Writer Peter Morgan's legendary battle between Richard Nixon, the disgraced president with a legacy to save, and David Frost, a jet-setting television personality with a name to make, in the story of the historic encounter that changed both their lives. For three years after being forced from office, Nixon remained silent. But in summer 1977, the steely, cunning former commander-in-chief agreed to sit for one all-inclusive interview to confront the questions of his time in office and the Watergate scandal that ended his presidency. Nixon surprised everyone in selecting Frost as his televised confessor, intending to easily outfox the breezy British showman and secure a place in the hearts and minds of Americans (as well as a $600,000 fee). Likewise, Frost's team harbored doubts about their boss' ability to hold his own. But as cameras rolled, a charged battle of wits resulted. Written by
Frank Langella - who had never played the piano before in his life - learned to play the instrument specifically for the scene where Nixon plays a song to his family and entourage. See more »
In one scene, David Frost tapes a segment with an escape artist in front of the Sydney Opera House, for his Australian talk show. The Quay Grand apartment complex, also known as "The Toaster", is in the background. It was built in 1999. See more »
[Picking up the phone, thinking it's room service]
I'll have a cheeseburger.
Mmm. That sounds good. I used to love cheeseburgers, but Dr. Lundgren made me give them up. He switched me to cottage cheese and pineapple instead. He calls them my Hawaiian burgers, but they don't taste like burgers at all. They taste like Styrofoam.
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Michael Sheen and Frank Langella are credited simultaneously before the title. Sheen's name is on a lower level, but further to the left; while Langella's is higher up, but pushed to the right. Therefore, depending on whether you read the card top-to-bottom or left-to-right, either actor can be seen as being credited first. See more »
I had the pleasure of watching this gripping movie at the opening night
of the British Film festival. Ron Howard's direction and story telling
ability are in top form with this effort. From the very first scene a
carefully crafted and very credible 70s's atmosphere sets a solid stage
for the superbly cast film and quickly transports the viewer into the
political jungle that was "Tricky Dickey's" playground.
The acting duo of Frank Langella & Micheal Sheen (Nixon & Frost) are
set on a collision course that finds two deeply passionate
personalities at the mercy of their insatiable desires. Both actor's
portrayals are a study of affectation and body language, pleasurably
accurate and yet not simply an impersonation. Indeed, the film never
strays from the distinct Howard format that breathes so much life (read
intimacy) into this familiar and yet mysterious relationship that
exists for so many people who lived through the exceptional event.
Make no mistake, this is by no means a two man show, quite the
contrary. In fact, the wealth of supporting roles is perhaps the finest
feature of this production. Bacon's devoted and stalwart marine
practically glints of gun metal and polished shoe leather. The trio of
Gould, Platt and Rockwell portray effortlessly the roles of the men
who, brick by brick, constructed the platform from which Frost so
successfully and serendipitously elicited one of the greatest unspoken
confessions of all time. Rebecca Hall is delicious and demure,
constantly filling scenes with her elegant presence.
Perhaps the richest praise should be reserved for Peter Morgan, who
has, without question, penned a truly captivating and insightful story
that delivers not only a satisfying comprehension of a complex time in
US history, but captures a generation's struggle to come to terms with
the frailty of leadership that still echoes today.
Not to be missed, this film can be enjoyed on multiple levels and will
undoubtedly be regarded as seminal for it's engrossing insight and
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