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Our Nixon (2013)

Dwight Chapin , John Ehrlichman , Penny Lane  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dwight Chapin, John Ehrlichman, H.R. Haldeman
  • Directors: Penny Lane
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: DOCURAMA
  • DVD Release Date: January 14, 2014
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00FGVRZFQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,714 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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After two hours, Nixon remains a riveting enigma. --The New York Times

. . . a uniquely dynamic time capsule. --Philadelphia Inquirer

[S]urprising and artistically keen…eerie and beautiful. --The Washington Post

Product Description

Throughout Richard Nixon s presidency, three of his top White House aides documented their experiences with Super 8 home movie cameras. Young, idealistic and dedicated, they had no idea that a few years later they d all be at the center of a history-making impeachment scandal. This unique and personal visual record, created by H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman and Dwight Chapin, was seized by the FBI during the Watergate investigation, then filed away and forgotten for almost 40 years. OUR NIXON is an all-archival documentary presenting those home movies for the first time, along with other rare footage, creating an intimate and complex portrait of the Nixon presidency as never seen before.

Special Features:

OVER AN HOUR OF BONUS FEATURES: Travels With Nixon ; Nixon and Friends ; Who s Who Subtitle Track


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful historical archive January 14, 2014
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We learned over forty years ago that Richard Nixon had a secret taping device in the Oval Office and many of those conversations can be heard in accompaniment with home movie footage in this terrific new documentary called "Our Nixon". The home movies were recorded by Nixon aides H. R. (Bob) Haldeman, John Ehrichman and Dwight Chapin and they cover roughly four of the five years that Nixon served as president. (Haldeman and Ehrlichman were forced to resign in April, 1973, so the recorded footage stops there)

"Our Nixon" covers a wide range of events. We see Nixon being sworn in in 1969, his talking to the astronaut crew on the moon, his 1972 trip to China and some political rallies. These alone could make for a powerful film, but there are "lighter" moments, too...one of the Ray Coniff Singers offers a verbal protest of the Vietnam War just before the group sings at a white House dinner in 1972, for instance. My favorite segment was one where Nixon and Haldeman are discussing the new tv sitcom "All in the Family". Nixon can't believe that homosexuality is being glorified on the show as he reminds Haldeman that homosexuality was the reason the the Greek empire came to an end.

On the eve of the opening of the Senate Watergate hearings Nixon goes on tv to announce the Haldeman and Ehrlichman resignations. After the announcement we hear Nixon (sounding slightly drunk) telling Haldeman that he's done well, that he's strong and that he loves him. In fact, in several instances in the film, Nixon is on the phone looking for sympathy in one way or another.

I highly recommend "Our Nixon" for a fresh insight into the man who was our thirty-seventh president. It's an eye-opener and one that will add to our understanding of the president and the era in which he presided.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly an outstanding documentary February 20, 2014
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Using super 8 movies taken by "the president's men" was a uniquely creative yet effective way to tell the complicated story of Watergate. I still,can't get the theme song "They don't know about us," out of my head!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Summation May 7, 2014
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Having seen other DVD (and videos) on the life of Richard Nixon, this one was quite different but interesting. It were moving pictures taken by other prominent White House staff members that were showing what their history was like while making it at the same time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great Look back in time... March 19, 2014
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I was a 60's kid and remember when Nixon was forced out of office for Watergate. This movie is a trip back in time. What is amazing is both watching people of my generation in the crowds and the reactions to Nixon working the crowd. It's also interesting listening to the tapes which are played as voice over on some of the film. (With subtitles so you can understand it.)

Now of course looking back, he wasn't as bad as certain other more recent presidents who got us into undeclared wars, started us on this massive debt spending etc etc.. And the bits with Daniel Ellsburg and Nixon's reaction remind me of Edward Snowdon. The film doesn't go into how a guy who campaigned on getting the USA out of Vietnam could let the war drag on for another 5 years. Nor does it cover his "war on drugs" which is on the tapes as being a way to disrupt the liberal left and the black leaders by arresting them on drug charges. It also doesn't cover his creation of HMO's and part of the reason health care is still as messed up as it is now. (See Sicko [HD] which has those tape clips in it.)

This film is home clips with the tapes and it's great. It's like looking at movies of your own family if you happened to have a dad who was president of the USA.

I also can't get that opening song out my head either... Tracy Ulman's "They Don't know about ..."

Still a complex man done in by an act of unnecessary criminality, he would have won in 1972 without the dirty tricks. Although it might have been different if Muskie wasn't eliminated early and that was one of the things CREEP worked on.
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