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Frost/Nixon (2008)

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A dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon.

Director:

Ron Howard

Writers:

Peter Morgan (screenplay), Peter Morgan (play)
Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 22 wins & 72 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Langella ... Richard Nixon
Michael Sheen ... David Frost
Sam Rockwell ... James Reston, Jr.
Kevin Bacon ... Jack Brennan
Matthew Macfadyen ... John Birt
Oliver Platt ... Bob Zelnick
Rebecca Hall ... Caroline Cushing
Toby Jones ... Swifty Lazar
Andy Milder ... Frank Gannon
Kate Jennings Grant ... Diane Sawyer
Gabriel Jarret ... Ken Khachigian
Jim Meskimen ... Ray Price
Patty McCormack ... Pat Nixon
Geoffrey Blake ... Interview Director
Clint Howard ... Lloyd Davis
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Storyline

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 alfiehitchie

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400 million people were waiting for the truth. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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UK | France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Duel Frost/Nixon See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$180,708, 7 December 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$18,593,156, 22 March 2009
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Shot in 38 days. See more »

Goofs

Following the third disastrous taping session, Frost is meeting with John Birt, Jim Reston and Bob Zelnick around the side of the house. Frost invites them all to a celebratory dinner. Reston asks "what are we celebrating, David? That we're all going to be unemployed?" Frost responds "It's my birthday, Paul." None of the three people he was speaking to were named Paul. See more »

Quotes

Richard Nixon: [Frost is signing a cheque] I hope that isn't coming out of your own pocket.
David Frost: [Gives a quick smile] I wish my pockets were that deep.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

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Referenced in The Trip (2010) See more »

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Victory at Sea
Written by Richard Rodgers
Performed by The RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra and Robert Russell Bennett, Conductor
Courtesy of RCA Victor
by arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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An excellent portrayal of a controversial president.
25 January 2009 | by MairegChernetSee all my reviews

Frost/Nixon is one of the best film of the year, and certainly a strong contender for best picture. Langella's marvelous performance as the bedazzled Richard Nixon and Michael Sheen's terrific portrayal of the rigorous David Frost combined with Ron Howard's magnificent direction make the movie a memorable one. Not only that but the supporting cast- including Sam Rockwell, Kevin Bacon, Matthew MacFayden and Olvier Platt- was also phenomenal. Frost/Nixon is an epic, an epic that involves not guns and human sacrifices but words and tense emotions. It's also a historically significant film, for all who crave to know what really happened and whether or not Nixon didn't "obstruct any laws." In short Frost/Nixon is an amazing film filled with sharp dialogues, amazing performances and tense and provocative sentiments as well as an explosive yet subtle ending.

10/10 Go see it!


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