeds.

The movie is based on what?

The movie is based on a non-fiction book of the same name. The book was written by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the investigative journalists who blew the lid off of the scandal.

Woodward and Bernstein were real-life investigative journalists. They worked for which newspaper?

Woodward and Bernstein worked for The Washington Post. They became worldwide celebrities for their role in unmasking the immoral president and his henchmen.

Which actor plays the role of Bob Woodward?

Robert Redford was a red-hot commodity in Hollywood in the 1970s. He shared top billing for his role as Bob Woodward.

Who bought the rights to the book by Woodward and Bernstein?

It was Redford who saw the value of the Watergate story as it was developing. He bought the rights to the book immediately with the intention of making an exciting film.

Who plays opposite Redford in "All the President's Men"?

Dustin Hoffman, who was also a big star in the 70s, was selected to play the part of Bernstein. Redford and Hoffman both spent time at the Post's offices to get a feel for what it was like to work as reporters.

The movie begins with which event?

The movie starts with the break-in that ignited a world-changing series of events. The police, alerted to the break-in, arrive at the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee and arrest five intruders.

Washington Post editors immediately knew that the break-in was going to be a huge story.

The break-in was initially just another dumb crime. But as the burglars' stories unraveled, the authorities -- and reporters -- knew that they had a much bigger situation on their hands.

It turns out that the burglars have connections with which government agency?

All five of the men have connections to the Central Intelligence Agency. It doesn't take long for Bob Woodward to realize that the men have ties to the president's administration.

The movie was made in 1976. How much did it cost?

At a budget of $8.5 million, this was a steep investment, about $3 million more than Redford first intended. But the payoff was more than worth it.

The movie overperformed at the box office. How much did it gross?

It was a true blockbuster, raking in more than $70 million. It also excelled during awards season.

A man named Frank Wills has a role in the movie. In real life, who was Wills?

Wills was the famous security guard who stumbled upon the real Watergate break-in. In the movie, he plays himself.

Why was the movie originally rated R?

Journalists aren't known for their prudish language. The film's profanity earned it an R rating, which was later dropped to PG, in part because it accurately portrayed an important historical event.

Robert Redford communicated with Woodward and Berstein even before they published their book.

Redford had the foresight to call the men and chat with them before their book was published. He convinced them that they should detail the finer points of their investigation, which Redford saw as a key to an interesting film.

William Goldman had a significant role in the making of the film. What did he do?

Goldman wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay. He'd previously won an Oscar for his work on "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," which is another Redford film.

Why did Hoffman and Redford memorize each other's lines?

The two lead actors memorized each other's lines, largely to make the rapid-fire dialogue more convincing. The result is extremely realistic (and fast-paced) conversations that match the intensity of the real-life experiences.

Editors at the Post assign both Woodward and Bernstein to cover the scandal. How do the men regard each other?

The men -- both equipped with sizable egos -- are not terribly excited about working together on the story. But as it turns out, they make a great team.

Actor Jason Robards plays the part of Benjamin Bradlee. Who is he?

Bradlee is the editor in charge of the investigation. He's the one who encourages the young reporters to keep digging for dirt on Nixon and his extremely dirty men.

The film was an incredible success. It was nominated for an amazing eight Academy Awards.

The film made a very positive impression on critics, and it was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.

Of those eight Oscar nominations, how many awards did the film win?

The movie had a pretty good batting average. It nabbed four of the eight categories in which it was nominated. It won Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Art Direction, Best Sound and Best Writing.

In an effort to develop the story, Woodward uses one of his anonymous government sources. What's the codename for that source?

"Deep Throat" is the name of the anonymous source that Woodward taps to advance the story. Hal Holbrook plays the part. He's appeared in other big movies such as "The Firm" and "Men of Honor."

What does Deep Throat tell Woodward to do?

Deep Throat tells Woodward to "follow the money." It turns out that secret campaign donations are one key to uncovering certain aspects of the Watergate scandal.

Hoffman and Redford spent a lot of time with Woodward and Bernstein. They all hated each other.

The two actors got along well with the men they were playing. Hoffman and Bernstein also spent a lot of social time together.

Why did John Schlesinger turn down an offer to direct the movie?

John Schlesinger, who is British, thought that the movie would be better if an American directed it. But it's likely that he would have done a bang-up job -- he won an Oscar during his acclaimed career.

The reports connect the burglars to a slush fund known as CREEP, which stands for what?

The slush fund was known as CRP or more appropriately, CREEP, which stood for Committee to Re-elect the President. When they were nabbed by police, the burglars were working to make sure lots of money would wind up in this notorious fund.

The movie portrays the truth as close as humanly possible.

The producers took a few liberties with the real-life storyline for the sake of drama. But as a whole, it's mostly an accurate film.

The movie manages to cover almost the entire book on which it is based.

The book's storyline continues long after Nixon's resignation. But the movie's producers decided to end their screenplay much earlier.

Who did Redford originally want to play the part of Bernstein?

Redford wanted another 70s icon -- Al Pacino -- to play the part of Bernstein. But Hoffman got the gig instead and won accolades for his work.

How does the movie end?

The movie ends just as the real story did -- President Nixon resigns in shame. Like the actual scandal, the movie went on to become a lasting sensation.

The movie was a smash hit. Who directed?

Alan Pakula served as director. In 1962, he was nominated for Best Director for his work on "To Kill a Mockingbird."

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