This Academy Award-winning political thriller stars Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as Washington Post journalists who exposed the Watergate scandal. While researching a story about a botched 1972 burglary of Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergate apartment complex, reporters―and rivals—Woodward (Redford) and Bernstein (Hoffman) stumble on a possible connection between the burglars and a White House staffer. With their editor’s approval, the pair digs deeper, getting help from a guilt-ridden turncoat bookkeeper and the essential if cryptic guidance of Woodward’s mystery source, Deep Throat. Woodward and Bernstein continue to “follow the money” all the way to the top of the Nixon administration.
This film will be introduced by Rick Warner (UNC-Chapel Hill, English and Comparative Literature).
This film is part of the Ackland Film Forum’s “American Comedy, American Democracy” series, devoted to the ways that Hollywood films have depicted the problems and possibilities of democracy. Co-presented with the UNC Global Cinema Studies Program.