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Nixon (1995)

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

Director:

Oliver Stone
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »
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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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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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He changed the world, but lost a nation. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

John Malkovich was offered the role of Richard Nixon, but Sir Anthony Hopkins was cast while he was considering it. See more »

Goofs

Nixon says that Macmillan will attend JFK's funeral but at that time Macmillan had been succeeded as prime minister by Alec Douglas-Home and he attended the funeral, not Macmillan. 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

The new director's cut released in 2001 in the Oliver Stone box set (DVD & VHS) and released again by itself in 2002 featured a new director's cut running in at approx. 212 minutes. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

MY BABY SAID SHE'D MARRY ME
Written by Bill Elliott
Performed by Bill Elliott with vocalists Rick Riso and Frederick Hodges
Courtesy of Windswept Pacific Entertainment Co.
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Complex, difficult to understand, but elegant.
13 March 2017 | by filipemanuelnetoSee all my reviews

Richard Nixon is one of the most controversial heads of state of the twentieth century. During his tenure as president of the United States, he earned a general hatred almost as high as the power and influence of his office. He was investigated, vilified, attacked but never condemned. Even though I'm not an American nor an expert of these period, I feel it is necessary to make an unbiased and objective historical analysis of this president, I just don't know if that has already happened. Even so, the film we have here didn't seem partial, trying to remain neutral to some extent.

Directed by Oliver Stone, it's not appropriate for people who don't know anything about Nixon, or Watergate, or this period of American history, since the film wasn't wasting time explaining anything. So if you didn't understand why Nixon opened the US to China or what was the Watergate or the Bay of Pigs, I suggest you ignore the movie for now and first go read some books or see some documentaries about it. Another problem I want to highlight is the huge web of conspiracies and obscure theories that the film weaves around the president. It never lets us understand what "crimes of responsibility" Nixon has committed. The film also suggests, without subtleties, that Nixon was a simple man who rose in life but wasn't accepted by the "American aristocracy" because of this humble origin, which left him deeply hurt. I don't know if it's true, but the film indicates that as origin of President's lack of scruples.

Anthony Hopkins assures the main role in an interesting performance, but that's far from being his best. He made a good preparation and tried his best to be Nixon, but has few physical similarities with him, not to mention his extreme difficulty in imitating president's characteristic voice. Anyway, Hopkins was brilliant at his character's psychological work, with most dramatic scenes going on as he, semi-drunk, reviews his decisions while listening to his famous audio tapes. The remaining cast does a reasonable supporting work. I will not close my review without left a word of appreciation to the sets and costumes, which rebuilt the atmosphere and culture of the Seventies quite well, much like the rooms and offices within White House. Not being exceptional, it's an elegant, quality film, that helps us think about an important period in American history.


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Official Sites:

Oliver Stone Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Mandarin | Russian

Release Date:

5 January 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$44,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,206,506, 25 December 1995

Gross USA:

$13,681,765

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,681,765
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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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