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DVD - 2009
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Richard Nixon is the disgraced president with a legacy to save. David Frost is a jet-setting television personality with a name to make. This is the legendary battle between the two men and the historic encounter that changed both their lives. For three years after resigning from office, Nixon remained silent. But in the summer of 1977, the steely, cunning former commander-in-chief agreed to sit for one all-inclusive interview to confront the questions of his time in office and the Watergate scandal that ended his presidency. Everyone is surprised that Nixon would select Frost as his televised confessor, intending to easily outfox the breezy British showman and secure a place in the hearts and minds of Americans (as well as a $600,000 fee). Likewise, Frost's team harbors doubts that their boss will be able to hold his own. But as cameras roll, a charged battle of wits results.


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Dec 13, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

After resigning from the office of president following the Watergate revelations, a disgraced (and officially pardoned) Richard Nixon retreated to his California estate without ever having confessed to any wrongdoing despite the damning evidence against him. But in the spring of 1977 an amazing thing happened; a British talk show host with practically no journalistic credentials and very little financial backing convinced Nixon to sit down for a series of taped interviews centering on his career including his controversial foreign policies and, most importantly, Watergate itself. Squaring off like a pair of mismatched boxers a young and somewhat naïve David Frost was at first bowled over by the ex-president’s uncanny ability to dominate the conversation, twisting words and steering things away from uncomfortable territory. Convinced that they had gained the upper hand, Nixon’s team of advisors sat smugly by while Frost floundered at a loss for words. But when it came time for the final and most crucial interview, Frost and his team were prepared; the resulting verbal showdown went on to make television history. Reprising their stage roles as Frost and Nixon, Michael Sheen and Frank Langella are thoroughly convincing as a tabloid gadabout in way over his head and an unnervingly intense politician weighed down by too many guilty secrets. Their onscreen chemistry, at first cool and courteous, develops an unexpected depth and complexity until that final David & Goliath confrontation which sees a broken and contrite Nixon gaining some semblance of peace while Frost receives the validation and respect that had long eluded him. Aside from Langella and Sheen’s powerful presence, Kevin Bacon in the role of Nixon’s faithful lapdog, Jack Brennan, was also memorable. A bit of Hollywood hyperbole aside (a volatile nighttime conversation between the two men never really happened) this is still an absorbing drama with excellent performances all around and enough cleverly placed period touches to convince you it is indeed the late 70s. Good cinema.

Jun 12, 2014
  • Isley rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Though it has its strengths (Nixon was good, the interview showdowns were handled well), overall I have my reservations about this film. Frost's portrayal as a bit of a hero (rather than just an idiot in the right place at the right time) seems like a Hollywoodization that lessens the impact of an otherwise decent movie.

Apr 17, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Frank Langella should've won an Oscar for this one. "I used to love cheeseburgers."

Mar 28, 2013
  • Vincent T Lombardo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Terrific movie! Riveting, and the acting is superb, especially Frank Langella.

Mar 26, 2013
  • annieyackshaw rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Although I recall watching these interviews many years ago, the film was absolutely riveting. Great backround story of a memorable event. Very well done.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Well done piece from Ron Howard and Peter Morgan. I was unaware of the behind the scenes motivation for the standoff between these two (effectively $$, I suppose). Frank Langella was excellent as "Tricky Dick".

Jul 30, 2012

is that simple ?

Jan 18, 2012
  • Janice21383 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I wouldn't blame any one person for entertainment journalism and souless politicians, but Frost and Nixon are archetypes of their kind. Ron Howard gathered the talent for this film, and mostly stays out of their way. Michael Sheen plays the naturally inexpressive Frost, in a way that makes him understandable. In the extras, Frank Langella mentions there are several ways to play the final confrontation, and the one Howard chooses is SPOILER surprise! an emotional climax, rather than something more subtle. In the real interview, Nixon wore a bitter smile: the old fox acknowledging he has been out-foxed.

Nov 17, 2011

Why spend 2 million dollars to Interview a fallen president?

Oct 01, 2011
  • bindlestiff rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Perhaps the most revealing summary of this movie is to be found in the 'Special Features' section (and what Special Features section has ever revealed a critically minded remark by either an actor,writer, director, or producer - e.g. see "Snakes on a Plane") that this was a history, nay, even an epoch-making event of the greatest magnitude. Nixon's admission in the final segment, if indeed one may be permitted to use the word, was nothing more than a public relations move - which was the premise of the agreement for the interviews in the first place - and as such, he showed no signs of contrition.

Telford Taylor, an assistant prosecutorial counsel on the staff of former Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson at the Nuremberg Trials, remarked after returning from a visit to Viet Nam in 1969, that if the United States were to hold itself to the very standard that Jackson put forth in his opening statement that the United States was not exempt from the standards by which the Nazi war criminals were being charged, stated that after what he had witnessed, the executive branch and the military would be subject to being tried as war criminals.

And it is instructive to listen in far greater depth to the 4000 hours of the Nixon White House tapes that have emerged in all of their filth (I am not referring to the use of 'obscenities') and paucity of intellectual and creative thought that have been released thus far.

Lastly, Frost's producer at that time, went on to become Prime Minister Tony Blair's advisor - the equivalent of 10 Downing Street's Alexander Haig - and as such was more than likely to know of the falsified intelligence revealing the presence of the so-called WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction) in the former Iraq. This led to what even Colin Powell later described as the lowest point of his own career when he appeared at the UN declaring the absolute integrity of the information regarding the WMD and the justification to begin the eternal war not only in Iraq but the continued war in Afghanistan and the absurdities of this so-called world-wide conspiracy of a network of terrorism.

The editors of this feature pass over this information in silence.

While I greatly admire the actors, Frank Langella and Michael Sheen (who has emerged as one of the most gifted and versatile actors of the last decade), acting alone cannot save the poverty of imagination that paralyzes the would-be liberal spirit that informs not only the work as a whole, but also the directorial sensibilities of the Director, Ron Howard (aka Opie).

Watch it anyway, and decide for yourself...

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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

David Frost: "Are you really saying the President can do something illegal?" Richard Nixon: "I'm saying that when the President does it, it's NOT illegal!"

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

James Reston Jr. (referencing Nixon's pardon): "It was like he slipped out the back door..."


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