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Secret Honor

Secret Honor (1984)

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'Secret Honor' is a filmed version of Donald Freed and Arnold Stone's one-man play wherein the disgraced Richard M. Nixon ruminates over his failed career and suggests that he was really nothing more than the puppet of a sinister "committee" seeking global power.

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Drama, Comedy, Special Interest

Donald Freed, Arnold M. Stone

Oct 19, 2004

Cinecom International Films

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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (3) | DVD (6)

Rarely have I seen ninety more compelling minutes on the screen.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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One of the funniest, most unsettling, most imaginative and most surprisingly affecting movies of its very odd kind I've ever seen.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The dramatic material, overheated to begin with, is hyped up by hysterical acting and further exaggerated by a busy mise-en-scene based on meaningless camera movements and space-destroying zooms.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The pic delivers a fascinating story in a fascinating way.

April 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Does anyone have a clue what Altman was driving at with this intense glob of lunacy?

November 19, 2005 Full Review

We begin to understand [Nixon] -- or at least this representation of him -- in a human way that press coverage or television speeches could never capture.

December 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Nixon is a fascinating figure of Shakespearean proportions.

November 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Poop Shoot
Movie Poop Shoot

[Hall's] performance transcends the political baggage of the film itself.

November 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Parts of Secret Honor threaten to lose the audience, and references to past public figures make the threat greater today

October 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Audience Reviews for Secret Honor

Altman returns to top form and delivers an amazing, tense and thrilling one man show. Phillip Baker Hall in his greatest role and Altman's camera does the rest.
October 27, 2011
Graham Jones

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[font=Century Gothic][color=indigo]"Secret Honor" is a one-man film directed by Robert Altman featuring Philip Baker Hall as a post-disgrace Richard Nixon in full drunken, venomous rage, dictating his memoirs. Therein, lies the problem with this movie - there is not a lot of subtletly and nuance here which does not allow for much insight into his character. Despite this negative portrayal, I felt this movie let Nixon off the hook somewhat. He comes off as somewhat tragic instead of the monster I imagine he was. It does not help matters that "Secret Honor" reminds me of a lesser Twilight Zone episode; you know one where the evil old man has to face the sins of his long life. Hall is excellent as Nixon but I still prefer Dan Hedaya's performance in "Dick."(Note: "Secret Honor" might make for an interesting but none too enjoyable double feature with "The Assassination of Richard Nixon.")[/color][/font]

[font=Century Gothic][color=navy]"The Unfaithful Wife" is another straightforward piece of suspense from Claude Chabrol. This one is about a wealthy businessman(Michel Bouquet) who imagines that his beautiful wife(Stephane Audran) is having an affair. He hires an investigator for proof and goes to see the other man.(Like Chabrol's "L'Enfer", I am curious to know what makes the husband suspicious of his wife. And is it love or possessiveness that drives his actions?) This movie differs from some of Chabrol's other films in that it is a little trickier than most. Plus, there is much that is left unsaid and is left inferred.("The Unfaithful Wife" was remade a few years ago in English as "Unfaithful" starring Diane Lane and Richard Gere which I have not seen.) [/color][/font]
May 26, 2005
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Walter M.

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As a fictional exploration into the insanity of Nixon it works amazingly well. Philip Baker Hall is one the greatest actors ever, and he never gets the recognition he deserves. This is one fucking amazing performance.
June 4, 2010
Alec Barniskis

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