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"American Experience" Richard Nixon: Part II (1990)

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American Experience: Season 3: Episode 3 -- Richard M. Nixon was one of American history's most powerful figures. Recalling events etched in U.S. memory, this three-hour program explores a fateful mix of strength and weakness that made him president, and then brought him down. Events revealing Nixon's distinctive signature in American politics, from a meteoric rise to Congress to the presidency and the morass of Watergate, unfold in three parts: The Quest, Triumph, and The Fall. This is the second of three parts.


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Original Air Date:
15 October 1990 (Season 3, Episode 3)
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 (Episode Cast)

Will Lyman ... Narrator (voice)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Elizabeth Deane 
David Espar 
Marilyn Mellowes 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Elizabeth Dean  story
David Espar  story
Marilyn Mellowes  story
Geoffrey C. Ward  telescript

Produced by
Karen Cariani .... associate producer
Elizabeth Deane .... executive producer
Elizabeth Deane .... producer
Margaret Drain .... executive producer
David Espar .... consulting producer
David Espar .... producer
Laurie Kahn .... senior associate producer
Larry LeCain .... field producer
Daniel McCabe .... co-producer
Bob M. McCausland .... field producer
Marilyn Mellowes .... producer
Susan Mottau .... coordinating producer
Chas Norton .... field producer
Mark Samels .... senior producer
Laura Stuchinsky .... associate producer
Original Music by
Todd Boekelheide 
Cinematography by
Ed Joyce 
Film Editing by
David Espar 
Sarah Holt 
Daniel McCabe 
Joseph Tovares 
Production Design by
Chris Pullman (series designer)
Production Management
Karen Cariani .... post-production supervisor
Christine Larson .... unit manager
Pilar Maisterra .... unit manager
Sound Department
Richard Bock .... sound mixer
Jan Cyr .... sound
John Jenkins .... sound
Steve Longstreth .... sound
Flora Moon .... sound
Tiegh Thompson .... sound
Pat Torres .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Dasal Banks .... camera operator
John Hazard .... camera operator
Allen Moore .... camera operator
Rick Robertson .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Maureen Barden Lynch .... post-production coordinator (as Maureen Barden)
Jeff Cronenberg .... editor: video tape
Jim Deering .... editor: video tape
Mary E. Fenton .... editor: video tape
Dan Lesiw .... editor: video tape
Joseph Tovares .... on-line editor
Music Department
Michael Bacon .... musical score adaptation
Charles Kuskin .... music theme
Other crew
Stephen Ambrose .... advisor
Michael Azevedo .... interactive media
Johanna Baker .... publicist
Alan Brinkley .... advisor
Ken Burns .... senior creative consultant
Joy Conley .... film researcher
Judy Crichton .... executive consultant
Danielle Dell'Olio .... interactive media
Nancy Farrell .... project administrator
Raine Gifford .... production assistant
John Grybowski .... film researcher
Joan Hoff-Wilson .... advisor
Laurie Kahn .... additional researcher (as Laurie Kahn-Leavitt)
Stanley Kutler .... advisor (as Stanley I. Kutler)
Marilyn Mellowes .... project development
Daphne B. Noyes .... publicist
Herbert S. Parmet .... advisor
Deborah Richardson .... film researcher
Helen R. Russell .... project administrator
Vincent J. Straggas .... promotion producer
Sue Williams .... film researcher
Karen Wyatt .... film researcher

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Stephen Fitzmeyer  developer
Henry Hampton  creator

Production Companies

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58 min


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They left out the horns and the pointy tail, 31 October 2008
Author: ntvnyr30 from Staten Island, NY

This documentary of Nixon is fascinating. It's almost like watching a car crash--you can't turn away. I am no Nixon apologist. As they say, LBJ created Big Government but Nixon funded it.

However informative this was, there was of course some left-wing bias. I compared it to the very fair bio I read on RMN by Jonathan Aitken. Aitken states that Nixon was always a shy man and that's why he didn't like politicking. This documentary labeled him as "self-conscious". They seemed to downplay the role of the Communist spy Alger Hiss as the number 2 guy in the state department.

I think everything is relative, and Nixon role in Watergate should be taken accordingly. The Vietnam war was raging and there were campus demonstrations with student protesters egged on by hardcore leftists, shouting "Ho, Ho, Ho Chi Minh!!" The country was changing before our eyes. You compare that to Bill Clinton's abuse of power--the nation was not at war (even though terrorists were attacking us and old Bill didn't care to retaliate), the economy was doing well and Bill was abusing his status as POTUS even worse than Nixon ever had previously. I think one reason was Washington didn't take Clinton down--unlike with Nixon--was that he was seen as a charmer and a good old boy. Another reason for Nixon's takedown was payback for exposing Alger Hiss 25 years earlier.

Nixon's speech to his White House Staff the day he resigned was extremely moving, as this shy, vindictive man was close to tears. We can all learn from RMN's speech, including the following: "Others may hate you. But those who hate you don't win unless you hate them back. And then you destroy yourself".

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