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.


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13 May 2010 | TBJCSKCNRRQTreviews
8
| Marvelous
The sole reason I did not watch this in the cinema two years ago was that I could not find a theater near me that played it, and I was, as I am now, a busy student. That caused me to have to take breaks in my viewing of it, and I have to say, it was not easy to do so. It is, simply put, immensely gripping, and the ending is pitch perfect. I haven't seen the play, but I understand that this expands upon the people around the two who were engaged in the verbal boxing match, especially Cushing. The two leads are the same, and I can get behind getting them to do both versions. They are immensely talented(they had the material so committed to memory that they only flubbed once each), and Sheen is an absolute chameleon, disappearing entirely into what he portrays(I can just barely believe that he played Lucian in the Underworld trilogy... great job in those, by the way). The cast is fantastic, and everyone really delves into their credible and swiftly developed characters. This manages to not paint anyone as a one-note good or bad guy, and I have to admit, I did not feel any sympathy for the former president before this film. The acting is amazing. Dialog is excellent. A little of it was improvised; so was most of the camera-work, and it helps make it feel dynamic and natural. This builds tension rather well. The drama is compelling. There is a short sequence of disturbing content, infrequent strong language and brief nudity in this. The DVD comes with an informational commentary track by Howard, a well-done 23 minute behind-the-scenes production, 22 and a half minutes of deleted scenes, and two well-made featurettes of 7 and a half minutes(about the real interview) and six minutes(about the Nixon library), respectively. I recommend this to anyone interested in the subject. 8/10

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Trivia

Sir Anthony Hopkins for Nixon (1995) and Frank Langella for Frost/Nixon (2008) were Oscar nominated for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Academy Award, both for portraying former President Richard Nixon. Both actors failed to win the Best Actor Oscar for playing Nixon. Of the total four Oscar nominations garnered by Nixon (1995) and the five Oscar nominations garnered by Frost/Nixon (2008), both pictures were both only mutually Oscar nominated in one of the same categories which was for Best Actor. However, both were Oscar nominated for their scripts, Nixon (1995) for Best Original Screenplay and Frost/Nixon (2008) for Best Adapted Screenplay.


Quotes

Richard Nixon: David, did I really call you that night?
David Frost: Yes.
Richard Nixon: Did we discuss anything important?
David Frost: Cheeseburgers.
Richard Nixon: Cheeseburgers?
David Frost: Goodbye, sir.


Goofs

Around the 1973/4 segment of the film, David Frost is filming in Australia. He watches the resignation speech in colour. Australia did not go to colour TV until 1975.


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.


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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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Genres

Biography | Drama | History

Details

Release Date:

23 January 2009

Language

English


Country of Origin

UK, France, USA

Filming Locations

Palos Verdes Estates, California, USA

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$180,708 7 December 2008

Gross USA:

$18,622,031

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,426,335

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