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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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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
Art Department
Mick Kaczorowski .... property buyer
Sound Department
Andy Aaron .... sound mixer
Paul Coombe .... 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
Mick Kaczorowski .... assistant editor (as Mickey Kaczorowski)
Mick Kaczorowski .... assistant editor
Music Department
Carl St.Clair .... conductor
Other crew
Paul Devlin .... production assistant
Mick Kaczorowski .... associate to director
Jack Kney .... production assistant
Matthew Seig .... post-production coordinator

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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 »
Factual errors: Even though the real Richard Nixon could play the piano, the real Richard Nixon never learned how to read music. During the part of the film when Richard Nixon is playing his piano sheet music is visible on his piano. It is unlikely that Richard Nixon would have had sheet music on his piano, since he didn't read music.See more »
[first lines]
Richard Nixon:Testing, one, two, three, four.
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Interesting monologue from an American mystery..., 6 March 2006
Author: waywardastronaut from United States

Any comments about this film should be prefaced by a simple, undeniable fact: Despite the genius and talent of Robert Altman, this film succeeds solely on the shoulders of Philip Baker Hall. Sure, he looks and sounds absolutely nothing like Richard Nixon, but any discerning viewer quickly realizes that it doesn't matter. Hall embodies the role, inhabiting every paranoid quirk and arrogant mannerism of our 36th president; and as the film's only star, it's a 90-minute testament to his skill and abilities. (In my opinion, Hall is the most underrated actor in Hollywood today, by far.) With that said, I would much rather see "Secret Honor" as a play, which is how it was originally written. This doesn't mean that Altman's adaptation is bad; on the contrary, it's one of the finest pieces of cinema I've seen in some time, and definitely one of Altman's best. But the director's constant focus on props takes away from any emotional investment we're supposed to feel. Still, I give this 9 stars out of 10--I highly recommend it to anyone interested in different forms of film-making.

PS: Anyone who claims this film is politically misguided missed the point entirely--it's not meant to be a political observation or satire, but only a way of understanding. Nixon left us with so many questions and so few answers, this so far is our only way of trying to comprehend...

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