History Film / AllThePresidentsMen

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* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: As the pair enter an elevator, Woodward asks Bernstein "Is there any place you ''don't'' smoke?". In a beautiful GilliganCut, the next shot shows them leaving the elevator -- which is filled with smoke.

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* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: As the pair enter are in an elevator, Woodward asks Bernstein "Is there any place you ''don't'' smoke?". In a beautiful GilliganCut, the next shot shows them leaving the elevator -- which is filled with smoke.
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* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: As the pair enter an elevator, Woodward has to ask Bernstein if he ''ever'' stops smoking. In a beautiful GilliganCut, the next shot shows them leaving the elevator -- which is filled with smoke.

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* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: As the pair enter an elevator, Woodward has to ask asks Bernstein if he ''ever'' stops smoking."Is there any place you ''don't'' smoke?". In a beautiful GilliganCut, the next shot shows them leaving the elevator -- which is filled with smoke.
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* TheWatcher: Deep Throat. [[JustifiedTrope Understandable]], as Nixon was known to [[YouHaveFailedMe fire anyone who he even thought was against him]]; indeed, Woodward and Bernstein were so certain their contact would be killed they made it clear they would not reveal his identity until after he died or revealed it himself. (Although Deep Throat, AKA W. Mark Felt, beat them to it when he developed elderly dementia.)

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* TheWatcher: Deep Throat. [[JustifiedTrope Understandable]], as Nixon was known to [[YouHaveFailedMe fire anyone who he even thought was against him]]; indeed, Woodward and Bernstein were so certain their contact would be killed they made it clear they would not reveal or confirm his identity until after he died or revealed it himself. (Although Deep Throat, AKA W. (W. Mark Felt, beat them to it when he developed elderly dementia.Felt did the latter in 2005 at the age of 91.)



** Until Woodward and Bernstein uncover evidence that a hired trickster — Donald Segretti — was sabotaging Democratic primaries. All of a sudden, the break-in made more sense...

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** Until Woodward and Bernstein uncover evidence that a hired trickster — Donald Segretti — was sabotaging Democratic primaries. [[EurekaMoment All of a sudden, the break-in made more sense...]]
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* AdaptationDyeJob: In real life, Bob Woodward's hair has always been brown, not blonde like Creator/RobertRedford's is.
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* CassandraTruth: John Mitchell's wife, Martha, is mentioned offhand as going around town indicting Nixon for the whole Watergate fiasco. No one believes her. Of course, Martha also claimed her husband was innocent, despite the fact Mitchell had handled a slush fund personally and knew about the break-in and coverup.

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* CassandraTruth: John Mitchell's wife, Martha, is mentioned offhand as going around town indicting Nixon for the whole Watergate fiasco. No one believes her. Of course, Martha also claimed her husband was innocent, despite the fact Mitchell had handled a the slush fund personally and knew about the break-in and coverup.cover-up.



** Subverted with Deep Throat: a number of critics and amateur sleuths were convinced Deep Throat was an invention of Woodward to make it harder to identify one informant in Nixon's inner circle. Also because Deep Throat seemed too freaky to be real. It was always one man (Mark Felt).

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** Subverted with Deep Throat: a number of critics and amateur sleuths were convinced Deep Throat was an invention of Woodward to make it harder to identify one informant in Nixon's inner circle. Also because Deep Throat seemed too freaky to be real. It was always one man (Mark (W. Mark Felt).



* ForegoneConclusion: Nixon will get impeached, depicted by a teletype.[[note]]Of course, he didn't stick around long enough for Congress to impeach and convict him; the last scene does note that he resigned and ceded the presidency to UsefulNotes/GeraldFord.[[/note]]

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* ForegoneConclusion: Nixon will get impeached, resigns, depicted by a teletype.[[note]]Of course, he didn't stick around long enough for Congress to impeach and convict him; the last scene does note that only reason why he resigned is because his impeachment and ceded the presidency to UsefulNotes/GeraldFord.conviction was almost a certainty at that point.[[/note]]
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* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Relating a conversation to managing editor Howard Simons, Woodward explains that someone at the PR firm where E. Howard Hunt works, denied that Hunt or Charles Colson knew, or was a part of, the Watergate break-in. He says that he expected such a statement to be made, but he ''never asked'' about Watergate. He just wanted to know what Hunt's duties at the White House were.

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* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Relating a conversation to managing editor Howard Simons, Woodward explains that someone at the some PR firm where E. Howard Hunt works, guy denied that E. Howard Hunt or Charles Colson knew, or was a part of, the Watergate break-in. He says that he expected such a statement to be made, but he ''never asked'' about Watergate. He just wanted to know what Hunt's duties at the White House were.
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* ExactWords: The White House denounces the Washington Post's reporting as "hearsay", "innuendo", and "character assassination". What the White House doesn't do is accuse the Post of lying or being mistaken. Bradlee calls this the "non-denial denial".

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* ExactWords: The White House denounces the Washington Post's reporting as "hearsay", "innuendo", and "character assassination". What the White House doesn't do is accuse the Post of lying or being mistaken. Bradlee calls this the a "non-denial denial".



* MysteriousInformant: "Deep Throat" (eventually revealed in 2005 as FBI Deputy Director W. Mark Felt) is the {{Trope Namer|s}}.
* NoodleIncident:
** The Watergate hearings and Nixon's resignation are not depicted in the movie, only related by teletyped headlines before the credits.
** Woodward tries reaching Deep Throat early on, noting how Deep Throat had been a go-to source on Woodward's earlier stories into the attempted assassination of George Wallace. [[spoiler:It's an early clue that Deep Throat was FBI, since the FBI was in charge of that investigation and Woodward quoted FBI officials including Mark Felt.]]

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* MysteriousInformant: "Deep Throat" (eventually revealed in 2005 as FBI Deputy Director W. Mark Felt) is the {{Trope Namer|s}}.
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* NoodleIncident:
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NoodleIncident: The Watergate hearings and Nixon's resignation are not depicted in the movie, only related by teletyped headlines before the credits.
** Woodward tries reaching Deep Throat early on, noting how Deep Throat had been a go-to source on Woodward's earlier stories into the attempted assassination of George Wallace. [[spoiler:It's an early clue that Deep Throat was FBI, since the FBI was in charge of that investigation and Woodward quoted FBI officials officials, including W. Mark Felt.]]



* PortmanteauCoupleName: The two reporters are called "Woodstein" in-universe during a discussion about whether to take them off the story. Bradlee bellows '''WOODSTEIN!!!''' when one of their confirmed stories appears to have been wrong.

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* PortmanteauCoupleName: The two reporters are called "Woodstein" in-universe during a discussion about whether to take them off the story. Bradlee bellows '''WOODSTEIN!!!''' yells '''WOODSTEIN!''' when one of their confirmed stories appears to have been wrong.



--->'''John Mitchell:''' (''quoted as saying'') Katie Graham [the ''Post'' publisher] is [[TruthInTelevision gonna get her tit caught in a big fat wringer if that's published.]] (Yes, this is a real quotation.)

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--->'''John Mitchell:''' (''quoted as saying'') Katie Graham [the ''Post'' publisher] is [[TruthInTelevision gonna get her tit caught in a big fat wringer if that's published.]] (Yes, this is that ''is'' a real quotation.)



** Mocked later by Woodward when Bernstein, wired on thirty cups of coffee, babbles about his meeting with a secretary who finally gave some details, and his fear that CBS would barge in and scoop the story:

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** Mocked later [[{{Irony}} earlier]] by Woodward when Bernstein, wired on thirty cups of coffee, babbles about his meeting with a secretary who finally gave some details, and his fear that CBS would barge in and scoop the story:



* RealityIsUnrealistic: At one point Woodward is trying to interview a noticeably upset man (Kenneth Dahlberg, the top Republican fundraiser in Minnesota) over the phone about unusual campaign contributions. Without warning, Dahlberg says "I can’t talk to you right now, my neighbor's wife has been kidnapped!" and hangs up. What looks like [[INeedToGoIronMyDog a weird excuse to avoid questioning]], however, wasn't: Dahlberg’s neighbor's wife ''was'' kidnapped, and Dahlberg was overwhelmed with helping his neighbor out at the time. (This was the Virginia Piper case. She was fine - shaken up but not hurt.) Dahlberg called back later and answered some of Woodward's questions.
* RevealingCoverup

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* RealityIsUnrealistic: At one point Woodward is trying to interview a noticeably upset man (Kenneth H. Dahlberg, the top Republican fundraiser in Minnesota) over the phone about unusual campaign contributions. Without warning, Dahlberg says "I can’t talk to you right now, my neighbor's wife has been kidnapped!" and hangs up. What looks like [[INeedToGoIronMyDog a weird excuse to avoid questioning]], however, wasn't: Dahlberg’s his neighbor's wife ''was'' kidnapped, and Dahlberg was overwhelmed with helping his neighbor out at the time. (This was the Virginia Piper case. She was fine - shaken up up, but not hurt.) Dahlberg called back later and answered some of Woodward's questions.
* RevealingCoverupRevealingCoverUp



* ShoutOut: An in-film one. Deep Throat relates a story of G. Gordon Liddy putting a lit flame to his hand at the party. The dialogue he relates Liddy as speaking are a word-for-word transcription from a similar scene in ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia''. It should be added that Liddy did this in RealLife, or [[UnreliableNarrator claimed to]].

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* ShoutOut: An in-film one. Deep Throat relates a story of G. Gordon Liddy putting a lit flame to his hand at the party. The dialogue he relates Liddy as speaking are a word-for-word transcription from a similar scene in ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia''. It should be added that Liddy did this in RealLife, or [[UnreliableNarrator claimed to]].to]], at least.



* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Relating a conversation to a managing editor, Woodward explains that a source denied information about Watergate that he was never asked about in the first place.
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: Averted in one sequence where the pair of reporters plan out how they will get a stubborn source to talk.

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* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Relating a conversation to a managing editor, editor Howard Simons, Woodward explains that a source someone at the PR firm where E. Howard Hunt works, denied information about that Hunt or Charles Colson knew, or was a part of, the Watergate break-in. He says that he was never asked expected such a statement to be made, but he ''never asked'' about in Watergate. He just wanted to know what Hunt's duties at the first place.
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* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: Averted Inverted in one sequence scene where the pair of reporters plan out how they will get a the stubborn source bookkeeper to talk.name names.



* TheWatcher: Deep Throat. [[JustifiedTrope Understandable]], as Nixon was known to [[YouHaveFailedMe fire anyone who he even thought was against him]]; indeed, Woodward and Bernstein were so certain their contact would be killed they made it clear they would not reveal his identity until after he died. (Although Deep Throat, AKA W. Mark Felt, beat them to it when he developed elderly dementia.)

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* TheWatcher: Deep Throat. [[JustifiedTrope Understandable]], as Nixon was known to [[YouHaveFailedMe fire anyone who he even thought was against him]]; indeed, Woodward and Bernstein were so certain their contact would be killed they made it clear they would not reveal his identity until after he died.died or revealed it himself. (Although Deep Throat, AKA W. Mark Felt, beat them to it when he developed elderly dementia.)



** Until Woodward and Bernstein uncover evidence that a hired trickster—Segretti—was sabotaging Democratic primaries. All of a sudden, the break-in made more sense...
** A subtle one when the guys find out that Sally Aiken, a fellow reporter, used to date a White House communications director ''and'' that he admitted to her that he was involved with some of Nixon's dirty tricks. Woodward and Bernstein ask her why she didn't tell them earlier:

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** Until Woodward and Bernstein uncover evidence that a hired trickster—Segretti—was trickster — Donald Segretti — was sabotaging Democratic primaries. All of a sudden, the break-in made more sense...
** A subtle one when the guys find out that Sally Aiken, a fellow reporter, used to date a White House communications director (Ken W. Clawson) ''and'' that he admitted to her that he was involved with some of Nixon's dirty tricks.tricks (specifically, writing the Canuck letter). Woodward and Bernstein ask her why she didn't tell them earlier:
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* ForegoneConclusion: Nixon will get impeached, depicted by a teletype.[[note]]Of course, he was too smart to stick around long enough for Congress to impeach and convict him; the last scene does note that he has resigned and ceded the presidency to Vice President UsefulNotes/GeraldFord.[[/note]]

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* ForegoneConclusion: Nixon will get impeached, depicted by a teletype.[[note]]Of course, he was too smart to didn't stick around long enough for Congress to impeach and convict him; the last scene does note that he has resigned and ceded the presidency to Vice President UsefulNotes/GeraldFord.[[/note]]



* MysteriousInformant: "Deep Throat" (eventually revealed, nearly thirty years later, as FBI Deputy Director Mark Felt) is the {{Trope Namer|s}}.

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* MysteriousInformant: "Deep Throat" (eventually revealed, nearly thirty years later, revealed in 2005 as FBI Deputy Director W. Mark Felt) is the {{Trope Namer|s}}.
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* BewareTheHonestOnes: Hugh Sloan, who had resigned from the campaign right around the break-in, and pretty much the one decent character in the entire story (even the protagonists Woodward/Bernstein bend the rules in pursuit of their reporting). He'd love to tell the reporters more about what he knows - actually, he doesn't, the entire experience is making him miserable - but he's restricted by what he can say due to the ongoing grand jury investigation. Played with when [[spoiler:Sloan tells the reporters about Haldeman's role, and the reporters write up that he’ll testify to that effect. When Sloan doesn't testify to that in the grand jury, it makes the newspaper look like liars and gives the Nixon people a reason to denounce the whole story. When confronted later, Sloan tells Woodward and Bernstein he ''wanted'' to testify about Haldeman, but the special prosecutor ''never asked''.]]

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* BewareTheHonestOnes: Hugh Sloan, who had resigned from the campaign right around the break-in, and pretty much the one decent character in the entire story (even the protagonists Woodward/Bernstein bend the rules in pursuit of their reporting). He'd love to tell the reporters more about what he knows - actually, he doesn't, the entire experience is making him miserable - but he's restricted by what he can say due to the ongoing grand jury investigation. Played with when [[spoiler:Sloan tells the reporters about Haldeman's role, and the reporters write up that he’ll testify to that effect. When Sloan doesn't testify to that in the grand jury, it makes the newspaper look like liars and gives the Nixon people a reason to denounce the whole story. When confronted later, Sloan tells Woodward and Bernstein he ''wanted'' to testify about Haldeman, but the special prosecutor ''never asked''.]]
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