Our Nixon (2013)



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Throughout Richard Nixon's presidency, three of his top White House aides obsessively documented their experiences with Super 8 home movie cameras. Young, idealistic and dedicated, they had no idea that a few years later they'd all be in prison. This unique and personal visual record, created by H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman and Dwight Chapin, was seized by the FBI during the Watergate investigation, then filed away and forgotten for almost 40 years. OUR NIXON is an all-archival documentary presenting those home movies for the first time, along with other rare footage, creating an intimate and complex portrait of the Nixon presidency as never seen before. (c) Cinedigm
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A capably done account of a presidential career that was wrecked by a crime that was unnecessary.

Full Review… | October 9, 2013
The New Republic
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The result is maudlin beyond belief, especially Nixon's farewell to the aides he's in the process of firing, but other moments simply register as shockingly out of touch.

September 26, 2013
Seattle Times
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[A] shrewdly edited collection of news footage and "home movies" taken by members of the Nixon White House staff ...

September 16, 2013
New Yorker
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We get to see film of daughter Tricia's wedding (her father is a surprisingly agile ballroom dancer) and other oddities.

Full Review… | September 6, 2013
Christian Science Monitor
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Often plays like a mortifying companion to the Nixon-period sitcom "The Wonder Years."

Full Review… | September 2, 2013
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There has never been an uninteresting angle on Richard Nixon - the man was too twisted - but Penny Lane's documentary sees him from several especially compelling new vantages.

Full Review… | August 30, 2013
New York Magazine/Vulture
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An entertaining film with a unique (if not entirely groundbreaking) perspective on the Nixon White House and Watergate.

Anthony Bencivengo
Anthony Bencivengo

A rather lite but most interesting feature documentary on former American President Richard M. Nixon composed of never-before-seen home movie footage taken by his very young White House staff who were avid fans of the new medium (Super 8 home video). The video captures their Nixon through their camera lens with some rather private and intimate moments the public did not have access to ... and knowing what happened to these avid ideologues and their leader makes the doc all the more fascinating. They videotaped almost everything ... never realizing their own recordings could one day reveal what they were all up to that could come back and ruin their White House careers. H.R. Haldeman was Nixon's Chief of Staff and he helped populate his staff with young do-gooders such as Dwight Chapin and other yes-men like John Ehrlichman who all unfortunately became entangled in a little political scandal known as Watergate. The film captures their idealistic hopes and dreams but also all of their naivety ... and with a 70s vibe and a nearly perfect soundtrack featuring Tracey Ullman's 'They Don't Know About Us', I couldn't help but like this film ... a lot. Docs should educate or spark an interest ... and this one did both plus entertain. Nixon was human and he erred ... and in doing so he gave us this great documentary.

Thomas Williams
Thomas Williams

Fairly neutral documentary on the Nixon years. Somewhat more forgiving of Nixon than other projects have been.

Eric Jenkins
Eric Jenkins

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