David Frost Interviews Richard Nixon (Frost/Nixon: The Complete Interviews) (Frost Nixon: Watergate) (1977)





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Take a comprehensive look at the Watergate scandal and explore the controversial career of the only United States president ever to resign from office as former President Richard M. Nixon sits down with probing journalist David Frost for an illuminating series of live, unscripted interviews. His fall from power was nothing short of spectacular, yet still Nixon remains one of the most fascinating and complex political figures of the entire 20th Century. In addition to serving as Nixon's first public appearance since his high profile resignation, these interviews offer candid insight into the mind of the man who stood at the center of American during a particularly turbulent era in our nation's history. Though Nixon's second term in office was cut short following the 1972 break-in at Democratic Party headquarters in Washington, D.C., journalist Frost attempts to get to the bottom of the Watergate scandal by engaging the former Commander in Chief in a candid and penetrating series of interviews.
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Critic Reviews for David Frost Interviews Richard Nixon (Frost/Nixon: The Complete Interviews) (Frost Nixon: Watergate)

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La cinta es un brillante tour de force donde, a pesar de no haber un gramo de acción, la tensión se respira en cada escena; y es que el argumento, inspirado en la entrevista de David Frost a Richard Nixon es tan estresante como la vida misma.

Full Review… | March 11, 2010

It was a cultural landmark and remains a relevant and vital piece of history.

Full Review… | April 27, 2009

Audience Reviews for David Frost Interviews Richard Nixon (Frost/Nixon: The Complete Interviews) (Frost Nixon: Watergate)


David Frost's interview of Richard Nixon is one of the most important interviews ever conducted due to the fact that Frost and Nixon engaged in a battle that would make Nixon admit to his wrongdoings while in office over Watergate. The conversation is enthralling and engaging. Little by little, you see Richard Nixon come out of his shell, and become more uncomfortable when the subject diverts to Watergate. But before that, Frost interview the former President on a variety of subjects. Everything presented here is truly compelling, and is a must watch for those interested in the history of what happened. Near the end of the interview, you see Richard Nixon broken down and defeated as he admits to his abuse of power while in office and how he comes to regret what he has done. This is not meant to take Nixon into Pity as it is clear that he was a crook, and a liar, and a deceiver of the worst kind. This was designed to give the American people an apology, something that Nixon hadn't previously done. For history purposes, this is quite the experience to watch. The interview is famous and it would be the basis for the film Frost/Nixon, which was how they worked on making this interview. The result is impressive and it is a worthwhile viewing, but is mostly for those interested in the subject. If you're curious, give it a watch, it's worth it and it's quite the subject when you see Nixon break down and become a shell of his former self.

Alex roy
Alex roy

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Thank God for David Frost and his ability to document one of the most moving moments in modern American history. How many people hated Nixon? Karma truly is a bitch.

David D
David D

Proof That David Frost Wasn't So Much With the Hard-Hitting I have to admit that I didn't even know these interviews existed until about the time the movie came out. Nixon is not so much my thing, and most of what I know about his presidency comes from old [i]Doonesbury[/i] strips. However, when the DVD of these interviews was released, David Frost himself went on [i]The Daily Show[/i] to talk about it. I think Jon Stewart may well even have thought more of them than Frost did himself. However, I have read two schools of thought on the subject of them. The first is that David Frost asked the Tough Questions and got Nixon to say things he never would have in any other circumstances. The latter of which is true; Nixon was interviewed by anyone, after all, and we never would have heard him say those things had he not been. The other school of thought is that David Frost didn't really know what he was doing, and Nixon talked circles around him. Having watched the interviews for myself, this is the school to which I now subscribe. The circumstances of this are so well known that I don't really need to go into them here. Let us merely say that David Frost offered Richard Nixon a great deal of money to sit down with him and be interviewed. There were two caveats; Richard Nixon would indeed talk about Watergate, and David Frost would mostly ask him about other things. The details of this may be examined in greater detail by watching [i]Frost/Nixon[/i], the fictionalization of the events, though of course I cannot say how historically accurate that movie was. However, the practical outcome is that the two men sat down together (in a house clearly under a flight path) and discussed all manner of events from the Nixon presidency. Not just Watergate, as established. Nixon's beginning of the normalization of relations with China. The Vietnam War. Some to do with Nixon the man, mostly to do with Nixon the President. Two men sitting quietly in a room, which is the reason one of my friends couldn't understand why I'd bother seeing the movie in the theatre. Two men sitting quietly in a room, yes, but sitting quietly in a room talking about world-changing events. The thing is, though, the questions Nixon answered were not reliably the questions Frost asked. Frost seemed unable to take any control whatsoever of the circumstances. In the later parts of the interview, which the movie has told me were conducted days later than the first of it, he is more able to interrupt to try to get Nixon back on topic. It doesn't reliably work, but he is able to try, at least. David Frost was more familiar with puff pieces. He would tell these lengthy stories which, while sometimes interesting at least, were only tangentially related to the question. It is generally considered that Nixon really won the Kennedy debates; the reason Americans thought otherwise is that the watched them on television, and Kennedy understood television in a way Nixon did not. It is clear, watching this, that Nixon learned his lesson in the nearly two decades since. He had also been fencing with the public over the three years directly preceding these interviews to avoid giving away things he didn't want to. The fifth and final segment also shows Nixon telling a story about Martha Mitchell which almost seems to be sacrificing her tragedy for his benefit. And here's the thing I really wanted Frost to pick up--he said, at one point, that he didn't fire a few people who were involved in the burglary and cover-up because they were only suspected, and it would be inappropriate to fire them without real proof. And this infuriated me. Nixon had been involved with McCarthy and the Committee, after all, which was pretty much all about throwing mud until some of it stuck. Even if people weren't shown to have done anything wrong, the very fact of associations they might not have had anything to do with in decades was considered enough to destroy their lives. This contrasted with evidence of actual treason is errant hypocrisy. I admit that Frost, born in Kent, probably had little information about Nixon's role in the Committee, but it still really bothered me. Surely it's the sort of thing he should have gotten as part of his preparation for the interviews. If he didn't, it was irresponsible of him. If he did, it is yet more evidence that Nixon was talking rings around him. If Nixon thought these interviews would salvage his reputation, he was wrong. To this day, he's generally considered a watchword for governmental corruption. No, we don't much talk about Spiro Agnew anymore; Nixon tries to rehabilitate him, too. (In his disbarment, he was declared "morally obtuse.") It does actually come across that he knows more than he is willing to say and lies about what he will talk about. His appeals to logic--pointing out that perjury after the pardon wouldn't be covered by the pardon--come across more as equivocations. The equivalent of Jon Lovitz's "Yeah, that's the ticket!" from [i]Saturday Night Live[/i] some ten or fifteen years after these interviews. In a way, it almost feels as though Nixon is insulting our intelligence. His claims, a lot of them, are so ludicrous that we would ourselves have to be pretty stupid to believe them. It's clear that David Frost doesn't any more than we do, but Nixon pulls the "Will you just let me finish?" gimmick intended to make the audience pity the poor person being harangued by the interviewer. It doesn't often work, and this is no exception.

Edith Nelson
Edith Nelson

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