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A biographical story of former U.S. president Richard Milhous Nixon, from his days as a young boy to his eventual presidency which ended in shame. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Anthony Hopkins ... Richard M. Nixon

Joan Allen ... Pat Nixon

Powers Boothe ... Alexander Haig

Ed Harris ... E. Howard Hunt

Bob Hoskins ... J. Edgar Hoover

E.G. Marshall ... John Mitchell

David Paymer ... Ron Ziegler

David Hyde Pierce ... John Dean

Paul Sorvino ... Henry Kissinger

Mary Steenburgen ... Hannah Nixon

J.T. Walsh ... John Ehrlichman

James Woods ... H.R. Haldeman
Brian Bedford ... Clyde Tolson

Kevin Dunn ... Charles Colson

Fyvush Finkel ... Murray Chotiner

Annabeth Gish ... Julie Nixon Eisenhower

Tom Bower ... Frank Nixon

Tony Goldwyn ... Harold Nixon

Larry Hagman ... 'Jack Jones'

Edward Herrmann ... Nelson Rockefeller (as Ed Herrmann)

Madeline Kahn ... Martha Mitchell

Dan Hedaya ... Trini Cardoza

Tony Lo Bianco ... Johnny Roselli

Saul Rubinek ... Herb Klein

Robert Beltran ... Frank Sturgis, Watergate Burglar

John Cunningham ... Bob

John Diehl ... Gordon Liddy

John C. McGinley ... Earl in Training Film

Michael Chiklis ... TV Director

David Barry Gray ... Richard Nixon, 19 Years Old

Joanna Going ... Young Student

George Plimpton ... President's Lawyer
Lenny Vullo ... Bernard Barker, Watergate Burglar

Corey Carrier ... Richard Nixon, 12 Years Old
Ronald von Klaussen ... James McCord, Watergate Burglar

John Bedford Lloyd ... Cuban Man

Kamar de los Reyes ... Eugenio Martinez, Watergate Burglar

Enrique Castillo ... Virgilio Gonzales, Watergate Burglar

James Pickens Jr. ... Black Orator (as James Pickens)

Victor Rivers ... Cuban Plumber

Bridgette Wilson-Sampras ... Sandy (as Bridgitte Wilson)

Drew Snyder ... Moderator

Ric Young ... Mao Tse-Tung

Sean Stone ... Donald Nixon
Joshua Preston ... Arthur Nixon
Ian Calip ... Football Player

Jack Wallace ... Football Coach

Julie Condra ... Young Pat Nixon (as Julie Condra Douglas)

Annette Helde ... Happy Rockefeller
Howard Platt ... Lawyer at Party
T.J. Kennedy ... Convention Announcer (as Mike Kennedy)
Harry Murphy ... Fan #1
Suzanne Schnulle Murphy ... Fan #2
Michael Kaufman ... Fan #3

Pamela Dickerson ... Girlfriend

O'Neal Compton ... Texas Man
Chris Renna ... Family Doctor (as Dr. Christian Renna)

Wilson Cruz ... Joaquin, Hoover's Servant
Mikey Stone ... Edward Nixon
Robert Marshall ... Spiro Agnew

Marley Shelton ... Tricia Nixon Cox

James Karen ... Bill Rogers

Richard Fancy ... Mel Laird
Peter Carlin ... Student #1

Michelle Krusiec ... Student #2

Wass Stevens ... Protester
Tom Nicoletti ... Secret Service Agent #1
Chuck Pfeiffer ... Secret Service Agent #2
Alexander Butterfield ... White House Staffer (also archive footage) (as Alex Butterfield)

Mark Steines ... White House Security

Bai Ling ... Chinese Interpreter
Peter P. Starson Jr. ... Air Force One Steward

Jon Tenney ... Reporter #1
Julie Araskog ... Reporter #2
Ray Wills ... Reporter #3
John Bellucci ... Reporter #4
Zoey Zimmerman ... Reporter #5
Mary Rudolph ... Rosemary Woods
Clayton Townsend ... Floor Manager #1

Donna Dixon ... Maureen Dean

John Stockwell ... Staffer #1

Charles Haugk ... Staffer #2
Boris Sichkin ... Leonid Brezhnev
Fima Noveck ... Andre Gromyko

Raissa Danilova ... Russian Interpreter
Marilyn Rockafellow ... Helen Smith
Bill Bolender ... Bethesda Doctor

Melinda Renna ... Bethesda Nurse

Tony Plana ... Manolo Sanchez
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dean Acheson ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Salvador Allende ... Himself - with Mother and Infant (archive footage) (uncredited)
Robert Bork ... Himself - at Time of Saturday Night Massacre (archive footage) (uncredited)
Arthur Bremer ... Himself - Shooting Wallace (archive footage) (uncredited)
David Brinkley ... Himself - Reporting FBI Findings on Dean and Hunt (archive sound) (uncredited)
Edmund G. Brown ... Himself - Running Against Nixon / Meeting with JFK (archive footage) (uncredited)
Barbara Bush ... Herself - Attending Nixon Funeral (archive footage) (uncredited)

George Bush ... Himself - Attending Nixon Funeral (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jimmy Carter ... Himself - Attending Nixon Funeral (archive footage) (uncredited)
Rosalynn Carter ... Herself - Attending Nixon Funeral (archive footage) (uncredited)

Fidel Castro ... Himself - Smoking Cigar (archive footage) (uncredited)
Whittaker Chambers ... Himself - Testifying before HUAC (archive footage) (uncredited)

Bill Clinton ... Himself - Eulogizing Nixon (archive footage) (uncredited)

Hillary Rodham Clinton ... Herself - Attending Nixon Funeral (archive footage) (uncredited)
Nellie Connally ... Herself - Leaving Air Force One after JFK (archive footage) (uncredited)
Archibald Cox ... Himself - with Elliott Richardson (archive footage) (uncredited)
Edward Cox ... Himself - at Helicopter after Resignation (archive footage) (uncredited)

Bob Dole ... Himself - Eulogizing Nixon (archive footage) (uncredited)

Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Himself - Returning from WW2 / Throwing Out First Ball / Handshake with JFK (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mamie Eisenhower ... Herself - with Ike at Republican Convention (archive footage) (uncredited)
Daniel Ellsberg ... Himself - Discussing Prison Sentence (archive footage) (uncredited)
Sam Ervin ... Himself - at Senate Watergate Hearing (archive footage) (uncredited)

Betty Ford ... Herself - when Gerald Becomes President after Nixon Resignation / Attending Nixon Funeral (archive footage) (uncredited)

Gerald Ford ... Himself - Sworn in as President after Nixon Resignation / Attending Nixon Funeral (archive footage) (uncredited)
Helen Gahagan ... Herself (runs against Nixon) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Angie Gray ... Kennedy Staffer (uncredited)
Michael Haddad ... White House Worker (uncredited)
Richard Helms ... Himself - Leaning Forward to Testify (archive footage) (uncredited)
Alger Hiss ... Himself - Testifying before HUAC (archive footage) (uncredited)

Lyndon Johnson ... Himself - in First Speech as President / Attending JFK Funeral / Declining Renomination (archive footage) (uncredited)

John Kennedy Jr. ... Himself - Arriving for JFK Funeral with LBJ (archive footage) (uncredited)

Eunice Kennedy Shriver ... Herself - Arriving for JFK Funeral with Ted (archive footage) (uncredited)

Caroline Kennedy ... Herself - Arriving for JFK Funeral with LBJ (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ethel Kennedy ... Herself - behind RFK during Final Speech (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jacqueline Kennedy ... Herself - with Jack in Dallas / Arriving for JFK Funeral (archive footage) (uncredited)

John F. Kennedy ... Himself - Campaigning / Debating Nixon / Beginning Visit to Dallas (archive footage) (uncredited)
Robert F. Kennedy ... Himself - in Final Speech / Attending JFK Funeral / Laying Mortally Wounded (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ted Kennedy ... Himself - Wearing Neck Brace after Chappaquiddick (archive footage) (uncredited)
Nikita Khrushchev ... Himself - Wearing White Hat (archive footage) (uncredited)
King George VI ... Himself - with Truman (archive footage) (uncredited)

Martin Luther King ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Albert Leon ... Ringmaster (uncredited)
Dave Mallow ... Newscaster Voice (voice) (uncredited)
Zedong Mao ... Himself - in the 1940s (archive footage) (uncredited)
Joseph McCarthy ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

George McGovern ... Himself - Facing the Press (archive footage) (uncredited)

Robert McNamara ... Himself - Laughing (archive footage) (uncredited)

Nicole Nagel ... Kissinger's Date (uncredited)
Pat Nixon ... Herself - Leaving White House after Resignation (archive footage) (uncredited)

Richard Nixon ... Himself - Leaving White House after Resignation (archive footage) (uncredited)
Tricia Nixon ... Herself - at Helicopter after Resignation (archive footage) (uncredited)
J. Robert Oppenheimer ... Himself - Smoking Cigarette (archive footage) (uncredited)
Lee Harvey Oswald ... Himself - in Custody (archive footage) (uncredited)
Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi ... Himself - Handshake with Diplomat (archive footage) (uncredited)
Michael Pasby ... News Reporter at Press Conference (uncredited)

Nancy Reagan ... Herself - Attending Nixon Funeral (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ronald Reagan ... Himself - in Pro-Nixon Speech / Attending Nixon Funeral (archive footage) (uncredited)
Elliot Richardson ... Himself - with Archibald Cox (archive footage) (uncredited)
Eleanor Roosevelt ... Herself - Wearing Fur Coat (archive footage) (uncredited)

Franklin D. Roosevelt ... Himself - with Socialite (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ethel Rosenberg ... Herself - Handcuffed with Husband (archive footage) (uncredited)
Julius Rosenberg ... Himself - Handcuffed with Wife (archive footage) (uncredited)
William Ruckelshaus ... Himself - at Time of Saturday Night Massacre (archive footage) (uncredited)
Adlai Stevenson ... Himself - Facing Microphones (archive footage) (uncredited)

Oliver Stone ... Closing Narration (voice) (uncredited)

Robert Taylor ... Himself - Testifying before HUAC (archive footage) (uncredited)
Harry S. Truman ... Himself - with King George (archive footage) (uncredited)
George Wallace ... Himself - Shot by Bremer / in Wheelchair (archive footage) (uncredited)
Earl Warren ... Himself - Swearing in JFK (archive footage) (uncredited)

Breck Wilson ... Hippie (uncredited)
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Directed by
Oliver Stone 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Stephen J. Rivele (written by) &
Christopher Wilkinson (written by) &
Oliver Stone (written by)

Produced by
Dan Halsted .... co-producer
Eric Hamburg .... co-producer
Richard Rutowski .... associate producer
Oliver Stone .... producer
Clayton Townsend .... producer
Andrew G. Vajna .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Williams 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Richardson (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Brian Berdan 
Hank Corwin 
 
Casting by
Billy Hopkins 
Heidi Levitt 
Mary Vernieu 
 
Production Design by
Victor Kempster 
 
Art Direction by
Richard F. Mays 
Donald B. Woodruff  (as Donald Woodruff)
Margery Zweizig 
 
Set Decoration by
Merideth Boswell 
 
Costume Design by
Richard Hornung 
 
Makeup Department
John Blake .... key makeup artist
Cydney Cornell .... hair designer
Mindy Hall .... makeup artist
Mary L. Mastro .... hair stylist
Gordon J. Smith .... special makeup effects artist (as Gordon Smith)
Renate Leuschner .... wig maker (uncredited)
Raymond Mackintosh .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Jay McClennen .... prosthetic technician (uncredited)
 
Production Management
William H. Brown .... post-production supervisor (as Bill Brown)
Tova Laiter .... executive in charge of production
Lenny Vullo .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Maggie Murphy .... second assistant director
Scott Robertson .... second second assistant director
David Sardi .... first assistant director
Meta Valentic .... dga trainee (as Meta A. Puttkammer)
Philip C. Pfeiffer .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Henry Alberti .... set designer
Fred Arbegast .... chief sculptor
Sarah Bowen .... art department coordinator
Jason Bryant .... art department production assistant
Jon J. Bush .... swing gang boss
Dennis Butterworth .... greensman
Gary Clause .... propmaker gang boss
Lou Economides .... labor foreman
Kevin M. Gannon .... assistant props
Michael R. Gannon .... assistant property master
Bobby Joe Garren .... greensman
Carmine Goglia .... stand-by painter (as Carmen Goglia)
Karen Higgins .... general foreman
Mike Holowach .... swing gang boss
Peter J. Kelly .... set designer
Bruce Kerner .... scenic supervisor
Roger Knight .... on-set dresser
Michael Levitre .... sculptor (as Mike Levitre)
Sean R. MacCaul .... toolman
Louis Marquis .... plaster foreman
Stacey S. McIntosh .... construction coordinator
Ryan T. Mennealy .... art department production assistant
Samuel 'Buddy' Nalbone III .... construction shop manager
William A. Petrotta .... property master
David C. Potter .... lead man
Paul M. Rohrbaugh III .... paint foreman
Tommy Samona .... second lead man (as Anthony Samona)
Jerry Sargent .... propmaker foreman
Kirk Starbird .... sculptor
Rob Stevens .... construction estimator
Charles Vassar .... set designer (as Charlie Vassar)
G. Roger Abell .... set dresser (uncredited)
Todd Bennett .... plaster foreman (uncredited)
Michael Denering .... scenic artist (uncredited)
J. Bryan Holloway .... sculptor (uncredited)
Steven Kissick .... carpenter (uncredited)
Mark A. Mancinelli .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Lisa K. Sessions .... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
Michael Vojvoda .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Mary Anderson .... adr editor
John H. Arrufat .... dialogue editor (as J.H. Arrufat)
David Baldwin .... sound effects editor
Gregg Baxter .... supervising sound editor
Lon Bender .... additional sound
Steve Bowerman .... boom operator
Jim Brookshire .... dialogue editor
Virginia Cook-McGowan .... dialogue editor (as Virginia Cook McGowan)
Chris David .... sound re-recording mixer
Dino Dimuro .... sound effects editor (as Dino DiMuro)
Victor Ray Ennis .... first assistant sound editor
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley artist
Sarah Goldsmith .... dialogue editor (as Sarah Rothenberg)
Laura Graham .... adr editor
Gary A. Hecker .... foley artist (as Gary 'Wrecker' Hecker)
Chris Hogan .... sound effects supervisor
Michael Hoskinson .... foley editor
Pat Jackson .... dialogue editor
Craig S. Jaeger .... foley editor (as Craig Jaeger)
Chris Jargo .... adr editor
Stanley Kastner .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Mark Lanza .... sound effects editor
Nancy MacLeod .... sound effects editor
David MacMillan .... sound mixer
Paul Massey .... sound re-recording mixer
Kelly Oxford .... sound effects editor
Kevin E. Patterson .... cable person
Michelle Pazer .... assistant sound editor
Charleen Richards .... adr mixer (as Charlene Richards)
Bruce Richardson .... supervising dialogue editor
David Stanke .... assistant sound editor
Wylie Stateman .... supervising sound editor
Kim Waugh .... additional sound
Hugo Weng .... dialogue editor
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist
Peter Zinda .... additional sound
Rubén Domingo .... sound editor (uncredited)
Rickley W. Dumm .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Jessica Goodwin .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Brian Pierson .... additional sound (uncredited)
John Rice .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Ed Simon .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
F. Lee Stone .... special effects
Robert Calvert .... special effects foreman (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Michael Aguilar .... digital artist
Daniel Chuba .... visual effects producer
William S. Conner .... optical: VCE
Joseph Conti .... digital artist
Bryan Cooke .... digital artist
David Emerson .... optical supervisor: VCE
Brian Griffin .... digital supervisor
Todd Hall .... optical: VCE
Christer Hokanson .... optical effects supervisor
Carlin Kmetz .... digital matte paintings
Peter Kuran .... visual effects
Chris Loudon .... optical effects coordinator
Jo Martin .... editorial: VCE
Marilyn Nave .... production coordinator: VCE
Mark Sullivan .... digital matte paintings
Pam Vick .... digital artist
Larry Weiss .... digital artist: Hammerhead
Brian Hanable .... digital compositor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Charles Grisham .... stunts
Don Ruffin .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sidney Ray Baldwin .... still photographer (as Sidney R. Baldwin)
Lucas Bielan .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Lee Blasingame .... Steadicam focus puller
Lee Blasingame .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Chris Centrella .... key grip
Peter Davidian .... assistant chief lighting technician
David Emmerichs .... Steadicam operator
David Emmerichs .... camera operator: "b" camera
Erica Froker .... camera intern
Scott Gillis .... rigging key grip
Wayne D. Goldwyn .... time-lapse photographer
Marty Kassab-Chaney .... video assist operator
Dean M. King .... best boy (as Dean King)
Hugh McCallum .... grip
William T. McKane .... rigging gaffer
Michael A. Mendez .... rigging best boy grip
David L. Merrill .... grip
John T. Page .... rigging electrician
Darrin C. Porter .... electrician
Robert A. Preston .... dolly grip
Brad Rea .... dolly grip
David Sharlein .... rigging grip
Tom Skulski .... grip
Richard Sobin .... second assistant camera
Chris Strong .... chief lighting technician
Jeffrey Ray Strong .... electrician
Bill Summers .... grip
Jesse Tango .... electrician
Gregor Tavenner .... first assistant camera
Suzanne Trucks .... camera loader
Tony Van Meeteren .... rigging grip
Monty Woodard .... electrician
Eric Wycoff .... electrician
Cheli Clayton .... camera production assistant (uncredited)
Adam Glick .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Rick Harris .... pre-rig grip (uncredited)
Stan McClain .... aerial director of photography (uncredited)
Philip C. Pfeiffer .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
David Schmalz .... video assist operator (uncredited)
Henry Tirl .... Steadicam assistant (uncredited)
Henry Tirl .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Curt B. Walheim .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Eric Wycoff .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Robert Zullo .... rigging grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Lisa S. Beasley .... extras casting
Ann Goulder .... casting associate
Monika Mikkelsen .... casting associate
Carol Ness .... extras casting: Washington D.C.
Dagmar Wittmer .... extras casting: Washington D.C.
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kimberly Adams-Galligan .... assistant costume designer
Mark Bridges .... assistant costume designer
Steve Ellsworth .... key costumer
Tricia Gray .... costumer
Michelle Kurpaska .... costume supervisor
Deedee Montesanto .... set costumer
Valerie T. O'Brien .... set costumer
Steffani Lincecum .... costume cutter and fitter (uncredited)
Cookie Lopez .... costumer (uncredited)
Ellen Ryba .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Scott Griffin .... apprentice editor
Jennifer Neysa Jew .... first assistant editor
Bob Kaiser .... color timer
Alan Z. McCurdy .... assistant editor
Thomas J. Nordberg .... associate editor
Alex Olivares .... assistant editor: avid
James Stellar Jr. .... assistant editor
Calvin Wimmer .... assistant editor
Pamela Jule Yuen .... assistant editor
Kimberly Adams .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Budd Carr .... executive music producer
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor (as Sandy De Crescent)
Amy Dunn .... associate music supervisor
Frank Macchia .... music preparation
Kelly Mahan-Jaramillo .... assistant music editor
Shawn Murphy .... music scoring mixer
Sylvia Nestor .... associate music supervisor
John Neufeld .... orchestrator
Chris Tedesco .... musician: trumpet
Kenneth Wannberg .... music editor (as Ken Wannberg)
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Tim Morrison .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Conrad Pope .... orchestrator (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Wayne Roberts .... transportation captain
Eddie Lee Voelker .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Sashy Bogdanovich .... research assistant
Robin Burrell .... production assistant
Robin Burrell .... researcher
Alexander Butterfield .... technical consultant
Ian Calip .... office production assistant
Jennifer Clark .... accounting assistant
Christian Clarke .... set production assistant
Mindy J. Cole .... assistant: Mr. Halsted (as Mindy Cole)
Kyle Cooper .... title designer: main and end titles
John Dean .... technical consultant
Ann Marie Digioia .... office production assistant
Jeff Flach .... location manager
Carol Flaisher .... location manager: Washington D.C.
Christine C. Fransen .... production coordinator (as Christine Fransen)
Nicolas Goddet .... set production assistant
Dori Greenberg .... set production assistant
Basil Grillo .... accounting assistant
Deirdre Horgan .... script supervisor
Nicholas Irwin .... second assistant accountant
Eddie Kish .... assistant: Mr. Stone
Albert Leon .... set production assistant
Arthur Manson .... producer's representative
Carla Meyer .... additional dialect coach
Suzanne Schnulle Murphy .... first assistant accountant (as Sue Schnulle Murphy)
John M. Newman .... technical advisor (as John Newman)
Sandra Noriega .... location production assistant
Darrin O'Hanlon .... production secretary
Amy Pearson .... assistant production coordinator
David Pomier .... location assistant (as Dave Pomier)
Ted Rae .... effects set supervisor
Chris Renna .... production physician (as Dr. Christian Renna)
John Riley .... set production assistant
Michael Riley .... title designer: main and end titles
Concepcion Roca .... location production assistant
Denyse Rossi .... payroll accountant
Christopher Weills Scheer .... project consultant
Robert Scheer .... project consultant
John P. Sears .... technical consultant
Michael Singer .... unit publicist
Rachel Smith .... set production assistant
Barbara-Ann Stein .... controller
Sunday Stevens .... assistant: Mr. Townsend
Cecil Stoughton .... archive source (as Cecil W. Stoughton)
Kayla Thames .... assistant location manager
Annie Tien .... assistant: Mr. Stone
Lucas Van Alen .... production secretary
Nadia Venesse .... dialogue coach
Keenan Werner .... location production assistant
Ted Yonenaka .... craft service
Ian Abercrombie .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Lisa Marie Boiko .... stand-in: Madeline Kahn (uncredited)
Patrick Burn .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
David Cohen .... mold maker foreman (uncredited)
Jim Davidson .... production representative (uncredited)
Claudia Eastman .... location scout (uncredited)
Linda Klein .... medical technical advisor (uncredited)
Michael Kolko .... accountant (uncredited)
Tom Lent .... adr voice (uncredited)
Lauren Lloyd .... studio executive (uncredited)
Bill McCamey .... construction nurse (uncredited)
Keith McNulty .... teleprompter operator (uncredited)
Charlie Puritano .... researcher (uncredited)
Shannon Rawls .... security officer (uncredited)
Carol Riggins .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Azita Zendel .... assistant: Oliver Stone (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Andrew Harland Jr. .... special thanks
Erica Schwartz .... special thanks
Louis Stone .... dedicatee
Stanley Weiser .... special thanks
Robert Yamamoto .... special thanks (as Rob Yamamoto)
 
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John Diehl plays G. Gordon Liddy. The real Liddy appeared twice on "Miami Vice" (1984), where Diehl played Det. Larry Zito in the first three seasons.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Nixon says that Macmillan will attend JFK's funeral but at that time Macmillan had been succeeded as prime minister by Alec Douglas-Home and he attended the funeral, not Macmillan.See more »
Quotes:
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Earl in Training Film:I just don't understand it.
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45 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
"It's The Lie That Gets You", 25 May 2000
Author: Michael Coy (michael.coy@virgin.net) from London, England

Watergate hardly gets a mention in this film. We see the 'plumbers' donning rubber gloves, and the president fumbling with a few of his tapes, but detail is almost totally eschewed. There is no Egil Krogh, no Jeb Magruder. Kleindienst and Gray are mentioned only in passing. Cox is fired by way of a spoken TV bulletin, Jaworski is not referred to at all. We do not see anything of the titanic courtroom struggles, with all three branches of the federal government locking horns. Though we are told that the American Constitution is self-righting, like a boat immune from capsize, we are not shown how or why.

And in this, Oliver Stone is perfectly right. As it stands, the film is very long, and dense with detail. There is no room for the minutiae of the cover-up, which in any event would make for a confusing narrative. Stone's subject is Nixon the man, not the edifice that toppled around him.

And what a man. Richard Milhous Nixon is a truly fascinating personality - both statesman and charlatan: ruthless and vulnerable: unable to express his emotions, yet the most emotional of politicians: a man who spent his life in the law and in high office, but who never absorbed the legal and ethical mores of public life. Genius and crook, bold visionary and spiteful backstabber, Nixon will continue to spellbind biographers for decades to come.

"That's when it starts," says Stone's Nixon, "when you're a kid." The film takes us to Whittier, California in 1925 to see the unloved boy who struggled painfully to earn his parents' approval, without ever quite succeeding. As a teenager, he levered his way into the school football squad by sheer willpower. Lacking talent, he doggedly subjected himself to repeated physical battering in the scrimmages, "a tackle dummy with guts". This syndrome recurs throughout his career. Always susceptible to scathing criticism, never quite commanding respect, Nixon never the less kept ploughing back into the melee when wiser, lesser men would have quit. It is hardly surprising that the years of punishment should have left psychological scars.

Nixon's hatred of John Kennedy had more than one source. He was devastated by the defeat in the 1960 presidential election, but not simply because of disappointment at losing, or even because the Kennedy victory carried the odour of fraud: bitterest of all for Nixon was the realisation that the Kennedy people had played hardball more effectively than the Republicans. Nixon had been out-sharked, and it hurt. On a more profound level still, John Kennedy was everything that Nixon could never be. He was a smooth, handsome prince among men, exuding poise and confidence, a patrician imbued with the habit of authority. To Nixon, the perpetual outsider, the quaker geek who looked shoddy and disreputable, Kennedy seemed to have the dice unfairly loaded in his favour. JFK was an East Coast bright boy and war hero, fabulously wealthy and impeccably well-connected. Nixon owned nothing and knew nobody, and was all too obviously 'on the make'. The great witch-hunts, of Hiss in the 1940's and Ellsberg in the 1970's, are manifestations of the chip on Nixon's shoulder, the fathomless bile that he directed at East Coast college boys.

Nixon always imagined that he was hiding his pain from the world, whereas in fact it was on global display. His nervous little laugh at moments of emotional crisis was so false, so gut-wrenchingly inappropriate, that the onlooker could catch a glimpse of the man's tortured soul. Hopkins captures the wretched laugh with devastating effectiveness, both in the scene where Nixon is confronted by a hostile man in the TV studio audience, and when he solemnly promises that none of the president's men will go to jail. In the "Checkers" broadcast and the presidential TV address on Watergate, Nixon tries to assure the camera that he is not a crook, and on both occasions he has the exact opposite effect, confirming to the viewer that that is precisely what he is. Nixon seems incapable of examining his own conscience: there is a hard core which his rational mind cannot penetrate. Maybe that is why Stone has him referring to himself in the third person throughout the film.

'They' were always out to get Nixon, without it ever being made clear just exactly who 'they' might be. The imperative for this deeply paranoid man was always to be braced, ready for the coming tackle, or to organise pre-emptive strikes against 'them'. Obstructing justice and tampering with evidence were, to Nixon, self-defensive steps that did not need to be justified. It was obvious that such things had to be done. The mystery at the heart of Watergate - why a president so steeped in criminal conspiracy should tape-record his own intimate conversations - makes sense when viewed from Nixon's end of the telescope. He had to have the goods on his own men, ready for the day when they turned on him. It goes even further. This emotional cripple could not bare his bleeding soul to anyone, so his tapes became his confessional and his confidante. Stone's film repeatedly shows Nixon in his awkward arms-extended, double V-sign pose. It is not by chance that it looks like a crucifixion.

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