Big screen classics

All the President’s Men

Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman star in this suspenseful Watergate scandal drama.

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USA 1976
Dir Alan J Pakula
With Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Warden, Jane Alexander
Certificate 15

Alan Pakula’s potent mix of docudrama and noir suspense, charting the efforts made by the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein to uncover the truth behind the Watergate scandal, pays tribute to professional teamwork. Working (as on Klute and The Parallax View) with cinematographer Gordon Willis, Pakula deploys meticulous compositions and lighting to evoke the enormity – and risks – of the journalists’ task.