Frost Nixon

Frost Nixon

DVD - 2009
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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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finn75
Apr 10, 2016

Amazing acting. A great movie two very different men.

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Nursebob
Dec 13, 2014

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.

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Isley
Jun 12, 2014

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.

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lukasevansherman
Apr 17, 2014

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

Vincent T Lombardo Mar 28, 2013

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

annieyackshaw Mar 26, 2013

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

wayne19711012 Jul 30, 2012

is that simple ?

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Monolith
Mar 03, 2012

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".

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Janice21383
Dec 29, 2011

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.

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kwarah
Nov 17, 2011

Why spend 2 million dollars to Interview a fallen president?

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Monolith
Mar 03, 2012

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!"

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Monolith
Mar 03, 2012

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

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