Cast: Dustin Hoffman (Carl Bernstein), Robert Redford (Bob Woodward), Jack Warden (Harry Rosenfeld), Hal Holbrook (Deep Throat), Jason Robards (Ben Bradlee)
Director: Alan J Pakula (Klute, Sophie’s Choice, Presumed Innocent, etc.)
Plot: Without giving anything away, the film is about how Woodward and Bernstein connected CREEP (Committee to Re-Elect the President) to the break-in at the Watergate Hotel in 1972. The story is a classic thriller, full of suspense and multi-layered.
Why you should watch it: Released in 1976, the film is ridiculously timely. The film is a work of non-fiction and it can be directly aligned with the “presidency” that the United States is suffering through today. The two protagonists really set in motion the dismantling of the Nixon administration and the film really gives an inside look into just how corrupt it was.
The performances are outstanding. Redford and Hoffman are outstanding as Woodward and Bernstein. Their portrayals are not imitations of the sources, but instead an impression of them. Hal Holbrook is mysterious and intriguing as the government informant “Deep Throat,” named after the infamous porn film. Nobody really knew who the informant was, but after his death in 2005, the informant was revealed to be W. Mark Felt. Felt was the Associate Director of the FBI at the time of his clandestine role.
The subject matter is incredibly relevant because of the obvious parallels between the Nixon administration and the administration of Cheeto Hitler. Both men were (are) egomaniacal narcissists and prone to delusions. Nixon eventually resigned the office of the President on August 9, 1974, as a direct result of the investigations by Woodward and Bernstein. We can all hope and wish and pray and make voodoo dolls and burn incense or whatever it takes to make Trump either resign or be forcibly removed from office. Hopefully, if enough people read this review and watch the movie, Trump will be compelled to quit and I will be seen as a beacon of hope and finally make my mother proud.
You should watch the trailer. The film is on Netflix. Let me know what you think in the comments.
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