|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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Let the battle commence - Frost -v- Nixon is a classicBy SusieP (127 reviews) from Leeds , 12 Feb 2012A study in two actors at the top of their game. Michael Sheen is once again brilliant not just in the way he 'becomes' a real-life person he's portraying, with voice and mannerisms, but also in his actual performance in the role. Frank Langella is mesmerising as Richard Nixon, and portrays him with a charm and vulnerability that makes him more sympathetic a character than I expected. I was too young to remember the events portrayed in this film but enjoyed it just for the quality of the acting, the tense build-up to the actual interviews and the excellent actors in supporting roles. Kevin Bacon is great in everything he does, and it's always good to see Matthew McFadyen and Oliver Stone too.
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David Who?By jackquill (8 reviews) , 04 Feb 2012Fabulous - reminiscent of All the President's Men in that not much really happens in terms of action, but you're still riveted due to the impeccable direction, acting and script. Plus, it'll make you realise that David Frost didn't get a knighthood just for doing Look through the keyhole.
Accurate,but slow pacedBy markmaz333 (102 reviews) , 29 Jan 2012Great performances with Michael Sheen again fantastic and Frank Lagella looking and sounding more Nixon like as the film went on.
A little slow in places but became more tense in the last quarter which must have been like the interviews actually played out.
I had no idea (Sir) David Frost had such a playboy image and lifestyle to go with it,but I don't think anybody else would have behaved any other way.
Worth a watch but only if you have a interest in politics at that time(which I did)
Educatingly DullBy ZoeLi (25 reviews) from Cheadle , 24 Jan 2012Plus: accurate, great performances, nicely shot.
Minus: slightly long, slightly slow paced, slightly dull.
Great if you want to find out what happened but Wikipedia might have been a better choice.
Highly / RecommendedBy Robinski (152 reviews) from Glasgow , 29 Dec 2011Not an obvious subject for a thrilling drama perhaps, but Ron Howard conjures a taught and glamorous piece of cinema from Peter Morgans excellent screenplay. Frank Langella and Michael Sheen are on top form with strong support from Kevin Bacon, Sam Rockwell, Matthew Macfadyen and Oliver Platt. The dialog zips out of the speakers and pushes the whole thing forward, celebrating the debating skills of both men, their sparking charisma and the cut-and-thrust of duelling egos. Because it centres on the aftermath, Frost / Nixon does not have the intrigue of All The Presidents Men or the scope of JFK in which the stakes are much higher, but it is nonetheless enthralling and to be highly recommended, a must-see if you have not already.