What are your thoughts on the accuracy and balance of the 1976 film, "All the President's Men."

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

In terms of being historically accurate, it was for the most part.  The characters were real people, and while Hollywood might have dressed up their abilities and personalities for the screen, and hired two superstars to play Woodward and Bernstein, that does not change the accuracy of the events that took place.

Given that the identity of the source for Watergate information, nicknamed Deep Throat, was a secret until very recently, they had to be creative on that score and they were, a bit.

Not sure how the film could be "balanced".  How could it show the Watergate scandal from the Nixon Administration's point of view, given that it did happen, and that their actions were indefensible?  It's like saying Schindler's List was imbalanced.  OK, not a perfect example, but you get my point.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team

We’ll help your grades soar

Start your 48-hour free trial and unlock all the summaries, Q&A, and analyses you need to get better grades now.

  • 30,000+ book summaries
  • 20% study tools discount
  • Ad-free content
  • PDF downloads
  • 300,000+ answers
  • 5-star customer support
Start your 48-Hour Free Trial