Movie Review : All The President's Men

Decent Essays
Before watching All the President’s Men, I knew next to nothing about the Watergate scandal. All I knew was that after that presidential scandal, every kind of political scandal that would come up would be coined with “–gate” at the end of name of the scandal. My expectations for the quality of the movie were very high because of the people that I know, who have seen the movie, said it was a phenomenally well-acted, intensely-told detective story about how two reporters of the Washington Post brought to light what really happened with the Watergate incident, which eventually lead up to the resignation of the 37th President of the United States, Richard Nixon.
Initially starting out, Bob Woodward (portrayed by Robert Redford) had only been
…show more content…
In context to the United States’ history before the Watergate scandal, the U.S. had rarely seen such a situation as this before. Sure, scandals existed and happened, but hardly at this level to the POTUS. President Warren G. Harding is an example of a presidency term that was riddled with scandals left and right due to the company that he kept, even leading up to the imprisonment of one of his cabinet members (book). However, in light of the film’s true story, the reason Nixon ended up resigning from the office was because he was about to be the second president in United States’ history to be impeached (Andrew Johnson was the first back in the late 1860s). His placement in the scandal was that he knew of the break-in and the dastardly attempts at sabotaging the Democratic party’s candidates, and he did nothing about them. Denying everything at first, he, behind the scenes, worked hard to cover up any involvement that he may have had, including issuing out orders to the Attorney General, Elliot Richardson, and Deputy Attorney General, William Ruckelshaus, to fire the lead prosecutor, Archibald Cox, hired to investigate the Watergate scandal. However despite all of this, one of the more famous acts during this scandal involved Nixon and the presidential right of executive privilege, which gave the president the right to refuse certain subpoenas (book). When it was brought to attention that the Oval Office had a
Get Access