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Movie-A-Day #168: All the President’s Men (1976).

June 17, 2011

In the wee hours of June 17, 1972, five men broke into the Democratic Party’s national presidential campaign headquarters in the Watergate hotel and office complex in Washington, D.C. It looked like just a petty burglary and was going to be treated as such by the courts until two Washington Post reporters got a hold of the story. Working together, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein eventually discovered a conspiracy to bring down Democratic candidate George McGovern and a broader illegal campaign that went all the way up to the White House. The pair’s tireless work, which was chronicled in their book and film “All the President’s Men,” set the gold standard for investigative journalism and eventually led President Richard Nixon to resign in disgrace.

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