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Fact-based story about a disturbed office furniture salesman who in 1972 concocted a plot to kill then-President Nixon by hi-jacking a plane to fly over the White House to drop a gas bomb. At the start of the movie, the man is separated from his wife and stressed in his job where he is made the butt of jokes and is an under-performer. Attempts to get his brother's old tire business resurrected with a black partner is rejected by the banks. When he is officially served with divorce papers, everything comes apart and Richard Nixon's broken promises comes to represent all the evils that have come down on him. A news story about a pilot that landed a helicopter on the White House lawn gives him the idea for his attack. Bolting onto a Baltimore plane, he attempts the hi-jacking. Written by
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The news on TV first shows the speech of President Richard Nixon answering the House Judiciary Committee Subpoena for Additional Presidential Tape Recordings where he says "the boil must be pricked" from April 29, 1974. Later in the movie the news mentions Robert Preston landing a helicopter on the lawn at the White House the previous evening but that event occurred on February 17, 1974. See more »
Testing. Testing. Testing. One, two, three. Mr. Maestro, Leonard Bernstein, tape number one.
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I had the chance to see The Assassination of Richard Nixon over at the Loews at the Boston Common today. It was a packed house and Sean Penn, Neil Mueller, and Alfonso Cuaron were there to talk afterwards. But I'm just going to talk about the movie.
Overall, I found the film to be quite intoxicating. Sean Penn becomes Sam Bicke and the character is so interesting that I was left with his thoughts as I walked out of the theater. Especially in today's society, Nixon is an important film. It is about not letting the man get you down and it is about not electing into political positions when they are just going to lie and treat us terribly.
People will compare Nixon to Taxi Driver. And I understand this comparison. However, Taxi had much better pacing and much more violence. The performances here are just as compelling and the 70s look of the film is absolutely perfect.
There could be a few script tweakings, but some people won't be bothered by those little dialogue issues.
3 3/4 out of 5
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