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Robert Redford: Watergate and 'All the President's Men' Revisited

Robert Redford Watergate Bob Woodward Carl Bernstein Ben BradleeRobert Redford revisits All the President's Men (image: Robert Redford with Carl Bernstein, Ben Bradlee, Bob Woodward)

The Washington Post and American journalism in general may be only a shadow of what they once were – and most of the U.S. press was never really all that great (or even borderline trustworthy) to begin with – but Robert Redford remains Robert Redford, glimpsed here with Watergate journo-investigator Carl Bernstein, former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee, and Watergate journo-investigator Bob Woodward as seen through the lenses of Annie Leibovitz.

The four men got together to promote the Discovery Channel documentary All the President's Men Revisited, about the 40th anniversary of Watergate. With Redford as one of its executive producers, All the President's Men Revisited airs this month.

All the President's Men: The Movie

Robert Redford played Bob Woodward opposite Dustin Hoffman's Carl Bernstein in Alan J. Pakula's All the President's Men, a 1976 box office and critical hit that earned eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actress (Jane Alexander).

Jason Robards won his first Best Supporting Actor Academy Award that year for bringing Ben Bradlee to screen life, while the other All the President's Men Oscar winners were George Jenkins and George Gaines for Best Art Direction, William Goldman for Best Adapted Screenplay, and the film's sound-recording personnel for, you guessed it, Best Sound. (Jason Robards, by the way, would win his second Best Supporting Actor Oscar the following year, once again for playing a real-life character, Dashiel Hammett, in Fred Zinnemann's Julia.)

Curiously, Redford and Hoffman went nominationless.

All the President's Men cast

Besides heroes Robert Redford (as Bob Woodward) and Dustin Hoffman (as Carl Bernstein), All the President's Men features Hal Holbrook (as “Deep Throat,” later revealed to be Mark Felt), Jack Warden, Martin Balsam, Meredith Baxter, Ned Beatty (a Best Supporting Oscar nominee that year, but for Sidney Lumet's Network), and Stephen Collins.

Now, if the newsroom seen in the picture above looks familiar, that's because you get to see it – or rather, a true-to-life recreation of it – in Pakula's movie. That helps to explain George Jenkins and George Gaines' Oscar victory.

Robert Redford movies

Robert Redford has earned one Academy Award nomination for acting: for his performance in George Roy Hill's Oscar-winning 1973 blockbuster The Sting, co-starring Paul Newman and Robert Shaw. Additionally, Redford won a Best Director for the 1980 family drama Ordinary People, starring Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Timothy Hutton, Judd Hirsch, and Elizabeth McGovern; and was nominated in that same category for the 1994 socio-psychological drama Quiz Show, starring Ralph Fiennes and Paul Scofield.

More recently, Redford directed and co-starred opposite Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep in Lions for Lambs; directed James McAvoy and Robin Wright in The Conspirator; and can currently be seen on North American screens in The Company You Keep, which he also directed. Redford's co-stars are Shia LaBeouf, Susan Sarandon, Julie Christie, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper, Terrence Howard, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick, Stanley Tucci, Brendan Gleeson, Brit Marling, Sam Elliott, Stephen Root, and Jackie Evancho.

Robert Redford, Carl Bernstein, Ben Bradlee, Bob Woodward photo via Vanity Fair.

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