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He changed a world. But lost a nation. See more »
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  (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 S. Murphy ... Fan #1 (as Harry Murphy)
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)

Winston Churchill ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jan Citron ... 1960s Race Track (uncredited)

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

Hillary 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)

Robert Goldman ... Student Protester (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)
J. Edgar Hoover ... Himself (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 (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)

Darren Melton ... Extra (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 (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)
Dana Walsh ... Hippie (uncredited)
Earl Warren ... Himself - Swearing in JFK (archive footage) (uncredited)

Breck Wilson ... Hippie (uncredited)

Directed by
Oliver Stone 
Writing credits
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)
Michael W. Moore .... prop maker (uncredited)
Lisa K. Sessions .... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
Michael Vojvoda .... set dresser (uncredited)
Ron Woods .... 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 .... 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 .... 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)
Magic A. Moreno .... Mag and Opticle Transfer Engineer (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)
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)
Lori Jean Sacks .... 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)
Location Management
Jeff Flach .... location manager
Carol Flaisher .... location manager: Washington D.C.
Sandra Noriega .... location production assistant
David Pomier .... location assistant (as Dave Pomier)
Concepcion Roca .... location production assistant
Kayla Thames .... assistant location manager
Keenan Werner .... location production assistant
Patrick Burn .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Claudia Eastman .... location scout (uncredited)
Music Department
Budd Carr .... executive music producer
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor (as Sandy De Crescent)
Amy Dunn .... associate music supervisor
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)
Frank Macchia .... music preparation (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
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)
Darrin O'Hanlon .... production secretary
Amy Pearson .... assistant production coordinator
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
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)
Annie Tien .... assistant: Mr. Stone
Lucas Van Alen .... production secretary
Nadia Venesse .... dialogue coach
Ted Yonenaka .... craft service
Ian Abercrombie .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Lisa Marie Boiko .... stand-in: Madeline Kahn (uncredited)
David Cohen .... mold maker foreman (uncredited)
Dianne E. Collins .... publicist: M/S Billings Publicity Ltd. (uncredited)
Jim Davidson .... production representative (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)
Darren Melton .... stand in (uncredited)
Steve Montal .... production assistant (uncredited)
Daniel Nyiri .... behind the scenes video (uncredited)
Charlie Puritano .... researcher (uncredited)
Shannon Rawls .... security officer (uncredited)
Carol Riggins .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Azita Zendel .... assistant: Oliver Stone (uncredited)
Andrew Harland Jr. .... special thanks
Erica Schwartz .... special thanks
Louis Stone .... dedicatee
Stanley Weiser .... special thanks
Robert Yamamoto .... special thanks (as Rob Yamamoto)
Crew verified as complete

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192 min | USA:212 min (director's cut)
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"I Hope I Haven't Let You Down", 15 June 2000
Author: Michael Coy ( from London, England

Hopkins is remarkable as Nixon. Wisely not even trying for an exact likeness, his interpretation of that so-familiar physicality is uncannily evocative. From the very start, the characterisation is spot-on - the jut of the lower jaw, the growly voice, the rounded shoulders. Once the viewer has adjusted to the initial shock, Hopkins IS Nixon. It ceases to be an issue.

Theodore Roosevelt, Washington, Kennedy and (most of all) Lincoln look down from the White House walls at Nixon, their solemn portraits hovering like admonishing ghosts over the Watergate squalor. In life, Roosevelt was bold and self-assured, whereas Nixon dithers: Washington's self-effacing propriety confronts a Nixon who is suggesting that the Nazis were right. Kennedy is everything that Nixon could never be - above all else, at ease with himself. Lincoln looks down, from the office wall and from his marble seat in the Memorial, in silent rebuke as his successor debases the presidency.

Some of the camera tricks don't work. We see Nixon rooted to the spot at Love Field as the camera soars up and away from him. Why? Obtrusive camera movement is justified only if it adds to our understanding of character or plot. This shot seems to have been included merely for its cleverness. The same is true of the little flashes of black-and-white which keep interrupting the action. At one point, in a dialogue between Nixon and Haldeman, the focus is un-subtly and repeatedly thrown from one man to the other. What does this achieve? Is some artistic goal being pursued, or are the effects included for their own sake? What is the symbolic importance (if any) of the vanishing racehorses?

Much of the attention to detail is of a very high order. Stone's writing team has done its homework, and we get authentic touches such as Nixon's love of log fires, which meant having to run the White House air conditioning system at full blast during summer. The reconstructions of the White House interiors are superb. We see Nixon and Pat engaging in a domestic scrap beneath murals of more edifying battles like Yorktown and Saratoga. Historical events, recorded on news film at the time, are brilliantly reconstituted, replacing the real Nixon with the Hopkins version. Thus we get convincing reconstructions of the Kennedy TV debate and the 1962 'retirement' speech. Young Nixon's courtship of Pat is narrated without dialogue as a grainy, jumpy home movie - and is beautifully done. I did not feel quite so positive about the Alger Hiss segment. Welles did this 'newsreel flashback' idea in "Citizen Kane" more than half a century earlier, and did it with such flair that anything which follows is sure to look jaded. It also seemed to me that this passage is badly-placed, coming immediately after the 1962 California defeat.

James Wood plays Bob Haldeman, and does his usual admirable, photogenic best. My quibble with the characterisation is, this isn't THE Haldeman. The historical personage was grimmer, more stately, more formidable (Fred Emery's "Watergate" bears this out). Wood is restricted here to the role of an aide, rather than the Chief of the White House Staff, an emperor within his own (not inconsiderable) domain.

Pat Nixon does not ring true either, but for different reasons. Joan Allen is more than competent as the steely, astute power behind the Nixon throne. The fault is in the characterisation rather than the actor. The real Pat was (so far as one can judge) an altogether less articulate, less philosophical, less knowing individual. Watch her in the REAL "Checkers" broadcast - she is a stiff, repressed, passive woman, a true 1950's Republican wife, not the power broker that this film would have us believe. It is hard to accept, for example, that Nixon's decision to retire in 1962 was his wife's diktat.

There are elements of this otherwise excellent film which simply don't work. Would the President of the United States REALLY be pulled out of a face-to-face meeting with Brezhnev to deal with some Watergate minutiae? The real-life Mitchell said that he tolerated Martha's indiscretions "because I love her". This touching declaration is cheapened in the film, for no good reason. Similarly, Tricia Nixon's exchange with her father was, in real life, an assertion of unconditional loyalty which was both moving and very much to Nixon's credit. The film version has her asking sceptically, "Did you cover up?" This is quite wrong. The Nixon women would have considered it treachery even to frame such a question.

John Williams' epic score is in keeping with the classical tragedy acted out before us. Nixon's tearful prayer with Kissinger and the farewell speech to the White House staff are scenes of extraordinary power.

Paul Sorvino gives us a marvellous Kissinger, though in my humble opinion Stone goes too far when he makes Kissinger the White House 'leaker' and accuses the Secretary of State of complicity in the Watergate break-ins.

One scene which works splendidly is the (true) incident at the Lincoln Memorial. Nixon tries to glad-hand the indignant youngsters, using the hearty, patronising approach of a bygone generation. The sad revulsion of the protesters shows the gulf between Nixon's consciousness and the spirit of the age.

"I hope I haven't let you down" is uttered one single time by Nixon, towards the end of the film. The truth is, he hit on this formula of words and used it again and again during the final days of his presidency. It was a last desperate attempt to tweak our sympathy-nodes. As such, it was utterly gauche, utterly craven, utterly guileful, yet utterly unrealistic. In fact, utterly Nixon.

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