The story be­hind the film

The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - SEVEN DAYS -

This was a pet pro­ject for Robert Red­ford (be­low) who bought the rights to Wood­wardW and Bern­stBern­stein’s ac­count of thei­their in­ves­ti­ga­tion for $450,000. He th then worked metic­u­lously w with di­rec­tor A Alan J. Pakula dra draft­ing and re­draft­ing the script. His co-star DustinHoff­man­wasDustin Hoff­man was sim­i­lasim­i­larly en­thused by the pro­ject and spent hours get­ting into char­ac­ter by at­tend­ing news con­fer­ences and get­ting the feel of how re­porters worked at the of­fices of the Wash­ing­ton Post.

The pa­per would not al­low Pakula to shoot in the of­fices, how­ever, so an ex­act replica was built, while ev­ery­thing from phone books to desks were ac­cu­rately copied too.

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