In this speculative one-man drama, we see former President Richard Milhous Nixon alone in his study, dictating his thoughts into a tape recorder. His only company are a four-screen closed-circuit TV setup, the portraits on the walls, a bottle of Chivas Regal - and a loaded pistol. At times addressing an imaginary judge in a court of public opinion, at other times speaking to an aide named Roberto, and sometimes just talking to himself, the former chief executive reflects, in a series of meandering monologues, on his humble Quaker upbringing, his school days, his family and a political career that reached all the way to the White House. Nixon rails at his treatment by the likes of Dwight D. Eisenhower, the "goddam Kennedys," J. Edgar Hoover, Henry Kissinger, Jews, liberals, the media, "East Coast shits," among others, as he leads up to the "true" reasons for the Watergate scandal that resulted in his resignation - an act he regards as one of "secret honor."
Eugene Kim <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Richard Nixon could have been America's greatest president. Several things got in his way.
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Did You Know?
Director Robert Altman
was known, apart from other things like black comedy, for ensemble casts and movies with multiple small parts such as Nashville
(1975), The Player
(1992) and Short Cuts
(1993) amongst others. Secret Honor
(1984) was the exact opposite of this having a cast of just one person. See more
As President Nixon is speaking, a closeup of the sound meter on the recorder shows that the needle of the meter does not move. See more
Testing, one, two, three, four.