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Director: Oliver Stone

Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Joan Allen, Powers Boothe


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Oliver Stone, the most outspokenly political American filmmaker of the 1980s and '90s, directs this epic-length biography of Richard Nixon, the 37th President of the U.S., who was re-elected by a landslide in 1972, only to resign in disgrace two years later. Taking a non-linear approach, Nixon jumps back and forth between many different periods and events, from


Oliver Stone, the most outspokenly political American filmmaker of the 1980s and '90s, directs this epic-length biography of Richard Nixon, the 37th President of the U.S., who was re-elected by a landslide in 1972, only to resign in disgrace two years later. Taking a non-linear approach, Nixon jumps back and forth between many different periods and events, from Nixon's strict upbringing at the hands of his Quaker mother, through the many peaks and valleys of his political career, to his downfall in the wake of the Watergate scandal. The facts of his life are blended with supposition and speculation to create a portrait that is often critical of the man's policies but displays an unexpected compassion toward his failings as a human being. Anthony Hopkins stars as Nixon, Joan Allen plays his long-suffering wife Pat, Mary Steenburgen portrays his mother Hannah, Bob Hoskins is cast as J. Edgar Hoover, Powers Boothe plays Alexander Haig, Paul Sorvino portrays Henry Kisinger, and Ed Harris plays E. Howard Hunt.

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All Movie Guide - Todd Kristel
Nixon is not a subtle movie, but at least Oliver Stone tries to depict the former president as a tragic character instead of a one-dimensional villain or victim. As the film switches haphazardly between different points in Richard Nixon's life, viewers see that his cold and demanding parents helped shape him into a stiff, socially awkward adult who resented the more charismatic people around him. Feeling unloved and misunderstood, he eventually became undone later in life by his own resentment and paranoia. Anthony Hopkins manages to convey these aspects of Nixon's personality while bringing some pathos to his role, but he's not totally convincing as the former president. He doesn't look like the real-life Richard Nixon and his speaking voice doesn't resemble Nixon's famous unmodulated baritone. Furthermore, he doesn't convey the "stronger" elements of Nixon's personality, such as the craftiness and ambitiousness that enabled him to become a successful politician. Even though this film is ostensibly a character study of Richard Nixon, he often seems like a passive cog in the political machinery. This may be compatible with Stone's belief that the "Beast" (the forces of big business and government that control our lives) is so powerful that even Nixon himself wasn't able to dominate it; however, Stone undermines the credibility of his viewpoint by laying it on too thick and adding too many questionable conspiracy theories (e.g., linking a cabal of Texas millionaires to the JFK assassination). The fact remains that the real-life Richard Nixon was a driven politician who rebounded from several career setbacks to achieve the highest office in the land; this film makes it too easy to forget that he could act decisively and effectively. Indeed, he seems less astute than his wife Pat, who is portrayed as more cagey and articulate than her public persona. Allen's performance is quite good if you accept her interpretation of the role; likewise, James Woods seems fine if you accept that his portrayal of H.R. Halderman seems less imposing than his real-life counterpart. Paul Sorvino does an impression of Henry Kissinger that's both impressive and somewhat creepy, while Bob Hoskins camps it up as J. Edgar Hoover (Stone seems to enjoy drawing attention to Hoover's sexual orientation). Although the actors might not be exact duplicates of the real-life characters they portray, the cast is solid enough to carry much of the film. Unfortunately, Stone's heavy-handed filmmaking style undermines the human elements of his movie. Neither intimate nor tightly paced, Nixon feels like a visual assault with jump cuts, superimposed images, jarring shifts between camera angles and film stocks, and changes between color and black-and-white; borrowing from real-life incidents (e.g., the Lincoln Memorial scene) as well as films such as Citizen Kane (e.g., the scene in which Richard Nixon argues with his wife at the dinner table), Stone tries unsuccessfully to compensate for a disjointed narrative structure with sheer filmmaking bravado. Consequently, the movie seems ham-fisted, which is admittedly not surprising quality for an Oliver Stone film. It is more disappointing in this particular instance, however, since it appears that Stone was attempting to present a more nuanced view of politics.

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Walt Disney Video
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Beyond Nixon new documentary; Deleted scenes introduced by Oliver Stone; Charlie Rose Interviews Oliver Stone featurette; 2 audio commentaries with director Oliver Stone; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Hopkins Richard M. Nixon
Joan Allen Pat Nixon
Powers Boothe Alexander Haig
Ed Harris E. Howard Hunt
Bob Hoskins J. Edger Hoover
E.G. Marshall John Mitchell
David Paymer Ron Ziegler
David Hyde Pierce John Dean
Paul Sorvino Henry Kissinger
Mary Steenburgen Hannah Nixon
J.T. Walsh John Ehlichman
James Woods H.R. Haldeman
Brian Bedford Clyde Tolson
Kevin Dunn Charles Colson
Fyvush Finkel Murray Chotiner
Annabeth Gish Julie Nixon
Tony Goldwyn Harold Nixon
Larry Hagman 'Jack Jones'
Edward Herrmann Nelson Rockefeller
Saul Rubinek Herb Klein
Tony Lo Bianco Johnny Roselli
Corey Carrier Richard M. Nixon at 12
Tom Bower Frank Nixon
David Barry Gray Richard M. Nixon at 19
Tony Plana Manolo Sanchez
Dan Hedaya Trina Cardoza
John Cunningham Bob
John C. McGinley Man in newsreel
John Diehl G. Gordon Liddy
Robert Beltran Frank Sturgis
Lenny Vullo Bernard Barker
Ronald Von Klaussen James Mccord
Victor Rivers Cuban Plumber
Drew Snyder Moderator
Sean Stone Donald Nixon
Jack Wallace Football Coach
Julie Condra Young Pat Nixon
Howard Platt Lawyer At Party
Harry Murphy Fan #1
Michael Kaufman Fan #3
Bridgette Wilson Sandy
O'Neal Compton Texas Man
John Bedford Lloyd Cuban Man
Michael Chiklis Tv Director
Wilson Cruz Joaquin
James Pickens Black Orator
Robert Marshall Spiro Agnew
Marley Shelton Tricia Nixon
James Karen Bill Rogers
Richard Fancy Mel Laird
Joanna Going Young Student
Chuck Preiffer Secret Service Agent #2
Ric Young Mao-tse-tung
Bai Ling Chinese Interpreter
Jon Tenney Reporter #1
Julie Araskog Reporter #2
Clayton Townsend Floor Manager #1
Donna Dixon Maureen Dean
John Stockwell Staffer #1
Charles Haugk Staffer #2
Boris Sichkin Leonid Brezhnev
Fima Noveck Andre Gromyko
Marilyn Rockafellow Helen Smith
Bill Bolender Bethesda Doctor
George Plimpton President's Lawyer
Oliver Stone Voice-over during credits [uncredited]
Madeline Kahn Martha Mitchell

Technical Credits
Oliver Stone Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Henry Alberti Set Decoration/Design
Brian Berdan Editor
Merideth Boswell Set Decoration/Design
Hank Corwin Editor
Dan Halsted Co-producer
Eric Hamburg Co-producer
Billy Hopkins Casting
Richard Hornung Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Kelly Set Decoration/Design
Victor Kempster Production Designer
Heidi Levitt Casting
David MacMillan Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Mays Art Director
Robert Richardson Cinematographer
Stephen J. Rivele Screenwriter
Richard Rutowski Associate Producer
David Sardi Asst. Director
Clayton Townsend Producer
Andrew G. Vajna Executive Producer
Charlie Vassar Set Decoration/Design
Mary Vernieu Casting
Christopher Wilkinson Screenwriter
John Williams [composer] Score Composer
Don Woodruff Art Director
Margery Zweizig Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Nixon: Feature Film
1. Opening Credits
2. No Pistol
3. White House Involvement
4. Stolen Fair and Square
5. Pat and Dick: On Losing
6. A Little Man
7. Marriage On the Rocks
8. Last Press Conference
9. Much in Demand
10. A Terrible Loss
11. The Old Nixon Charm
12. At the Races
13. Harold's Death
14. Bold Moves
15. Nudging History
16. Just Kids
17. Meeting With Helms
18. Nightcap
19. The Beast
20. Nixon and Hoover/The Wedding
21. No More Mr. Nice Guy
22. Meet Mr. Liddy
23. Playing for Keeps
24. The Enemy of the Enemy
25. Texas Strong-Arms
26. Playing With Power
27. Getting Personal
28. An Hors D'oeuvre
29. Whitewash
30. No Discussion
31. Drunken Words
32. No Tears
33. Smoking Gun
34. A Prayer
35. In the Dark
36. Closing Remarks/End Credits


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Nixon 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Richard M. Nixon did many good things, he open China (that brought more money to America)He made peace with Russia and he ended a war JFK and L.Jonhson started. Yet sadly he is only remebered for Watergate. This movie is very good and shows the Richard M. Nixon was misunderstood.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago