"All the President's Men" was released 45 years ago on April 4, 1976. Winning four Academy awards and many more awards, the movie is arguably one of the greatest political thrillers of all time.
The film centers around the story of two young reporters, Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, who teamed up to crack the Watergate conspiracy, a reference to President Richard Nixon's Watergate scandal in the early '70s.
What should have been the reporting of a minor story soon turns into a conspiracy unraveling that would later become one of the greatest investigative works in American history.
Not only did Bernstein and Woodward's interest in the story have an initial effect on their reputations and jobs, they would later discover that their lives were also in danger. Yet, they kept at it.
With Dustin Hoffman starring as Bernstein and Robert Redford taking on the role of Woodward, fans were treated to 2 hours and 16 minutes of remarkable chemistry between the two actors, giving their roles a perfect delivery.
Holbrook reportedly revealed that he initially turned down the role after reading the script.
While the movie mainly highlighted Woodward and Bernstein's tireless efforts to uncover the conspiracy, it also focused on how their investigation would have been futile without help from different sources.
However, their most mysterious and perhaps most helpful information came from Deep Throat, a government official turned whistleblower who coined his nickname from a controversial adult film at the time.
Played by legendary actor Hal Holbrook, viewers saw how Deep Throat was a subtle yet vital force in Woodward and Bernstein's unraveling of the conspiracy. The actor, however, almost did not take up the role.
Speaking in 2018, Holbrook reportedly revealed that he initially turned down the role after reading the script and seeing that his character would not be seen throughout the film.
Photo of Hal Holbrook during an interview | Photo: Youtube / ABC7
However, Redford's visit was all it took for Holbrook to agree to appear in the movie. Now 45 years after, not only do fans remember the tenacious Woodward and Bernstein, they also remember Deep Throat, the mysterious guy in the dark.