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Movie Review: Frost/Nixon December 17, 2008

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Alternate Title: The First ‘Gate’

Story: Anyone over the age of 40 has a clear recollection of Watergate (the first ‘Gate’), Nixon’s resignation and his controversial pardon by Gerald Ford. Three years after Nixon’s resignation, British playboy and talk show host, David Frost interviewed Nixon in 90 minutes each of a four part, series. Historic viewing ensued and the rest as they say – is history. This fine engrossing film was directed by Ron Howard and written by Peter Morgan (The Queen), based on his original stage play which starred the same fine actors.

If you are a political junkie, like me, this is must-see cinema. The acting is extraordinary, the production values across the board are smart and the script, scintillating.

The first half of the film focus’ on the preparation of the TV event viewed from both sides of the stars’ teams. How the money was raised (Nixon was paid $600,000) and how the TV event was eventually marketed seems boring, but it is not. The interviews take place for the second half of the film. Fine lead ups produce the drama of the interviews. Even if you know exactly what is going to happen the filming is so expert, you are on the edge of your seat waiting for those very famous killer Nixon lines. See the film and watch the accolades during award season time.

When the President does it:

The DVD series:

Acting: Frank Langella as Richard Nixon, makes you believe he is actually Richard Nixon. Fine, fine acting by a brilliant performer. Michael Sheen as David Frost, carries his role perfectly. Kevin Bacon as Nixon loyalist, Jack Brennan, does an emotionally difficult turn. The balance of the cast, including Rebecca Hall (Caroline Cushing), Toby Jones (Swifty Lazar), Matthew MacFadyen (John Birt), Oliver Platt (Bob Zelnick) and Sam Rockwell (James Reston Jr.) are all terrific.

Trivia: Frank Langella won a Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for “Frost/Nixon” in 2007. Frost/Nixon has been nominated for 5 Golden Globe awards: Best Motion Picture Drama, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Screenplay and Best Original Score.

Predilection: I am a political junkie and have never forgiven Richard Nixon for his crimes.

Critters: A dachshund

Food: Hamburgers, cheeseburgers.

Sex Spectrum: None

Opening Titles: A quick overview with file news footage for anyone who does not know what lead up to Nixon’s resignation.

Theater Audience: Crowded for a mid-afternoon show on a Tuesday.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: Nixon is very squirmy.

Drift Factor: It could have been tightened up a bit.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: Yes

Soap Box: To this day I will not watch Diane Sawyer as she worked for Nixon after his resignation.

Big Screen or Rental: Big screen. Tent ‘All the President’s men’ for a good film out Watergate.

Length: Two hours

LOBO HOWLS: 9


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