|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Michael Sheen, Michael Sheen, Rebecca Hall, Toby Jones, Matthew MacFadyen, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt, Oliver Platt, Sam Rockwell, Frank Langella, Frank Langella, Frank Langella|
|Studio:||UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK VIDEO RENTAL|
|Collections:||100 Most Wanted, Top 400 All-Time Rentals|
|Run time:||2 hours 2 minutes|
|Rental release:||18 May 2009|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Oscar winning director Ron Howard brings to the screen the untold historic encounter, of the electrifying battle between Richard Nixon, the disgraced president and David Frost, a jet-setting television personality with a name to make.
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BrilliantBy a customer from Winchester , 18 Jan 2009
[Highly rated reviewer]I wasn't expecting too much from this movie, which depicts events that occurred just outside my political radar as I was too hormonal at the time and so the 'momentousness' of the occasion passed me by. Add to that I have always found 'Frostie' to be smarmy and overrated and the idea of a movie all about an interview seemed to hold out the possibility I was going to fall asleep pretty quickly.
Often low expectations are the best way to see a movie, and I was instantly absorbed by the authentic 70s atmosphere that was created and of the hints at all the political intrigue taking place, with more than a few parallels with the Bush administration. Performances were slightly understated, which turned out to be just the right approach and by the end of the movie I was fully ready to be convinced I was actually watching Frost and Nixon. I have also revised my opinion of Frostie following this, incidentally; flawed he may be but I have a new respect for this achievement at least.
Now I have to watch the original and read everything I can find to fill in the inevitable gaps left by a 2 hr movie, and of course then to watch it again on DVD when it comes out so I can pause it now and then. After I watch it again maybe 5 stars?
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Gripping from beginning to endBy maidokent (3 reviews) , 02 Nov 2013I absolutely loved this film. I don't remember the events as they took place as I had no interest in any politics at the time, and had no pre-conceived ideas about the film. However, I would describe it as 'gripping' from beginning to end. I've put it back on my rental list as I'd like to see it with a more critical eye next time.
great film worth watchingBy Juwles (12 reviews) from York , 16 Jun 2013A great film definately worth the watch. I was a bit too young to appreciate the nixon scandal at the time but this was interesting and informative without the boring bits both sheen and langella are brilliant
Langella for presidentBy DerekA (16 reviews) , 16 May 2013Despite David Frost's fame and Martin Sheen's consummate acting, the star of this film is Frank Langella as Nixon. He dominates every scene he is in (as no doubt Nixon did in real life) and shows how he was indeed a match for 'talk-show host' Frost. As someone who lived through those days, I felt it was a captivating film throughout.
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Fascinating, outstanding, must-see.By Wizward (5 reviews) , 16 Apr 2013Well acted, historically intriguing & riveting from beginning to end. Don't miss this outstanding performance with its insights into this fascinating man/men.
For afficionadosBy JohnEllams (2 reviews) , 17 Mar 2013Not the most exciting or even gripping film I've ever seen, but of interest for Michael Sheen and Frank Langella performances in particular. Must help to have been aware of the whole Watergate saga and the real-life interviews. Bonus scenes are worth watching