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Frost/Nixon (2008) Movie Information

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Overall Rank:

616

Avg. Rating:

2.97/4

# of Ratings:

208

Genres:

Drama, Historical

Rating:

R

Language:

English

Theater Date:

12/05/2008

DVD Release:

04/21/2009

Director:

Ron Howard

Actors:

Frank Langella
Sam Rockwell
Kevin Bacon
Michael Sheen
Oliver Platt
Rebecca Hall

 

 

 

 

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Plot Outline:

After three years of silence following Watergate, Richard Nixon agrees to an all-inclusive interview with an unlikely choice of interviewer: British showman David Frost. Each man wants to have the upper hand but all the planning and preparation will come down to one historical interview. -- Chris Kavan

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Matthew 09/01/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3.5/4 

Why didn't you not burn the taps?

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worleyjamers 06/29/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3.5/4 

This really is a great film. I love that it captures the complexity of not only the Watergate scandal itself, but Nixon's feelings, emotions, thoughts, and regret as well. This is mainly because of Peter Morgan's excellent screenplay; it's powerful and entertaining at all the right moments. Frank Langella and Michael Sheen give really great performances here, and the supporting cast is perfect and rounds the film out nicely. This is a powerful political drama that is also supremely entertaining; it's one of the best films of 2008.

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mitchellyoung 10/12/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3.5/4 

The political background to this drama serves as more of a set-up to a confrontation of two fascinating characters with distinct and separate motivations. Michael Sheen's clever and conniving David Frost is met at each move by the equally devious Richard Nixon (Frank Langella gives a career performance, disappearing into the shoes of the former President.) The film's back-and-forth interview dialogue is great, but so are quieter scenes that portray both characters at their most vulnerable. An interesting character piece with historical ramifications.

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

Frost/Nixon review

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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3.5/4 

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  mdtinney
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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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3.5/4 

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  LeopardExplosion
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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% ::::

Rating of
3/4 

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