Executive producer Robert Redford, who made a name for himself in Hollywood with the help of the iconic 1976 historical drama, ‘All the President’s Men,’ is returning to the scandal that broke all the rules of press and politics. Redford confirmed during a recent roundtable interview for his new thriller, ‘The Company You Keep,’ that his television documentary, ‘All the President’s Men Revisited,’ will be screened on April 21 in Washington, DC. The follow-up movie will also air across the country that night on the Discovery Channel at 8pm ET/PT.
With the 40th anniversary of the most pivotal year in the Watergate scandal here, ‘All the President’s Men Revisited’ gains access to the top players in the scandal, from politicians to journalists, including Jon Stewart, Tom Brokaw and Rachel Maddow. The documentary, which was produced for Discovery Channel by Partisan Pictures in association with Sundance Productions, also features commentary from Redford; Dustin Hoffman, his co-star in ‘All the President’s Men;’ and former Washington Post reporters, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who investigated the scandal and who the two actors played in the feature film.
Redford, who said he worked for a year-and-a-half on the documentary, added that it “threads together scenes from the film and actual footage of Bernstein and Woodward working. There’s actual archival footage that no one has ever seen of Nixon in the oval office talking to (H.R.) Haldeman and (John) Dean.”
The filmmaker also said the documentary will allow the public to draw the comparison on how the government was run immediately after the Watergate scandal and today. He said after the scandal in the 1970s, politicians “were supposed to be working together to get to the greater good. All you have to do is see that, and imagine how it’s supposed to be today.” Redford said if the scandal happened today, it would be handled differently. “First of all, there would be no hearings. Secondly, they’d be fighting. Republicans would never be looking for the truth, because all of their lies might be exposed.”
Written by: Karen Benardello