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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Jones (as Brad Henke)
Harold Mann
Mae Simmons
Sammy Jr.
Marie's Mother
Derek Greene ...
Joey Simmons


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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Power is a state of mind. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

22 October 2004 (Greece)  »

Also Known As:

The Assassination of L.B.J.  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$697,759 (USA) (25 February 2005)

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(archive footage)| (archive footage)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film's opening title card reads: "Baltimore Washington International Airport Feb. 22, 1974". See more »


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 »


[first lines]
Samuel Bicke: Testing. Testing. Testing. One, two, three. Mr. Maestro, Leonard Bernstein, tape number one.
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Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24
Performed by the Studio Symphony Orchestra Prague
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Produced by Steven Stern and Jack Smalley
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This film is amazing -- 5 stars
20 September 2004 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

I give The Assassination of Richard Nixon five out of five stars. It was one of the big buzz films in Toronto and I had to work every possible angle to get a ticket to the sold out screening when it made its premiere. The theater in Toronto was over a thousand seats and was packed. The audience was completely into this one -- there was plenty of earned laughter as this film has a great deal of humor before it gives way to relentless, heart-wrenching drama.

It's the story of a man who tried to kill President Nixon in 1974 and is a moving, emotional, entertaining film. Sean Penn is Sean Penn -- just the best that there is and this is as great as anything he has ever done.

I heard while I was in Toronto that the film was still being worked on after it first screened in Cannes so this was the first screening of the finished film (so I be careful when reading reviews that you are reading a review of the finished film). It is amazing, amazing, amazing and I hope it gets out to as big an audience as possible. Thank goodness filmmakers are making films that matter. 5 stars out of 5!!!!

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