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The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004)

Based on real life events, Assassination is set in 1974 and centers on a businessman who decides to take extreme measures to achieve his American dream.

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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 John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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The mad story of a true man. See more »


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Rated R for language and a scene of graphic violence | See all certifications »

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22 October 2004 (Greece)  »

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The Assassination of L.B.J.  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$37,547 (USA) (31 December 2004)

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$697,759 (USA) (25 February 2005)
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A TV special documentary, The Plot to Kill Nixon (2005), broadcast premiered stateside late January 2005 of the following year after this cinema movie had premiered in the USA late December 2004. See more »

Goofs

As Sam is walking to his boarding gate, both a Southwest Airlines and an America West Airlines aircraft can be seen in the background. America West Airlines did not exist until 1983, and Southwest Airlines did not begin service to BWI until 1993. See more »

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[first lines]
Samuel Bicke: Testing. Testing. Testing. One, two, three. Mr. Maestro, Leonard Bernstein, tape number one.
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Features CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite (1962) See more »

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Maria Elena
Written by Lorenzo Barcelata
Performed by Los Indios Tabajaras
Courtesy of BMG Film & TV Music
Published by Peer International Corp. (BMI)
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Kudos to Mr. Mueller
12 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

A visceral and elegiac film impressively crafted by first time director Niels Mueller and an equally perspicuous screenplay, a collaborative effort by Neils Mueller and Kevin Kennedy. Another unforgettable performance by Sean Penn, as Samuel Byck, and a flawless performance by Jack Thomson's, as Jack Jones, that is worthy of all movie awards.

Samuel Byck (Sean Penn), an office furniture salesman during the Nixon era, found solace by chronicling his tribulations on tapes and eventually mailing them to Leonard Bernstein for compassion. The film, which was based on these tapes, re-examines the social plagues that forever haunt us - the socioeconomic and political quasi-religious dogmas that are inflicted upon us. At the end we realize that we are Sam Beck's 'Mr. Bernstein' left with the choice to redeem him or not.

This is the best film I've seen so far this year.


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