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Frost/Nixon - Michael Sheen, Frank Langella, Kevin Bacon, Peter Morgan

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For three years after being forced from office, Nixon remained silent. But in summer 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. Nixon surprised everyone in selecting Frost as his televised confessor, intending to easily outfox the breezy British showman and secure a place in the hearts and minds of Americans.

Likewise, Frost's team harbored doubts about their boss' ability to hold his own. But as cameras rolled, a charged battle of wits resulted. Would Nixon evade questions of his role in one of the nation's greatest disgraces? Or would Frost confound critics and bravely demand accountability from the man who'd built a career out of stonewalling? Over the course of their encounter, each man would reveal his own insecurities, ego and reserves of dignity - ultimately setting aside posturing in a stunning display of unvarnished truth.

Frost/Nixon not only re-creates the on-air interview, but the weeks of around-the-world, behind-the-scenes unwavering between the two men and their camps as negotiations were struck, deals were made and secrets revealed...all leading to the moment when they would sit facing one another in the court of public opinion.

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  • Film drama true TV interview former President Nixon USA Watergate Seventies resign

Persons of interest

  • Kevin Bacon .... Jack Brennan
  • Matthew Macfadyen .... John Burt
  • Sam Rockwell .... James Reston Jr
  • Michael Sheen .... David Frost
  • Frank Langella .... Richard Nixon
  • Toby Jones .... Swifty Lazar
  • Oliver Platt .... Bob Zelnick
  • Patty McCormack .... Pat Nixon
  • Gabriel Jarret .... Ken Khachigian
  • Jenn Gotzon .... Tricia Nixon
  • Andy Milder .... Frank Gannon
  • Jim Meskimen .... Raymond Price
  • Simone Kessell .... Janet
  • Kate Jennings Grant .... Diane Sawyer
  • Tammy Klein .... Tammy
  • Mark Simich .... Hugh Hefner
  • Janneke Arent .... Sandra
  • Eve Curtis .... Sue Mengers
  • Keith MacKechnie .... Marvin Minoff
  • Jason Ciok .... Brian
  • Alexandria Cree .... Julie Nixon
  • Scott Bryson .... John Bryson
  • Paul Caroul .... Edward Cox
  • Brett Stoepler .... Michael York
  • Mickie Banyas .... Fina Sanchez
  • Peter Morgan .... Playwright
  • Peter Morgan .... Screenwriter
  • Peter Morgan .... Director

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Theatrical report

I can't say as I was very excited to see this film when I arrived in the cinema. Looking around the almost-packed room I deduced that the average age of the people was approximately 55 and that I could count on one hand the number of people that looked to be in their 20s. All of the wheelchair spots were taken as well as it appeared some seats had been removed to accommodate more. I mean, I didn't see that many gerries when I went to the premier of Schindler's list. This film has a definite target audience and aside from the familiar faces in the film review industry (there really aren't that many of us) the rest of the room was filled with the appropriate people.

This is definitely not a film for young viewers. I'd suggest Saw IV is more to their liking but having said that Frost/Nixon is a film worth seeing both for its apparent (it's a wee bit beyond my historical study) historical accuracy as well as content. The research I performed after I saw the film does indeed point out the four parts to the interview. And, it also highlights how miserable and "not worth showing" the first three parts were. The final part for which this film - thankfully Mr Howard did not spend too much focus on it & did very well in his character representation - is most notable was entertaining. The build-up was equally entertaining and Michael Sheen as David Frost played his character well. Mr Langella is wonderful actor, with a diverse ability to perform different personalities; the only complaint I have for this film is that he appears to have spent more time trying to play Richard Nixon and less time on understanding who Richard Nixon was.

I enjoyed this depiction so much, I currently seek a copy of the interview from start to finish. Most of the places I have found only
have the 4th and most important segment, about Watergate, but I remain hopeful.

The drama, true, TV movie Frost/Nixon is directed by Peter Morgan and stars Michael Sheen, Frank Langella, Kevin Bacon.

Government security censorship classification

M (Coarse language)

Surveillance time

122 minutes (2:02 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 26 December 2008

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