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All the President’s Men | 1976 | PG | – 1.2.6

content-ratingsWhy is “All the President’s Men” rated PG? The MPAA rating does not include content details. The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a couple of references to sex, an office burglary, government cover-ups, discussions of violent incidents, a lot of cigarette smoking, and more than 10 F-words. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


Chronicle based on the eponymous book by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) detailing the Watergate scandal and the intense investigation that lead to President Richard Nixon’s resignation. It was nominated for eight Academy Awards (including Best Picture) and won four. Also with Jack Warden, Martin Balsam, Hal Holbrook, Jason Robards, Jane Alexander, Meredith Baxter, Ned Beatty, Stephen Collins and Penny Fuller. Directed by Alan J. Pakula. A couple of lines of dialogue are spoken in Spanish without translation. [Running Time: 2:18]

All the President’s Men SEX/NUDITY 1

 – A man tells a woman, “You’re very attractive.” A reference is made to Hubert Humphrey, “going out with call girls.” A reference is made to someone having a “bastard child.” Two men ask a woman questions about a man “trying to get you to go to bed with him.”
 A woman wears a clingy dress that reveals the outline of her nipple through the fabric.


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All the President's Men VIOLENCE/GORE 2

 - Several men with flashlights break into an office and we see them wearing plastic gloves as they move through the area; undercover police with guns arrive and confront them (no shots are fired and the robbers are arrested).
 A man meets another man in a dark, nearly empty parking garage in the small hours of the morning in several scenes. A man runs after a car and gets in when it stops; the driver swerves to avoid another car and we hear squealing tires and a horn honking (there's no collision). A man runs in a dark street and turns around with a start when he imagines someone is following him.
 Artillery fire rings out on TV coverage of a presidential swearing in ceremony (it's the Salute Battery). The opening credits are accompanied by typewriter keys clanging against paper that sound like gunshots.
 A man says, "My neighbor's wife was kidnapped." A man describes another man putting his hand in a candle flame and burning his skin, but not flinching and that he said, "The trick is not minding." We hear that someone said they "wished to kill Nixon." A man talks about a news report of a car driving through someone's house and into the homeowners' bed, where they were sleeping. A dispatcher calls for a car to report to an office building where a suspected break-in is taking place. People talk about the Chappaquiddick incident with Teddy Kennedy. We hear a TV report about what sounded like hostages being released. A man talks about fearing being disbarred. A man talks about taking part in the USC Mafia. People talk about rigging elections using ballot box stuffing, etc.


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All the President's Men LANGUAGE 6

 - About 12 F-words (1 not fully enunciated derivative), 11 scatological terms, 9 anatomical terms, 9 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy, crazy Cubans, dumb, fuzzy, bastard, humper, garage freak, self-destructive, scuttlebutt, not very bright guys, dummy, crook, frazzled, ludicrous, shallow, rat [scatological term deleted], chicken [scatological term deleted]), exclamations (screwed up, jeez, ), 10 religious profanities (GD), 20 religious exclamations (e.g. Holy [scatological term deleted], Jesus, Good God, Oh My God, Good Christ, For Christ's Sake). | profanity glossary |


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All the President's Men SUBSTANCE USE

 - A reference is made to someone getting drunk. A man smokes cigarettes in nearly every scene he is in and we see him smoke in offices and homes as well as an elevator and inside and outside, and a man smokes in a parking garage in a couple of scenes. A man talks about drinking 20 cups of coffee.


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All the President's Men DISCUSSION TOPICS

 - Investigative reporting, The Washington Post, Richard Nixon, Howard Hunt, George McGovern, Watergate, paranoia, political campaigns, CIA, FBI, cover-ups, secrets, Teddy Kennedy, Chappaquiddick, Pentagon Papers, George Wallace shooting, CREEP, myths, loyalty, Vietnam War, hypocrisy, constitutional threat, truth, trust, slush funds, sabotage, freedom of the press.

All the President's Men MESSAGE

 - The Nixon administration was nefarious and it took the dogged pursuit of journalists to expose its illegal tactics.

CAVEATS

Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



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