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09/03/2015 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Frost/Nixon" by Yojimbo

In the wake of the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon is tempted into a televised interview by a huge fee and the assumption of an easy ride from a British interviewer with little political experience. Frost/Nixon can best be described as a political version of Rocky 2, as strange as that sounds. The story is of a fresh faced challenger who, against all odds, takes on a world heavyweight who has little expectation of a real fight. Michael Sheen once again shows his uncanny ability to "become" the character he is portraying, this time talk show host David Frost, but his fine performance is more than matched by a superb performance by Frank Langella who brings a real humanity to "tricky Dicky". It's a story of two men who have everything to lose, Frost his career and entir...

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08/09/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Frank Langella (Richard Nixon) and Michael Sheen (David Frost) star in this historical drama about the life of an ex-President and a talk show host who wants to interview him. Due to lack of funding Frost markets the program to different TV networks but to no avail. He hires Bob Zelnick (Oliver Platt) and James Reston Jr. (Sam Rockwell) to join his team with his producer/friend John Birt (Matthew Macfadyen). The camp of Nixon has agreed to 3 recording sessions with Pres. Nixon and David. The final interview involved grittier issues related to Charles Colson and “the cover-up” in which Jack Brennan (Kevin Bacon) eventually stops the taping for his boss not to answer the controversial question. In the end, the truth prevailed and Frost becomes widely popular because of the success of t...

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09/23/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Outstanding Political Drama

Between Davinci Code & it's sequel, Ron Howard directed this strong docu-drama about one of the most controversial presidents in the American history. The interview that Richard Nixon gave to the British talk-shows host David Frost in 1977 was seen by Nixon as a means to rebuilt his public image badly damaged by the Watergate scandal. By selecting Frost a non-American and apparent outsider as a interviewer he was hoping to find a more easy or good willing partner of discussion, but he missed the fact that the born-for-TV professional also saw in this confrontation the big chance of his career. The resulting minds fight between the two is the focus of the film.
There is a second and also very interesting plan of discussion here. David Frost was not a political commentator, or even an inve...

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06/01/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Frost/Nixon suffers From Slow Moving Motive.

Ron Howard directs this 5 time Oscar-nominated film about the head-to-head Frost/Nixon interviews, just some time after 'Watergate'.

Frank Langella doesn't pull off Nixon's look, but plays him quite well, especially the tone of voice and speech. Michael Sheen develops his character fairly, leaving you on the edge of your seat during the interview tapings, because we know something regretful will be said. Something to shock.

This movie will intrigue you as the characters study each other in order to take em' down, but the film works slowly I'm afraid.

Frost/Nixon will leave you with something to think about, but it has numerous flaws, and the Best Picture nod was quite questionable. Contreversial story told right and solid I guess.

FINAL SCORE :::: 75% ::::

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01/31/2009 (1 of 1 found this helpful)


What a disappointment! I guess I let the hype for how "surprisingly suspenseful" it was supposed to be create unrealistic expectations for me. I thought it was a drag.

It wasn't "genuine" to me. Yeah, I saw Frank Langella acting his chops off. But for me it was more an impersonation than a fully-formed character.

"Frost/Nixon" is entertaining enough as a time capsule dramatization, but certainly not more than that. Only "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" could possible be more overrated!

I used to love Ron Howard-directed films. But I guess "The DaVinci Code" is still rotting in my mind because I'm not prepared to cut him any slack. And there were some obvious directorial missteps in this one. It just couldn't break through the resistance built-up from seeing too ma...

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01/01/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Frost/Nixon provides viewers with a superb acting performance, and it will be of general interest to those with an interest in American history. Still, as a film touted as one of 2008’s finest, Frost/Nixon may disappoint.

The film recounts the interviews conducted by David Frost of Richard Nixon in 1977 as Nixon sought to rehabilitate his public reputation. The film’s strongest attribute is not a remarkable story or a probing character study. Rather, Frost/Nixon entrances its audience by the presence of a persona, the curious vibe created when one of the movie’s namesakes enters the room. As Nixon, Frank Langella depicts a man unnaturally detached from the mores and conventions instinctively understood by the rest of humanity. Yet, Nixon’s vaguely unhinged manner create ...

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