'Follow the Money' Quote From 'All The President's Men' Explained, With Context

By Kellar Ellsworth
Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford in 'All The President's Men.' Source: IMDB

The rule for uncovering political corruption is “Follow the money” -- but this became common thanks to the Watergate scandal movie All The President’s Men (1976). The movie line guides protagonists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein (Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman) in their quest to figure out the suspicious mess surrounding President Richrd Nixon. Even today, you'll hear the words spouted by talking heads on cable news -- but what do they really mean? 

Directed by Alan Pakula and written by the immortal William Goldman. the film was based on the book by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. However, Goldman only adapted the first part of the book that covered the investigative process undertaken by Woodward and Bernstein. The movie was nominated for eight Oscars, winning four, and forever framing the events of Watergate, for better and for worse.