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Secret Honor -- In Robert Altman's searing interrogation of presidential mystique and unchecked paranoia, a disgraced Richard Milhous Nixon sits sequestered in his home, armed with a bottle of scotch and a gun, to record memoirs that no one will hear.

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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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(14 articles)
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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
 
Other crew
Paul Devlin .... production assistant
Jack Kney .... production assistant
Matthew Seig .... post-production coordinator
 

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90 min
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A number of patrons and critics have commented that actor Philip Baker Hall didn't look or sound very much like former US president Richard Nixon.See more »
Goofs:
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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Featured in Altman (2014)See more »

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Fragments of Nixon, 14 January 2005
Author: OttoVonB from Switzerland

Any individual is a puzzle, and Richard M. Nixon was no exception, rather living proof. To those who know him and his story (wether through a variety of books or personal experience or even through Oliver Stone's excellent "Nixon") this is a magnificent epilogue that instead of tying all loose threads together, reopens wounds and reformulates old and tired questions.

The film is a mix of fragments of a complex and important life (one that helped shape the modern world) and an equally complex mind. Since only a very long (and impossible, given the obvious budget) running time could grace this with a tight sense of structure, the performance becomes the binding element, which is the key element of this picture. Whether you are interested in history, Nixon himself, character suffering, paranoia, film or acting, this is a must-see, if only for the brilliant performance by Philip Baker Hall. His portrayal of Nixon blows Anthony Hopkins's away in terms of accuracy and is a mighty challenger in terms of acting alone. He may be less sympathetic than Hopkins, but such was one of the real Nixon's flaws (in interviews the real Hall is quite charming!).

Turning a play - especially a one-man-show - into a film is quite a challenge, but Altman, through simple yet effective means (notably the use of security-camera monitors and portraits), cranks up the intimacy and paranoia, ending the film in an uneasy and dark manner that would never be conceivable on stage.

In fewer words, suffice to say that this unusual little film is in truth a giant in movie-making resourcefulness and talent. Unmissable.

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