The Assassination Of Richard Nixon details
|Starring:||Jack Thompson, Mykelti Williamson, Sean Penn, Don Cheadle, Michael Wincott, Naomi Watts|
The Assassination Of Richard Nixon
|Run time:||1 hour 31 minutes|
|Rental release:||08 Aug 2005|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Sean Penn portrays the true story of embittered Sam Bicke who plots to assassinate the President...
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Assassination of Richard NixonBy ElNut from London , 24 Aug 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]Excellent - highly recommended. Emotive, heartfelt, desperately sad and utterly convincing, this film sees Sean Penn turn in the performance of his career.
This may have been said countless times about an actor who continues to turn in 'worthy' performances (whilst keeping a keen eye on the Oscar nominations), but in this case it really is true. The subject may be gloomy - a lonely man's descent into depression, and ultimately madness - but this drives the film's message through with incredible force. A truly amazing piece of work.
Not to be missed.
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The Assasination of Richard NixonBy a customer from St Leonards-on-sea , 02 Nov 2008Great film., great performances, Very Sad, its similar to Taxi Driver in nature.
Strangley unmissableBy a customer from Swindon , 22 Oct 2008I watched this thinking it was a run of the mill historical farce, this film although not a big hit was a compelling watch and tells a story of the little man finding the disadvantages and staleness of the now western government. You see him slowly go mad and it tells the story very well
A tough, but rewarding watchBy FutureMan (48 reviews) from London , 24 Sep 2008Make no doubt about it, this film is a very tough watch. And the reason I say that is mainly because of the unrelenting sadness that endures throughout the film. Sean Penn's character is so desperately lonely and misguided that you're not quite sure how to feel about him. On the one side he's a real weirdo, but he's also trying really desperately hard to get his family back and make something of himself. It just carries an overall tone of utter sadness and desperation. But all this said, Sean Penn is fantastic, turning in an utterly realistic and heartbreaking performance. You could say that he has shades of Travis Bickle in him, but this film never really achieves the level of Taxi Driver. A very good film nonetheless, with a fantastic central performance, but a very hard watch.
Side affects may include suicide!By Carsey (89 reviews) from Wisbech , 20 Sep 2008This film should come with a health warning 'if you are currently going through a divorce, councilling, have problems at work or are financiallly unstable DO NOT WATCH THIS MOVIE' it will certainly make you slouch around for the rest of the day wondering if anything at all in life is worth it?
Sean Penn plays Sam Bicke, who when we meet him is currently on a mission, what that mission is kind of gives it away in the film title but how he got there is the basis of the film. We go back 3 years in to Sams past and we now see him at a time when his life is slowly becoming a bomb ticking away untill that fatal explosion. He has a wife and 3 kids but is having a 'seperation period' with his family, he also has a job as a Office furniture salesman, but is being manipulated and bullied into how he sells the products and a best friend (Don Cheadle) who seems to accept him because Sam causes no threat to him at all even with the fact that he is black.
Sean Penn plays Sam as a character that you instantly feel sorry for, the only hint of why his marriage has failed is because he has 'no life' as quoted by his wife. He is pining for her and cant see the fact that he is destined to be single.
The film then plays out as guide on how to have a nervous breakdown, what can go wrong does go wrong, and all is blamed on American politics lead by Mr Richard Nixon.
It is then just a matter of when, how and where Sam will explode, but like the rest of Sams life his final stand is as poorly planned and thought about as his sales methods.
This film will not appeal to everybody, Sean Penn plays his character excellently and unlike his previous films he comes across like a ageing dog that needs putting down to save anymore pain and distress, but the film is very good and achieves affecting the exact emotions that it affecting Sam. It is slow paced and a slight anticlimax which has knocked a star off in my point of view but still well worth a look.
The film is purely aimed at a patient adult audience who understands general life, then you will really appreciate the full punch of the movie.
Believable acting?By Zamy (552 reviews) from London , 12 Sep 2008This film hangs on the acting performance of Sean Penn. He has to be believable and consistently so in every scene. He gets pretty high marks from me portraying a man descending into mental illness. He has an interesting face and looks as if he is always about to burst into tears. Funny stuff acting, though, and there are probably lots of you out there who would be less than impressed. I would have liked to know a bit more about why his marriage had moved into separation and it was a bit adrift that there seemed to be no proper access to children arrangements in place. The performance of his salesman boss was chilling, I thought, and confirmed me in my view that salesmen are often dodgy individuals. An interesting thought is that American capitalism has been largely build on the efforts of such men, no doubt with many casualties along the way.