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."
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Did You Know?
Notable identities, but not American Presidents, past or then present, mentioned and/or referenced throughout this filmed stage play about former disgraced Republican U.S. President Richard Nixon
played by Philip Baker Hall
included J. Edgar Hoover
, Martin Luther King
, Jacqueline Kennedy
, Pat Nixon
, Helen Gahagan Douglas [Helen Gahagan
], Howard Hughes
, and Dr Henry Kissinger
, the latter who is nick-named by Nixon in the film as Dr. Kiss-Ass, and has similarly been nick-named by the Democrats as "Dr Strangelove" [See: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
(1964)]. See more
Even though the real Richard Nixon could play the piano, the real Richard Nixon never learned how to read music. During the part of the film when Richard Nixon is playing his piano sheet music is visible on his piano. It is unlikely that Richard Nixon would have had sheet music on his piano, since he didn't read music. See more
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