|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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reviewed in twenty wordsBy pablocapaldi (81 reviews) , 17 Mar 2013
[Highly rated reviewer]Spectacular acting, to die for cast, fascinating (truly) historic events and Ron Howard steering, maybe no surprise it's fantastic then?
Good if you are interested.By Lucullus (83 reviews) , 12 Feb 2013To be honest, I didn't know what to expect with this movie but I did expect more. The acting is of the highest calibre and the direction is very good but it somehow it just left me cold. I will put it down to the fact that I really don't care about the protagonists and leave it at that. So basically, if you are interested in this period of history I am sure you will find it enthralling. If you are not, well, at least the acting is good.
Whatever happened to David Frost?By davidginsberg (114 reviews) from London , 30 Jan 2013I dont have a massive problem with Ron Howard as a director. He is very good at modern historical pieces like Apollo 13 and The Cinderella Man so I was quite looking forward to Frost/ Nixon especially after seeing the complete hash that Oliver Stone made of Nixon. Here was a very interesting chapter of a fascinating story so should make for an interesting movie. Problem with the film is that interesting source material can only get you so far, you need a good dramatic device to push it the rest of the way. Here Howard goes for a mock documentary mixed with dramatic reconstruction of events which really doesnt work that well. There was enough material here for a straight dramatic reconstruction, the talking heads sequences are really clunky and breaks up the flow. In a way this is a similar story to The Insider but the stakes here are much higher yet you dont always get the tension. Michael Sheen is very good as David Frost investing a vacuous persona with character and grit. You really feel he is a man out of his depth, yet more than just a talk show host. I was less convinced by Langhella as Nixon, he seemed a bit of a caricature, he was playing the media image of Nixon rather than the man himself. I was very surprised that he was nominated ahead of Michael Sheen. All in all probably worth a watch but I think they could have made a much better film than this, I think they were hampered by a script that originated from a play.
Curiously compulsiveBy Aspman (87 reviews) from Scotland , 25 Nov 2012I wasn't sure I'd like this. How interesting can a film about an interview be? Strangely, very interesting. A film about how David Frost, then a light entertainment talk show host, got the most candid interview from the infamous ex-president Richard 'Tricky Dick' Nixon. It shouldn't be riveting but it is; the leads are all 100% into their parts and no other part of the ensemble lets the show down. Complex, tense and very funny in parts it's well worth a watch.
worth a viewBy a customer , 30 Oct 2012This was surprisingly good, at first watch I found it a strange story, but on second and third watch I understood it more and enjoyed it. Nixon and the American government are a strange bunch with questionable motives