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Nixon (1995)

A biographical story of former U.S. President Richard Milhous Nixon, from his days as a young boy, to his eventual Presidency, which ended in shame.

Director:

Oliver Stone

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Hopkins ... Richard M. Nixon
Joan Allen ... Pat Nixon
Powers Boothe ... Alexander Haig
Ed Harris ... E. Howard Hunt
Bob Hoskins ... J. Edgar Hoover
E.G. Marshall ... John Mitchell
David Paymer ... Ron Ziegler
David Hyde Pierce ... John Dean
Paul Sorvino ... Henry Kissinger
Mary Steenburgen ... Hannah Nixon
J.T. Walsh ... John Ehrlichman
James Woods ... H.R. Haldeman
Brian Bedford ... Clyde Tolson
Kevin Dunn ... Charles Colson
Fyvush Finkel ... Murray Chotiner
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Storyline

Writer, Producer, and Director Oliver Stone's exploration of former President Richard Nixon's strict Quaker upbringing, his nascent political strivings in law school, and his strangely self-effacing courtship of his wife, Pat (Joan Allen). The contradictions in his character are revealed early, in the vicious campaign against Helen Gahagan Douglas and the oddly masochistic Checkers speech. His defeat at the hands of the hated and envied John F. Kennedy in the 1960 presidential election, followed by the loss of the 1962 California gubernatorial race, seem to signal the end of his career. Yet, although wholly lacking in charisma, Nixon remains a brilliant political operator, seizing the opportunity provided by the backlash against the antiwar movement to take the Presidency in 1968. It is only when safely in office, running far ahead in the polls for the 1972 Presidential election, that his growing paranoia comes to full flower, triggering the Watergate scandal. Written by alfiehitchie

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Oliver Stone Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Mandarin | Russian

Release Date:

5 January 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nixon - Der Untergang eines Präsidenten See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,206,506, 25 December 1995, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,560,960

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,642,684, 31 December 1995
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (archive footage)| Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Writer, producer, and director Oliver Stone briefly considered Gene Hackman, Robin Williams, Gary Oldman, and Tommy Lee Jones for the lead role. See more »

Goofs

When Nixon signs his resignation letter, two very different signatures are used. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Earl in Training Film: I just don't understand it.
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Crazy Credits

[closing credits] For Louis Stone (1910-1985). See more »

Alternate Versions

Letterbox video version features additional outtake footage, including a scene starring Sam Waterston as CIA director Richard Helms. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

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From Schubert's "Symphony No. 2 in B Flat Major, D 125"
Written by Franz Schubert
Performed by Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest (as Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra)
Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Conductor
Courtesy of Teldec Classics International GmbH
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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The Definitive Richard Nixon Bio-pic
25 July 2009 | by barrygermansky-1See all my reviews

Anthony Hopkins does not merely portray Richard Nixon as a cheap caricature, as Frank Langella did in Ron Howard's pointless Frost/Nixon. He creates a living, breathing human being that we can all relate to, while still adopting the notorious president's signature speech patterns and mannerisms.

Oliver Stone's direction is nothing short of a miracle. As in his 1991 masterpiece, JFK, he has a lot of different characters to bring to life on the screen. He helps his actors fashion their performances with miraculous accuracy. Paul Sorvino is dead-on as Henry Kissinger, as is Joan Allen as Pat Nixon, and Bob Hoskins as the mysterious, mean-spirited J. Edgar Hoover.

The writing is also represents a triumph. Stone and co. are able to synthesize entire pages of historical prose into digestible chunks of dialogue. Aspiring screenwriters should seriously take note.

Although 1995 also saw the likes of Casino, Seven, Heat, and The Usual Suspects, Nixon is the ultimate champion. History on screen has rarely been this exhilarating.


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