Cast: David Frost
This program, culled from the over 28 hours of interview footage between Sir David Frost and U.S. President Richard M. Nixon, was originally broadcast in May of 1977. Never before, nor since, has a U.S. President been so candid on camera. Even more intriguing is the fact that Nixon agreed to appear on camera with no pre-interview preparation or screening of questions.… See more details below
This program, culled from the over 28 hours of interview footage between Sir David Frost and U.S. President Richard M. Nixon, was originally broadcast in May of 1977. Never before, nor since, has a U.S. President been so candid on camera. Even more intriguing is the fact that Nixon agreed to appear on camera with no pre-interview preparation or screening of questions. Now the subject of a major motion picture directed by Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon: The Complete Interviews is a riveting historic time capsule. With over six hours of original broadcast footage, including:
Nixon and The World -- Soviet Union, China
War at Home and Abroad -- Vietnam, Nixon’s War at Home
The Final Days -- Resignation of Agnew, Personal Taxes, Nixon’s Pardon
The Last Round Up -- 18 1/2 minute gap, Supreme Court, Kissinger, John Mitchell
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These interviews are an incredibly eye opening and give tremendous insight into one of the most infamous American figures of all time. If you enjoyed Ron Howard's film, this is a definite must see. Each topic of the interviews is better than the next and the Watergate segment is fascinating. Watching David Frost go to work on Nixon keeps you so involved that its hard to stop watching, and there is over 28 hours of footage!
This dvd focuses many memories refreshed by last years Frost/Nixon movies. It may be more for the history buff since it encompasses all four programs and you have to wait a little while to get to the 'gotcha' moments, but watching the entirity of the program should leave you with two overriding thoughts. The first is that Nixon was a brilliant political thinker and strategist. Say what you want about the guy but he knew his stuff cold. His assessments about world leaders and affairs was right on. The second thing you should see is the price that the guy paid for his inadequacies is clearly written all over his face. He screwed up, he knew he screwed up and, at the time, he figured he was totally dead. Now as it turned out, the rest of his life was pretty substantive. His books were windows into the future of the world, his library and birthplace in Yorba Linda are testaments to his legacy and , even now almost 15 years after his death, his name evokes many emotions and feelings. Not bad for a legacy of shame, is it.