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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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29 January 1986 (France) See more »
Anyone can BE the President.
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
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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One of a number of filmed adaptations of plays made by director Robert Altman during the 1980s.See more »
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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A remarkable performance by Philip Baker Hall, 1 March 2001
Author: Noel Giffin

Made 11 years before Oliver Stone's "Nixon", with Anthony Hopkins, Robert Altman's direction of Philip Baker Hall in his gritty portrayal of Richard Millhouse on his last night in the Whitehouse, rehashing out all his problems over a bottle of scotch. Fumbling and bumbling around the office with tape machines and casting vague hints into the real motives and players behind the whole debacle. A very watchable and interesting film for anyone interested in Nixon/Watergate. A better film than Oliver Stone's version in spite of a much smaller budget.

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