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Nixon - Collector's Edition (1995)

Anthony Hopkins , Joan Allen , Oliver Stone  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Anthony Hopkins, Joan Allen, Powers Boothe, Ed Harris, Bob Hoskins
  • Directors: Oliver Stone
  • Writers: Oliver Stone, Christopher Wilkinson, Stephen J. Rivele
  • Producers: Andrew G. Vajna, Clayton Townsend, Dan Halsted, Eric Hamburg
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Collector's Edition, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Russian
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 12, 2002
  • Run Time: 192 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000063V8K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,699 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Nixon - Collector's Edition" on IMDb

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Anthony Hopkins electrifies the screen in NIXON -- the acclaimed hit from controversial director Oliver Stone. Nominated for 4 Academy Awards(R), NIXON takes a riveting look at a complex man whose chance of greatness was ultimately destroyed by his passion for power -- when his involvement in conspiracy jeopardized the nation's security and the presidency of the United States! With a phenomenal all-star cast, featuring Ed Harris, James Woods, and Joan Allen, NIXON is powerful motion picture entertainment you won't want to miss! Also included: exclusive never-before-seen footage, plus an Oliver Stone interview!

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77 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing and engrossing November 8, 2004
Format:DVD
When Anthony Hopkins was cast as Richard Nixon in Oliver Stone's bio of the 37th President, many were leery of the casting choice. I myself pictured Hopkins doing a combination of Nixon and Hannibal Lecter: "I'm not a crook -- and if anyone thinks so, I'll eat their liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti .... SLURP!!" However, Hopkins does do a marvelous job and disappears into the role without becoming a standup comedian's caricature. Even though Nixon does and says vile things throughout the film, the audience still has sympathy for the character -- even those like me who found the real Richard Nixon dispicable.

Stone portrays Nixon as a tragic figure who had the intelligence and the electoral mandate to elevate himself and his administration to greatness, but let it all slip away by becoming bogged down in the quagmire of Watergate. Nixon complains incessantly about how the Kennedys are everything he is not. However, it becomes clear that his hatred of the Kennedys is based as much on his loathing of himself as on any real scorn shown him by the "Eastern establishment."

Stone, as in JFK, takes certain liberties with Nixon's story and acknowledges as much in a disclaimer before the story begins. Even those who believe President Kennedy was assassinated as the result of a conspiracy, for example, would find it hard to believe that Richard Nixon was involved, even tacitly, in the plot to kill JFK. Stone also takes liberties with his portrayal of Richard and Pat Nixon's marital relationship. Even though some incidents are no doubt true, it's pretty clear that some scenes between the two are conjecture on Stone's part.

However, these are minor quibbles.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The American equivalent of a Greek tragedy July 31, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
What infuriates all those apologists and fanatical supporters of Richard Nixon out there is that Oliver Stone supposedly has an axe to grind about their man by making a film like NIXON. They assumed a lot, but didn't even bother to see the film.
The truth is that NIXON is much more even-handed in its portrayal of the 37th President of the United States than I thought it could be. Anthony Hopkins gives a reasonably fair portrayal of Nixon, and Joan Allen is tremendous as his wife Pat. Although Stone's penchant for conspiracy does get the better of him at times, he sees Nixon as more a tragic victim than as an evil power-monger, a vision that is closer to the truth than what Nixon's enemies made him out to be in reality.
Stone wisely does not gloss over the simple facts about the man. Nixon was indisputably a great and cagey anticommunist politician who managed to split the Sino-Soviet communist alliance in two and thus promote stability in the Cold War world for years to come. But he left a lot to be desired as a human being, being paranoid, distrustful, deceitful, and, in the end, blatantly dishonest. In that sense, the saga of Richard Nixon ranks as the American equivalent of a Greek tragedy: so much explosive potential destroyed by scandal.
As in JFK, Stone has assembled a massive cast of people: Ed Harris, Bob Hoskins, J.T. Walsh, and James Woods, just to name a few. Despite its few faults, NIXON is a fair portrait of perhaps the most frustrating and complicated man ever to reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "This is god-damned Disneyland...." December 25, 1999
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Format:DVD
Oliver Stone's fascinating insight into the Nixon administration is not for everyone's delight. The closest thing to a "JFK" sequal, 'Nixon' rolls all the players into a ball of naughtiness & takes it from there. Hard to keep up with if un-familiar with the facts surrounding the 'watergate-scandal', but if you know your homework it's alot of fun. Superb casting,I must say, Stone started this epic right after "Natural Born Killers" so it has all the internal flare of film-making. Immense enjoyment on DVD, this film IS very under-rated,losing 'Best Picture' oscar to Mel Gibson's "Braveheart"... you can see how not everybody wants this film around in the long-run. Thumbs up!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Oliver Stone's Richard the Third November 29, 2004
Format:DVD
Oliver Stone's "Nixon" isn't really the cinematic biography of American Commander-in-Chief and Paranoid Extraordinaire Richard M. Nixon, but more like a latter day "Richard III". Stone need only have given the ogrish Nixon (played fascinating and disturbingly by the gifted Anthony Hopkins) a hunchback and had him kill a few kids in the Tower of London to have completed the deal.

I am a big Nixon fan, if only for his strangeness, for his political eccentricity in a political system where only the bland, the smiling, the sound-biteable, the contempibly predictable is rewarded. Nixon, to me, has always seemed like an anachronistic creation of pure will, a force of random Brownian motion, a misunderstood Machiavellian demon, hopelessly paranoid, unmistakably brilliant, brutally deformed, unequivocally human, a misshapen creature.

Stone turns that on its head, and suggests that at worst Nixon may just have been naive. Driven, yes. Ambitious, yes. Duplicitous, only when it suited him. But naive. And that, truly, is the fascination with this lavish little probe into the mind and madness that was Richard Nixon, and the insanity that was the America he helmed. Oliver Stone's "Nixon" is flawed, oddly talky, features an impossibly gorgeous Joan Allen as the impossibly dowdy Pat Nixon. But with all that against it, it is compulsive. It is fascinating. It kept me up all night, for all 212 of its minutes (get the Director's cut). Can more be said?

Perhaps. Stone, who helmed "Natural Born Killers" and "Wall Street" and "JFK", is incapable of making a bad moviek, and "Nixon" is no exception.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Controversial movie about a complicated person.
Published 10 days ago by D. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An excellent production as well as a super fine preformance by Hopkins.
Published 10 days ago by Carter E. Seymour
5.0 out of 5 stars Historically ACCURATE
Right down to the ashtray. ACCURATE. What a shame. Nixon was one of the best Presidents of modern times for many reasons.
Published 1 month ago by B. Trujillo
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine job by Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins does a fine job of Nixon and this movie is a tribute to him. Otherwise it is not a great film and tries to be historically accurate and trace some childhood reasons... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Julius Weber
1.0 out of 5 stars You won't have Nixon to kick around anymore
I found this movie to be gratuitously mean spirited towards the memory of Nixon. I never felt Anthony Hopkins really captured the persona of Nixon from what I've watched in old... Read more
Published 1 month ago by William Edwards
1.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs Way Down.
I remember the Nixon presidency, the hearings and aftermath. The movie spends WAY too much time on insipid conversations between Nixon and his wife, Pat. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sky Lark
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but way too long!
Anthony Hopkins is convincing and exacting in his portrayal of Nixon, and the supporting cast is excellent, as well. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Zoe Ann K. Greenlee
3.0 out of 5 stars A British Nixon
Reports say Hopkins had misgivings..he should have stuck to his gut. His performance doesn't fit. However their are plenty of good performances. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rick
4.0 out of 5 stars Epic movie
Remember Oliver Stone also made the movie JFK. The movie JFK and Nixon go hand in hand for understanding the events of the 1960s. This is truly a great movie.
Published 3 months ago by PondDog
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece
One of Stone's best films, NIXON is an impressive and mostly sympathetic look at one of America's most fascinating Presidents. Read more
Published 3 months ago by TLR
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