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The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004)

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Based on real life events, Assassination is set in 1974 and centers on a businessman who decides to take extreme measures to achieve his American dream.

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Niels Mueller
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Penn ... Samuel J. Bicke
Naomi Watts ... Marie Andersen Bicke
Don Cheadle ... Bonny Simmons
Jack Thompson ... Jack Jones
Brad William Henke ... Martin Jones (as Brad Henke)
Nick Searcy ... Tom Ford
Michael Wincott ... Julius Bicke
Mykelti Williamson ... Harold Mann
April Grace ... Mae Simmons
Lily Knight ... Receptionist
Jared Dorrance ... Sammy Jr.
Jenna Milton ... Ellen
Mariah Massa ... Julie
Eileen Ryan ... Marie's Mother
Derek Greene Derek Greene ... Joey Simmons
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Storyline

Fact-based story about a disturbed office furniture salesman who in 1972 concocted a plot to kill then-President Nixon by hi-jacking a plane to fly over the White House to drop a gas bomb. At the start of the movie, the man is separated from his wife and stressed in his job where he is made the butt of jokes and is an under-performer. Attempts to get his brother's old tire business resurrected with a black partner is rejected by the banks. When he is officially served with divorce papers, everything comes apart and Richard Nixon's broken promises comes to represent all the evils that have come down on him. A news story about a pilot that landed a helicopter on the White House lawn gives him the idea for his attack. Bolting onto a Baltimore plane, he attempts the hi-jacking. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Power is a state of mind. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and a scene of graphic violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Samuel Bicke applied 10-cent US flag postage stamps upside down on the large envelopes he mailed to Leonard Bernstein in New York City. The US Flag Code states that the Union on the flag should not be displayed "down" except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property. See more »

Goofs

The news on TV first shows the speech of President Richard Nixon answering the House Judiciary Committee Subpoena for Additional Presidential Tape Recordings where he says "the boil must be pricked" from April 29, 1974. Later in the movie the news mentions Robert Preston landing a helicopter on the lawn at the White House the previous evening but that event occurred on February 17, 1974. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Samuel Bicke: Testing. Testing. Testing. One, two, three. Mr. Maestro, Leonard Bernstein, tape number one.
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Version of The Plot to Kill Nixon (2005) See more »

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Easy Sunday
Written by Stuart Hart (as Stuart A. Hart) and Alexander Norris
Performed by Selectracks Studio Ensemble
Courtesy of Selectracks Music Services
Published by Seven Mile Lane Music (ASCAP) and Hatton Road Music (BMI)
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Stunning debut
11 November 2004 | by yinchrisSee all my reviews

Just saw THE ASSASSINATION OF RICHARD NIXON last night at an AFI screening. The film is absolutely stunning.

Niels Mueller has such a sure and masterful hand in directing that belies the fact that this is his theatrical directorial debut. He directs with a flair that is never gimmicky and the film is pitch perfect without a single false note (helped in part by the tight script by Mueller and Kevin Kennedy and the elegant editing). The scenes hum with a slowburn intensity and gradually build up a momentum that lunges to the film's explosive final act.

This young director is one to watch.

Sean Penn gave a powerful and nuanced performance that explores the whole range of his acting personas. This IS the towering performance of his career. Excellent supporting work from Naomi Watts, Don Cheadle, Jack Thompson and a scene-stealing Michael Wincott.


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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 2004 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

The Assassination of L.B.J. See more »

Filming Locations:

Alameda, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,547, 2 January 2005

Gross USA:

$708,776

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,426,087
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Dolby Digital

Color:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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