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Frost/Nixon (2008)

Frank Langella , Michael Sheen  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: April 21, 2009
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001TH92N4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,365 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Frost/Nixon" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Making of Frost/Nixon
  • The Real Interview
  • The Nixon Library
  • Feature Commentary with Director Ron Howard

  • Editorial Reviews

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    Sounds like a good match: a historical drama from the author of The Queen, but with an American subject in the generational wheelhouse of director Ron Howard. And so Peter Morgan's Tony-winning play morphs into a Hollywood movie under the wing of the Apollo 13 guy. Morgan's subject is a curious moment of post-Watergate shakeout: British TV host David Frost's long-form interviews with ex-President Richard Nixon, conducted in 1977. It was a big ratings success at the time, justifying the somewhat controversial decision to cut an enormous check for Nixon's services. The movie adds a mockumentary note to the otherwise straightforward style, having direct-to-camera addresses from various aides to Frost and Nixon (played by the likes of Oliver Platt, Sam Rockwell, and Kevin Bacon); these basically tell us things we already glean from the rest of the movie, adding unnecessary melodrama and upping the stakes. In this curious scheme, the success of Frost's career, which could bellyflop if he doesn't get something worthwhile out of the cagey, long-winded Nixon, is given somewhat more weight than the actual revelations of the interviews. Even with these questionable storytelling decisions, there's still the spectacle of two actors going at it hammer and tongs, and on that level the movie offers some heat. Michael Sheen, who played Tony Blair not only in The Queen but also in another Morgan-scripted project, The Deal, is adept at catching David Frost's blow-dried charm, as well as the determination beneath it. Frank Langella's physical performance as Nixon is superb, and he certainly can be a commanding actor, though veteran Nixon-watchers might find that he misses a certain depth of self-pity in the man. Both actors were retained from the original stage production, a rare thing in Hollywood--and probably Howard's best decision of the project. --Robert Horton

    Product Description

    From Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard comes the electrifying, untold story behind one of the most unforgettable moments in history. When disgraced President Richard Nixon agreed to an interview with jet-setting television personality, David Frost, he thought he’d found the key to saving his tarnished legacy. But, with a name to make and a reputation to overcome, Frost became one of Nixon’s most formidable adversaries and engaged the leader in a charged battle of wits that changed the face of politics forever. Featuring brilliant portrayals by Frank Langella and Michael Sheen, Frost/Nixon is the fascinating and suspenseful story of truth, accountability, secrets and lies.

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    43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
    Format:DVD
    "Frost/Nixon is a riveting historical drama, based on the play by Peter Morgan. Morgan wrote the movie's screenplay, as well as screenplays for "The Queen," and "The Last King of Scotland." The controversial 1977 Frost/Nixon interviews are dramatized here, and Frank Langella's superb performance as the disgraced former president, Richard M. Nixon, is worth the price of a movie rental alone.

    Richard Nixon resigned from the office of the presidency on August 9, 1974, rather than face impeachment by Congress for his role in the Watergate scandal, and subsequent events. He was the only US president ever to do so. The film shows real footage of the Nixon family, leaving the White House and boarding a helicopter - the first step in a journey which will take Mr. Nixon into exile.

    David Frost, (Michael Sheen), a British celebrity talk show host, watches this event on television and decides that an interview with Nixon would be just the thing to relaunch his waning career. He pursues the project for some time and winds up financing it out of his own pocket, while searching desperately for backers. Creepy literary agent Irving "Swifty" Lazar, (Toby Jones), negotiates the deal. Nixon agrees to do more than 20 hours of on-camera interviews with Frost, and will receive $1 million or more in fees and profits for the sessions. He is in serious debt. He has huge legal bills and back taxes to pay and needs the money. Under the terms of the contract, Nixon will have no control over content of questions or editing, and will not see any of the questions in advance. Of course, he can always refuse to answer questions, but he will have to do so in front of a huge audience.
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    42 of 49 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Near Perfect Filmmaking February 28, 2009
    Format:DVD
    After the Watergate scandal and his subsequent resignation, Richard Nixon (Frank Langella) is living in relative seclusion back in California. But, following a lucrative interview offer from British talk show host David Frost (Michael Sheen), Nixon sees an opportunity not only to make some easy money but to return himself to the public spotlight. Meanwhile Frost, best known for chatting with celebrity lightweights, views this as a chance to gain fame and respectability as a journalist in America.

    Frost is encouraged by his research aides to go hard after Nixon. But instead Frost throws softballs for the first three interview segments and is easily overwhelmed by his more experienced adversary. Then, on the night before the final interview, Frost receives a strange phone call from Nixon, who basically goes off on a drunken rant. Frost, smelling blood, decides to take a more aggressive approach and on the final day Nixon ends up making humiliating admissions about his role in the Watergate cover-up, perhaps cementing his tarnished legacy in American politics.

    How much you enjoy this movie will probably depend on how much interest you have in the subject matter. But there is no doubt that this is one of those rare motion pictures that reaches near perfection in terms of filmmaking. The acting, especially by Langella, is superb and the sense of dramatic timing is impeccable. The small details were also well handled, such as film's spot on depiction of the 70's and Nixon's bizarre fascination with Frost's Italian leather shoes. This is probably the best directorial outing in Ron Howard's career. Highly recommended.
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    18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Incisive Look Into Frost/Nixon Interviews April 23, 2009
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    Ron Howard's Frost/Nixon focuses on the period after Richard Nixon resigned from the Presidency, and leading up to the Frost Nixon interview. The movie starts off with the world's and Frost's fascination with Nixon's resignation and the lengths he went to secure Nixon as an interview subject. Frost bet not only his career on the interviews but his life as well. He put all his assets on the line, and borrowed from all his friends to pay the $600,000 Nixon (and his agents) asked for.

    Part of Frosts preparation for the interviews was to hire researchers for background on Nixon and to formulate the questions asked during the interviews. The researchers, played by Oliver Platt and Sam Rockwell add not only some comic relief, but provide a behind the scenes look at the pressure they were under and exerted on Frost to, not just interview Nixon but to push him and ask the hard questions, to at least try for some accountability from Nixon, which of course resulted in Nixon blurting out that if the President does something it makes it legal.

    From Nixon's point of view we're shown his isolation, even when he's surrounded by aides, family, friends and supporters. We're also given a window into Nixon's insecurities with a drunken phone call to Frost, and Nixon rails on about the injustices and perceived slights he suffered throughout his life at the hands of others. Nixon also tried to get the psychological edge on Frost by asking off-kilter questions right before taping would begin, such as asking Frost if he had fornicated the night before, which was a famously well known anecdote at the time.

    When I first saw the previews of Frost/Nixon I cringed when I saw Frank Langella as Nixon because it looked like a caricature. But that was before seeing the movie.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great casting and well made!
    This is an excellent movie with a great cast. Truly enjoyed this!
    Published 6 days ago by Dorothy Jane McElhiney
    5.0 out of 5 stars Informative movie
    Frank Langela is an effective actor especially in this movie. Frost Nixon is informative too.
    Published 16 days ago by BIENVENIDA LAGRAZON
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    good movie
    Published 17 days ago by Mildred D Harig
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Filmaking
    One of Ron Howards best films to date.....Being a lover of anything history, this is a great film and I had to have it in my collection..... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Joshua W
    5.0 out of 5 stars "...A Worthy Opponent..." - Frost/Nixon on BLU RAY
    The first time I realized that Michael Sheen was going to be a great actor rather than a good one - was when I watched Ron Howard's superb 2008 film "Frost/Nixon" (nominated for 5... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Mark Barry
    3.0 out of 5 stars A piece of drama that pretends to be the truth
    The worst thing about this movie is the portrayal of Nixon as a sympatric character which he never was and this is followed by the assertion that the interviews were a great... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Julius Weber
    4.0 out of 5 stars Interview with the former President
    Tells the story of David Frost and the interviews he had with former President Richard Nixon. When Nixon says he did what he did because he was the President, Frost can only shake... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by ellison
    3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
    Bought this for my husband for Christmas. He was very happy with it. He enjoys documentary style movies about presidents/politics, so he enjoyed it.
    Published 4 months ago by BramawRed
    5.0 out of 5 stars Essential History
    One of my absolute favorite documentaries, this one should be watched by every high school student taking a U.S. History class, without exception. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Jason Goetz
    4.0 out of 5 stars waiting around for a brilliant 10 minutes
    If you are familiar with the background, you may be impatient. I felt I was waiting quite a while for the ten minutes of brilliance. Read more
    Published 9 months ago by Paul Viney
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