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Running Time:
2 hours, 2 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for some language.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This riveting political drama is suspenseful, funny and hugely enjoyable with one of the great performances of the year by Frank Langella.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Deleted Scenes; The Making of Frost/Nixon: Take an in-depth look at all aspects of the production and discover the lengths it took to recreate this historic event for the big season; ; The Real Interview: Footage from the actual interview and how it compares to the way it was reenacted for the film; ; The Nixon Library: Discover the materials that have been preserved for public viewing in the Richard Nixon Library, ranging from the "Nixon Tapes" to footage of Nixon visiting China; ; Feature Commentary with Director Ron Howard

CAST:
Frank Langella ... Richard Nixon
Michael Sheen ... David Frost
Sam Rockwell ... James Reston, Jr.
Kevin Bacon ... Jack Brennan
Toby Jones ... Swifty Lazar
Matthew Macfadyen ... John Birt
Oliver Platt ... Bob Zelnick
Rebecca Hall ... Caroline Cushing



Frost/Nixon

 

Three years after being forced from office, Richard Nixon (Frank Langella "Dracula") had still not spoken about the events prior to his leaving the presidency. But in summer 1977, the reclusive former commander-in-chief agreed to sit for an all-inclusive interview to answer questions about his presidency. Nixon surprised everyone by agreeing to allow the jet-setting television personality David Frost (Michael Sheen "The Queen") to do a series of twelve no-holds-barred television interviews for which his agent Irving "Swifty" Lazar (Toby Jones "Infamous") got him $600,000. plus a percentage of the profits. This was the first time Nixon had agreed to speak publicly since his resignation in the midst of the Watergate scandal and he intended to easily outfox the breezy British raconteur and restore his place in the hearts and minds of the American public. 

Frost's team: James Reston Jr (Sam Rockwell "Confession of a Dangerous Mind") and Bob Zelnick (Oliver Platt "Pieces of April) have doubts about their boss' ability to hold his own. But as cameras rolled, a charged battle of wits resulted. Would Nixon evade questions of his role in one of the nation's greatest disgraces? Or would Frost confound critics and bravely demand accountability from the man who'd built a career out of stonewalling? Over the course of their encounter, each man reveals his own insecurities, ego and reserves of dignity, ultimately setting aside posturing in a gripping display of unvarnished truth.

Kevin Bacon ("A Few Good Men") plays Nixonís chief of staff Jack Brennan, delivering an almost creepy performance as a man so totally devoted to the ex-president that his loyalty at times borders on sexual attraction. But it is Frank Langellaís performance that carries the film. His Nixon is a brilliant and broken husk, desperate to return to power and unwilling to admit that itís no longer possible.

Frost/Nixon not only re-creates the on-air interview, but the weeks of around-the-world, behind-the-scenes maneuvering between the two men and their camps as negotiations were struck, deals were made and secrets revealed...all leading to the moment when they would sit facing one another in the court of public opinion. This riveting political drama is suspenseful, funny and hugely enjoyable and one you won't want to miss.   

Frost/Nixon with Frank Langella: DVD Cover





 







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