All The President’s Men (1976) – NOW I Understand Watergate

To be completely honest, my understanding of Watergate begins and ends with that one scene from Forrest Gump (1994). But, now, thanks to All The President’s Men (1976), based on the novel by the same name, I think I understand it. Well… sort of? I know enough to make conversation about it. But, I don’t think I’d be able to go too much into detail. That’s not the movies fault though, I’m just stupid.

So, Watergate, as I understand it, was a controversy where high ranking members of the Committee To Re-elect Richard Nixon were caught using campaign funds to pay individuals to break into the DNC headquarters and bug the office to sabotage the opposition.

In this movie, Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman play the two Washington Post reporters that uncovered the controversy, Woodward and Bernstein.

Overall, the movie was good. Albeit, a bit confusing. Like I said, I now generally understand Watergate. But, the movie is a lot of scenes of people siting and talking. Which can get boring. Also, in those sitting and talking scenes they say a lot of names of people who are caught up in the scandal but it can sometimes be a bit hard to keep track of those names and who they are and why they are important.

So, if you are looking to get a baseline understanding of Watergate, then look no further.

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