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Director:
Writers:
Donald Freed (play) &
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Release Date:
29 January 1986 (France) See more »
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Anyone can BE the President.
Plot:
A fictionalized former President Richard M. Nixon offers a solitary, stream-of-consciousness reflection on his life and political career - and the "true" reasons for the Watergate scandal and his resignation. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A Must See See more (23 total) »

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Directed by
Robert Altman 
 
Writing credits
Donald Freed (play) &
Arnold M. Stone (play)

Donald Freed (screenplay) &
Arnold M. Stone (screenplay)

Produced by
Robert Altman .... producer
Scott Bushnell .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
George Burt 
 
Cinematography by
Pierre Mignot 
 
Film Editing by
Juliet Weber 
 
Production Design by
Stephen Altman 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Allan F. Nicholls .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Andy Aaron .... sound mixer
Paul Coombe .... sound re-recording mixer
Dan Gleich .... boom operator
Bernard Hajdenberg .... sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
René Daigle .... camera assistant
Joey Forsyte .... electrician
Tom Grunke .... key grip
Jonathan Lumley .... gaffer
Jean Lépine .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Mickey Kaczorowski .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Carl St.Clair .... conductor
 
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Paul Devlin .... production assistant
Jack Kney .... production assistant
 

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90 min
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Co-writer Donald Freed once said that director Robert Altman's main contribution to this movie was having the courage to film it at all.See more »
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Revealing mistakes: President Nixon presses the record button on his cassette tape recorder and begins recording, but a few moments later realizes that there is no cassette tape in the recorder. Cassette tape recorders have a trip bar inside the cassette compartment that make it impossible for the user to press the record button if no cassette is in the recorder.See more »
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Richard Nixon:Testing, one, two, three, four.
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21 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
A Must See, 13 November 2004
Author: user-38 from NYC

If you ever get a chance to see this film, grab it! Phillip Baker Hall doesn't simply portray Nixon, he inhabits him. The familiar hunched shoulders and odd poses employed by every Nixon impersonator, in Hall's hands seem less like imitation than brilliant artistic choices, revealing the inner struggles of a remarkable, tormented man. No disrespect to Anthony Hopkins, unquestionably a very talented actor, but his Nixon doesn't hold a candle to Hall's.

This is of course a work of fiction, but like the best fiction it lies in order to reveal a deeper truth. Nixon never made the tape we see him creating through the course of this film, but what is revealed through it is both psychologically and historically honest. The portrait that emerges is unsparing and sympathetic. Nixon emerges as a hero in a Greek tragedy with the same grandeur and the same tragic flaw.

Fans and critics both of Richard Nixon will find their judgements challenged by this complex, revealing portrait. Even someone who has never heard of Nixon couldn't help but be fascinated by this powerful, complex man.

Note to PT Anderson fans: According to Anderson, this was the performance that convinced him he had to work with Hall. It's no accident that Anderson's first full-length film, Sidney (or Hard Eight), was a showpiece for Hall's amazing talent.

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