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The Discovery Channel’s All the President’s Men Revisited, airing on Sunday, is “a look at the [Watergate] scandal that toppled Richard M. Nixon and made Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein famous,” writes N.Y. Times columnist-critic Alessandra Stanley. “But the documentary gives almost as much credit to Mr. Redford for making a movie about Watergate as it does to The Washington Post for sticking with the story.

“That’s probably because Mr. Redford, who not only played Mr. Woodward in the film but also bought the rights to the Woodward-Bernstein book ‘All The President’s Men’ and was instrumental in getting the film made, is the narrator and executive producer of this documentary. And in his telling, the true story and the movie version are so closely linked that when Dustin Hoffman, who played Mr. Bernstein, says, ‘And Bob did something that was brilliant,’ he means Bob Redford, not Bob Woodward.

All the President’s Men Revisited is nonetheless well worth a look, less because it is so well made than because the subject is still so captivating.”

  • Edward Klein

    A great film. Amazing story. Thanks for the heads up, I’ll DVR it.

  • I still keep asking the same question: why was Bob Woodward’s career in Naval Intelligence not revealed until about 20 years AFTER Watergate? Can’t fathom why this isn’t the starting point of every story about these PRESIDENT’S MEN.

  • DukeSavoy

    Woodward went from Watergate to being Dubya’s butt boy — chief war pimp for the Iraq invasion. Prolly had knee pads sewn into suits for his visits to Dubya’s oval office. Despicable suck up.

  • taikwan

    Woodward seemed to do a 180 at some point. Hard to reconcile the guy who Faux News adores with Deep Throat’s confidant. But the film is terrific and that’s not easy with non-fiction, end results fully known.

    • Deaf Ears

      Not quite a 180. Woodward was always a Republican, but he was at least a principled one circa Watergate. Then he gave himself over to the dark side like a lot of people near him on the political spectrum.