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Much like its subject's time in office, Nixon might have ended sooner -- but what remains is an engrossing, well-acted look at the rise and fall of a fascinating political figure.



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This big-budget, three-hour film chronicles the political life of one our country's most controversial presidents. Although Nixon disgraced himself with his involvement in the Watergate scandals, he was part of some of the latter 20th century's most important events, and this film presents a complex portrait of a complicated man.


Joan Allen
as Pat Nixon
Anthony Hopkins
as President Richard M. Nixon
Powers Boothe
as Alexander M. Haig
Ed Harris
as E. Howard Hunt
Bob Hoskins
as J. Edgar Hoover
E.G. Marshall
as John N. Mitchell
David Paymer
as Ron Ziegler
Paul Sorvino
as Henry Kissinger
Mary Steenburgen
as Hannah Nixon
J.T. Walsh
as John Ehrlichman
James Woods
as H.R. Haldeman
Brian Bedford
as Clyde Tolson
Kevin Dunn
as Charles Colson
Fyvush Finkel
as Murray Chotiner
Annabeth Gish
as Julie Nixon
Tony Goldwyn
as Harold Nixon
Larry Hagman
as `Jack Jones'
Edward Herrmann
as Nelson Rockefeller
Madeline Kahn
as Martha Mitchell
Saul Rubinek
as Herb Klein
Tony Lo Bianco
as Johnny Roselli
Corey Carrier
as Richard Nixon at 12
Tom Bower
as Frank Nixon
David Barry Gray
as Richard Nixon at 19
Tony Plana
as Manolo Sanchez
Dan Hedaya
as Trini Cardoza
John Diehl
as Gordon Liddy
Robert Beltran
as Frank Sturgis
Lenny Vullo
as Bernard Barker
Ronald Von Klaussen
as James Mccord
Kamar de los Reyes
as Eugenio Martinez
Enrique J. Castillo
as Virgilio Gonzales
Victor Rivers
as Cuban Plumber
Drew Snyder
as Moderator
Sean Stone
as Donald Nixon
Joshua Preston
as Arthur Nixon
Ian Calip
as Football Player
Jack Wallace
as Football Coach
Julie Condra
as Young Pat Nixon
Annette Helde
as Happy Rockefeller
Howard Platt
as Lawyer At Party
Mike Kennedy
as Convention Announcer
Harry Murphy
as Fan No. 1
Pamela Dickerson
as Girlfriend
O'Neal Compton
as Texas Man
Chuck Preiffer
as Secret Service Agent #2
Christian Renna
as Family Doctor
Michael Chiklis
as Tv Director
Wilson Cruz
as Joaquin
James Pickens Jr.
as Black Orator
Mikey Stone
as Edward Nixon
Robert Marshall
as Spiro Agnew
Marley Shelton
as Tricia Nixon
James Karen
as Bill Rogers
Richard Fancy
as Mel Laird
Peter Carlin
as Student No. 1
Joanna Going
as Young Student
Michelle Krusiec
as Student No. 2
Wass Stevens
as Protester
Oliver Stone
as Voice-over during credits [uncredited]
Tom Nicoletti
as Secret Service Agent No. 1
Chuck Pfeiffer
as Secret Service Agent No. 2
Alex Butterfield
as White House Staffer
Mark Steins
as White House Security
Ric Young
as Mao Tse-Tung
Bai Ling
as Chinese Interpreter
Peter P. Starson Jr.
as Air Force One Steward
Jon Tenney
as Reporter No. 1
Julie Araskog
as Reporter No. 2
Ray Wills
as Reporter No. 3
John Bellucci
as Reporter No. 4
Zoey Zimmerman
as Reporter No. 5
Mary Rudolph
as Rosemary Woods
Clayton Townsend
as Floor Manager No. 1
Donna Dixon
as Maureen Dean
John Stockwell
as Staffer No. 1
Charlie Haugk
as Staffer No. 2
Boris Sichkin
as Leonid Brezhnev
Fima Noveck
as Andre Gromyko
Raissa Danilova
as Russian Interpreter
Bill Bolender
as Bethesda Doctor
Melinda Ramos Renna
as Bethesda Nurse
George Plimpton
as President's Lawyer
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  • Aug 16, 2014
    "They look at you and they see what they want to be. They look at me and they see what they are." Fascinating, absorbing, penetrating, tragic, and brilliantly rendered, Oliver Stone's Nixon is a mesmerizing film. The film is a non-linear retelling of Nixon's life, centering on his final year in office. Through flashbacks we see how his tumultuous life, full of successes and failures, shaped his character, and defined his political career. It's an interpretation of history, certainly, but one that feels all too real. The success of Nixon hinges largely on the central performance by Anthony Hopkins. His portrayal is nothing sort of masterful, embodying a man with a tortured soul. His Nixon is isolated, conflicted, insecure, paranoid, and yet ambitious and capable of enormous resilience. Through this performance, we fully realize the inner turmoil, feel the heartbreak of his upbringing, and begin to understand an incredibly complicated man. His constant ruminations on death, his obsession of living in JFK's shadow, all of this is true to the time. Intimately familiar with the inner workings of the intelligence establishment and the military industrial complex, we understand his paranoia, with its overt overtones to the Kennedy assassination and a sort of secret government behind the scenes. As history, Stone's Nixon seems to largely hold up. Like his brilliant JFK, there are composite scenes and characters, yet the researched nature of the film is clear. Nixon was flawed, of course, but also audacious in his maneuvers. The result is a tenure that yielded countless blunders, yet also a number of notable achievements. The allusions to the "bay of pigs" thing is most certainly a callback to the JFK assassination, with Nixon obviously knowing much more about the events of that tragic day. As Roger Stone's work, Nixon's Secret details, this was the basis of his later pardon. The treatment of Watergate, however, does seem to have some flaws. While it shows Nixon as aware yet in-over-his head, with an inclination toward abuse of power, Stone fails to see the larger reality that Watergate was undoubtedly a sort of set-up of Nixon, a deliberately botched scheme to bring him down. Ultimately, though, it was the cover-up that brought Nixon down, not the act. The direction by Stone keeps the film, at 3.5 hours, always engaging and energetically paced. His choices for casting are brilliant, and the script is intelligently written and nuanced. The flashbacks and constant changes of camera angles, a hallmark of Stone films, does occasionally get overdone, yet this is done for a purpose, as if to convey Nixon's frantic inner-self, never at ease with his situation, himself, or those around him. Overall, it's a thrilling look at one of the most prominent and interesting political personalities of the 20th century. 4.5/5 Stars
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 23, 2014
    A middling film. The great Hopkins cannot rise above making Nixon a character. Not everyone can be Frank Langella I suppose.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 19, 2014
    Oliver Stone's powerful docudrama Nixon is a fascinating portray of one of the most influential political figures of the 20th century. Set amidst the backdrop of the Watergate Hearings, the film explores the career of Richard Nixon through flashbacks as he struggles to come to terms with his political fall. The writing is especially good, and does an extraordinary job at giving a sense of who Nixon was and how he was changed by the political machine. Stone's directing is also exceptional, especially in how he's able to transition through the nonlinear narrative and progress the tone of the film. Additionally, the casting is outstanding, and includes Anthony Hopkins, James Woods, Joan Allen, Ed Harris, Powers Boothe, and Mary Steenburgen. Hopkins in particular gives a phenomenal performance that really humanizes Richard Nixon and gets beneath the stereotypical caricature that Nixon is often depicted as. A tragic tale of the corrupting power of political ambition, Nixon is incredibly compelling.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 31, 2013
    A complex, mesmerizing look at the life and presidential career of the much maligned Richard Nixon (Anthony Hopkins), including his working class upbringing, his devastating loss to Kennedy in his first presidential race, and ultimately how the Watergate scandal destroyed his career and the successes he had while in office. Hopkins is absolutely phenomenal in one of his most subtlety brilliant performances, as his body language, facial expressions, and how he delivers his dialogue fully demonstrate the many insecurities Nixon had about himself and his legacy, as well as his desire to be as loved as Kennedy was. Director Oliver Stone adds his share of controversy to the story, but states in the beginning of the film that this is a dramatic interpretation of the life of Nixon, and in terms of how the film is constructed as a drama and not a historical biography, it accomplishes its job more than well. The acting all around (especially Joan Allen as Pat Nixon) is outstanding, and while the film does lose a little steam near its conclusion, it remains undeniably arresting throughout its entirety.
    Dan S Super Reviewer

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