|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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A great example of how to make politics compelling and engrossingBy Leggarson (2 reviews) , 04 Sep 2012Building to the series of interviews David Frost held with Richard Nixon in 1977, following Nixon's acrimonious resignation and unbelievable pardon, this film is a careful study of political performance. And you don't need to have a detailed understanding of the politics to be gripped, it's easy to relate to the bewildering and somewhat nauseating power of someone, who despite seemingly being on the wrong side of the truth, can control a discussion or argument with immaculate precision.
Every minute is compelling.
Nixon, played incredibly by Frank Langella, seemingly knows exactly how to defeat his adversary (Nixon framing it in these grandiose terms). He loads benign answers with trivia to cut down on the time left for more pointed questions and seems able to wriggle out of tough spots to emerge as the President earnestly trying to defend decent, hard-working Americans. This is in the face of accusations that he increased bombing in Vietnam leading to masses of casualties, illegally invaded Cambodia and, not least, the Watergate scandal!
Frost, played equally well by Michael Sheen, is also a compelling character, his charisma being another driver of this film. While his team work incredibly hard to try to get their facts right for the interview and workout, through role playing and endless refinement, how to trip Nixon, Frost elegantly continues his own 'glitzy' lifestyle dodging anything too heavy. If the moral significance of the interviews was not enough to phase him then you wonder that he keeps face in relation to the financial jeopardy of the project, as backers start to pull out and no one wants to air the film.
What makes the film intriguing is that there is a fragility about both men. Commentators say that no political journalist or politician could have succeeded to do what Frost eventually managed to do in these interviews. This might be largely down to Frost's own almost a-political stance; he's not tied by party politics and so is nimble enough pull his punches until it matters. This, coupled with the nuances of the interview scenes, the subtle bullying and undermining (Nixon), the attempts at 'polite assertiveness' (Frost), make this a pleasure to watch.
Surprisingly tense...By scaryocean (14 reviews) from Peterborough , 27 Aug 2012I think for most people in the sub 40 age group, it's hard to imagine that the bloke off Through the Keyhole and Frost on Sunday is the same chap that interviewed Nixon at such a crucial time. The movie tells the story brilliantly without the usual dry documentary feel that comes with this kind of film. You really feel for Frost as he bites off more than he can most likely chew and is challenged by everyone, including those most close to him, to pull of the greatest television interview with the world's most notorious man at the time. In the modern day equivalent, this would be like Jonathon Ross personally bank rolling a billion pounds to interview George W Bush with the hope of getting him to admit he regretted declaring war on Iraq. Stellar cast too!
Preconceptions AplentyBy Tish2 (158 reviews) from London , 21 Aug 2012I didnt think Id enjoy Frost/Nixon, as I imagine that any films directed by Ron Howard are overly sentimental, and I was also concerned about the acting of Michael Sheen as the resemblance between Frost and Tony Blair seems particularly striking. I also worried that the transition from stage play to screen may be unsuccessful, but most of all Im not a fan of films about politics and political intrigue.
With all these preconceptions in mind I begrudgingly settled down to watch it and found myself pleasantly surprised. It wasnt overly sentimental, but it wasnt without emotion, and although the actors didnt actually look like Frost or Nixon it didnt really matter as both roles were played with conviction. Likewise there was more to the film than just the interview and some of the subplots, such as whether or not they would be able to obtain financial backing for the project added extra interest.
Although I now know a little more about the Watergate Scandal I dont think Ill be hiring the actual 1977 interview or Oliver Stones Nixon for that matter (unless Im forced to); overall it was an interesting watch, not gruelling in any way and certainly of interest.
David and Goliath DuelBy Seedyvee (205 reviews) from Grantham , 30 Jul 2012Although looking actually more like Brezhenev than Nixon, Frank Lanella gave a tremendously thought-provoking performance of the disgraced American President of 1972 where every inner thought was registered in every facial muscle and eye-twitch. Finally succumbing to the fatal sling-shot of the young unlikely David, Nixon, the giant Goliath of world politics was portayed on balance quite generously as well-meaning rather than truly villainous.
The subject presented made a good sequence of mounting tension where the series of interviews were as good as any 15 rounds of world championship boxing and a true feeling of catharsis was felt at the end where we were left with the touching image of Nixon as the fallen 'hero', lonely and humbled.
Frost/Nixon 2008By simes (240 reviews) from near Gloucester , 18 Jul 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