True story of the Watergate break-in that led to the political scandal of the decade, based on the best-selling book by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. Intriguing, terse thriller is a nail-biter even though the ending is no secret. Expertly paced by Pakula with standout performances by Hoffman and Redford as the reporters who slowly uncover and connect the seemingly isolated facts that ultimately lead to criminal indictments of the Nixon Administration. Deep Throat Holbrook and Robards as executive editor Ben Bradlee lend authenticity to the endeavor, a realistic portrayal of the stop and go of journalistic investigations.
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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 135 minutes.
Oscars 1976: Adapt. Screenplay, Art Dir./Set Dec., Sound, Support. Actor (Robards); Natl. Bd. of Review 1976: Director (Pakula), Support. Actor (Robards); N.Y. Film Critics 1976: Director (Pakula), Film, Support. Actor (Robards); Natl. Soc. Film Critics 1976: Film, Support. Actor (Robards); Writers Guild 1976: Adapt. Screenplay.
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