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All The President's Men (1976)

The source: All the President’s Men (1976). In the blissful few hours my son slept on the way back to the Middle East I was able to take in what Saudi Arabian airlines consider an ‘American Classic’ - All the President’s Men (1976). Based on the Washington Post’s reporting into the Watergate scandal of just four years before. It stars Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman playing the roles of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the two young Post reporters that brought the story to light. It’s a very pacey thriller and a reminder that with a great script and a smart director you can tell the most gripping of stories with only a handful of actors and sets. No fancy stuff. Just a great story well told. It is also a refreshing reminder of what real investigative journalism should be like. The excitement of a newsroom working towards deadlines. Digging under the surface, chasing leads, sorting through data, risking reputation, and indeed life, to get to the truth of the matter. Not a Buzzfeed retweet or a Breitbart blog post anywhere in sight. Just a good old fashioned President trying to undermine democracy… Maybe some things don’t change after all. Activity inspiration? A newsroom activity. Suitable for?