Though its vision of journalistic heroism occasionally invokes in me a condescending smirk and its sexual politics are (though peripheral) pretty skeezy, PRESIDENT'S MEN is clearly the finest of the Pakula-Willis paranoia films by a good margin. William Goldman's screenplay is strong; every single moment of screen time is dedicated to delivering information. A movie w/ maximum hustle. Monumentally influential.
Might be urgent to all Americans to watch this film in their darkest times since you know when... (just kidding). The plot is relatively puzzling. Maybe the script-writer assumes that most Americans at that times may have well-followed the Watergate's stories back in 1976, lol. the soundtrack is very good.
A film predicated upon the journalistic process more-so than telling or abiding by any kind of cohesive or conventional narrative structure. A bold tipping point for "New Hollywood" filmmaking as it drags the audience through the realms of making the audience involved in every false lead and wrong number.
Watergate. It happened 44 years ago, but it still reflects our present time. This is about how far politicians are willing to go in order to stay in power. The answer is: very, very far. And this is about what journalism can do about it: to investigate. And this is what "Wood-Stein" did. And of course you need a editor-guy, with balls, like Ben Bradlee had. Alan J. Pakula's masterpiece.