Frost/Nixon

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Frost/Nixon is weighty and eloquent; a cross between a boxing match and a ballet with Oscar worthy performances.

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In 1977, three years after the Watergate scandal that ended his presidency, Richard Nixon (Frank Langella) selects British TV personality David Frost (Michael Sheen) to conduct a one-on-one, exclusive interview. Though Nixon believes it will be easy to mislead Frost, and the latter's own team doubts that he can stand up to the former president, what actually unfolds is an unexpectedly candid and revealing interview before the court of public opinion.

Cast & Crew

Frank Langella
Richard Nixon
Michael Sheen
David Frost
Kevin Bacon
Jack Brennan
Rebecca Hall
Caroline Cushing
Toby Jones
Swifty Lazar
Oliver Platt
Bob Zelnick
Sam Rockwell
James Reston Jr.
Andy Miller
Frank Gannon
Peter Morgan
Screenwriter
Tim Bevan
Producer
Hans Zimmer
Original Music
Peter Morgan
Executive Producer
Matthew Byam-Shaw
Executive Producer
Karen Kehela Sherwood
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Critic Reviews for Frost/Nixon

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  • In its glib and reductionist way, it works like a charm. Or better yet, like television. Which, finally, is a compliment.

    October 28, 2014 | Full Review…

    Tom Charity

    CNN.com
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  • You never feel like you're watching a play on film: The way Morgan has opened up the proceedings in his screenplay feels organic under the direction of Ron Howard, who has crafted his finest film yet, and one of the year's best.

    October 28, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Nixon is infinitely more complex than George W. Bush, which is probably why this one slice of his life is more intriguing than "W," which covers decades.

    February 8, 2009 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The outcome isn't half as conflicted as you might imagine, though it's hard to argue that Howard brings anything new to Morgan's play.

    January 23, 2009 | Rating: 4/6 | Full Review…

    Dave Calhoun

    Time Out
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  • It sounds like an awful night out in the cinema. But you will be amazed. In Frost/Nixon Ron Howard turns this duel between Michael Sheen's glossy playboy and Frank Langella's shifty ex-President into a gripping tango of egos.

    January 23, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • I found myself disconcerted and underwhelmed by a hugely anticipated movie. It never quite escapes its stage origins, and under a glitzy surface of period stylings doesn't seem to have much to say.

    January 23, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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  • Apr 15, 2014
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  • Sep 03, 2013
    I write this note upon hearing of David Frost's death. I knew of Frost as a respected interviewer and was unaware of his tabloid like beginnings until I saw this film. Langella and Sheen are two of the most talented actors on the planet and they succeed in breathing life into these characters which results in a good impact.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 17, 2013
    NIce piece of history and a powerful performance by Langella portraying Dick Nixon
    Spencer M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2012
    When watching films based on true events, my propensity for doubting what I see on screen is instantly heightened. The main thing that I found suspect was the extent to which Nixon was constructed as a villain. During the film he is shown to be deceptive, racist, lecherous and a man unashamedly motivated by money. The film does add favourable depth to the character in places, making the viewer pity him in some respects, but generally Nixon doesn't fare well at all. I don't know enough about the man to accurately comment on the film's portrayal of him, however I did find the characterisation somewhat dubious. Furthermore, upon researching the interviews, I read that David Frost's experience was different to what's seen in the film. According to his partner Caroline Cushing, he didn't fret endlessly over his performances with Nixon, he was quite content with each of the interviews. So, like many films 'inspired by true events', the film takes liberties with the facts. However this doesn't matter to the viewer, the artistic licence makes for a great piece of dramatisation. The film is quite a gruelling experience; the pressure in and out of the interviews is intense. For a film that concerns conversations, it is quite remarkable how compelling and uncomfortable it is. The wars of words and mind games are more engrossing than any boxing match in 'Raging Bull' or 'The Fighter'. The film's chief merit lies in its performances. Martin Sheen sounds and even looks exactly like David Frost, it is quite uncanny. And whilst not meeting the likeliness achieved by Sheen, Frank Langella is equally as captivating as Nixon. Also, Kevin Bacon gives a good, typical Kevin Bacon performance as Jack Brennan, the officious aide to the President. Frost/Nixon is a taut, entertaining dramatisation with strong performances and an accomplished period aura.
    Jack H Super Reviewer

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