Warren Beatty and Paula Prentiss star in Alan J. Pakula’s 1974 study of one corrosive reporter’s attempts to unmask a fantastic conspiracy to wipe out liberal political leaders. As with Pakula’s earlier suspenser, Klute, the eerie ambience of menace is coolly and smoothly handled, but for my taste the suspenseful set pieces go on much too long, and the message—that right-wing conspiracy is built into the American political and corporate structure—is overstated. Beatty does fine in a part that forces him to be likable and nasty at the same time.