William Goldman’s Oscar-winning screenplay sees journalists Carl Bernstein (Hoffman) and Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) working together on what initially appears to be a minor story of little import, a break-in at Washington’s Watergate Hotel in 1972. Encouraged by his editor Ben Bradlee (Jason Robards) and a mysterious government contact known only as ‘Deep Throat’ (Hal Holbrook), the two uncover a clandestine government operation that ultimately led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. Director Alan J. Pakula was the perfect choice for this excellent film following his earlier works centring on paranoia and politics, Klute (1971) and The Parallax View (1974).
(Notes by Kevin Coyne.)
Screening as part of our Dustin Hoffman Retrospective – June 10th-25th.