Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Frost/Nixon (2008)

Director: Ron Howard

Writer: Peter Morgan

Composer: Hans Zimmer

Starring: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Sam Rockwell, Kevin Bacon, Matthew Macfadyen, Oliver Playy, Rebecca Hall, Toby Jones, Andy Milder, Kate Jennings Grant, Clint Howard, Rance Howard

More info: IMDb

Tagline: 400 million people were waiting for the truth.

Plot: A dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon.

My rating: 8/10

Will I watch it again? Probably not.

What an interesting film. Having been a kid when the actual events were going on, I was oblivious to them, I never saw the Frost broadcasts and I never knew how they ended so this film had some surprises in store for me.  If you don't know how it ends then refrain from learning about it until after you see the film.  It goes a long way into helping build the suspense.  I don't know how accurate this picture is but everyone involved did a fine job in crafting a very suspenseful and entertaining flick.  The two titular leads reprised their stage roles and they both do a magnificent job.  The final broadcast, as depicted in the movie, is interesting as hell and I was hooked.  I watched the making of featurette (23 minutes) after I was done with the film which made it that much more intriguing.  The other extras on the Universal DVD include a commentary with Howard, some deleted scenes (23 minutes worth), 7 minutes of excerpts from the real interview and a 6 minute piece on the Nixon Presidential Library Museum.  The extras are good and they certainly whetted my appetite to watch the original interview in its entirety.  It's just one more facet of an incredibly dark time in American presidential history.

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