The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  22 October 2004 (Greece)
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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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Martin Jones (as Brad Henke)
Harold Mann
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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 <>

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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)  »

Also Known As:

A Richard Nixon-merénylet  »

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Opening Weekend:

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


$10,050 (Chile) (7 July 2006)

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1.85 : 1
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This was originally conceived as a fictitious story but, whilst doing research, the writers discovered something very similar had occurred, so decided to let that influence their script. See more »


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 »


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I loved this movie
29 October 2004 | by (Boston) – See all my reviews

I think this is a remarkable movie. It is great on every level. Sean Penn is better than I have seen him and the guy who plays his boss, Jack Thompson, wow. I am a big fan of Naomi Watts so I am very prejudiced in saying she is phenomenal. And Don Cheadle is one of the best actors around right now so its not a surprise that that is the case here also.

I don't think I've ever seen a film like this. It had me (and most of the audience I saw it with) laughing and getting drawn in by Mr. Penn's character. And then it got very tense and very silent as the film moved toward the end -- which is about the most tense sequence of an intelligent film I have ever seen. I don't want to give anything away but I have to say -- I read the review of someone else on here who called it "taxidriver revisited" and, with all respect, that's about the silliest thing I've read on the IMDb. Anyone who watches this film and starts thinking about and comparing it to another movie instead of 9-11 and the world we are living in right now needs to stop buying DVD's and start watching the news. This movie is so relevant on so many levels. I cannot stop thinking about it. I haven't had that experience for years. I did not think Hollywood was making films like this anymore.

Anyway, I recommend this film big time. I hear it is opening at the end of December. Go see it, that's all I can say -- it is intense and stays with you a long, long time.

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