Three years after being forced from office, Richard Nixon (Frank Langella
"Dracula") had still not spoken about the events prior to his leaving
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
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.