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Nixon at the Movies

in Nixon at the Movies

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780226239682
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226239705 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226239705.003.0010
Nixon at the Movies

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All the President's Men is the film by William Goldman. The saga of this chapter takes us from the first drafts of the film appearing in the Washington Post and Los Angeles Times to its final definitive redactions in Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's All the President's Men and Goldman's brilliantly constructed screenplay. The very title All the President's Men, while ostensibly alluding to Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men, also communicates a sense of great and powerful forces arrayed against its author heroes. By the time Nixon flew off in disgrace to San Clemente, the legend of the heroic and indispensable role of the press in foiling him was the accepted version of what had happened, a version whose acceptance was helped not a little by the phenomenal response to All the President's Men.

Keywords: All the President's Men; William Goldman; Nixon; screenplay; powerful forces

Chapter.  9524 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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