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Secret Honor (The Criterion Collection)
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- New digital transfer with restored image and sound plus new subtitle translation
- New video interview with actor Philip Baker Hall (22 mins.)
- Excerpts from archival films documenting key events in President Richard M. Nixon's political career (81 mins.)
- Essay by film critic Michael Wilmington
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Now that I have a fuller knowledge and understanding of political scandals in general, I'm equally impressed with the alarming depth and accuracy of this movie's "fictional" script writing. The writers obviously had inside knowledge of the plutocratic string pulling that goes on in Washington.
It is puzzling, to say the least, why a movie this good is so hard to come by, especially when one considers how well-known the director is.
One man shows can be bad enough on stage. When made into movies even the good ones can be nearly unbearable. SECRET HONOR avoids all the pitfalls. For one thing, Robert Altman is a canny enough director to devise ways to keep us visually interested in what's going on.Read more ›
The set is a large, wood paneled office, apparently in Nixon's home in San Clemente, a few months after his August 1974 resignation from the Presidency. An angry and restless Nixon nervously paces back and forth with a glass of scotch whiskey in one hand and a loaded revolver lying on his desk, yelling angrily into a running tape recorder about the details of his childhood, adult life, controversial political career, his deep and unhealed resentments and miseries, repeatedly hurling a stream of caustic invective at portraits of Dwight Eisenhower, Jack Kennedy and Henry Kissinger, reserving most of his vitriolic (yet fascinating and perceptive) bile for Kissinger, rarely (typically) blaming himself for his own misdeeds, all the while intermittently and nervously scanning a battery of CCTV monitors whose cameras are already observing and recording him. Nixon on several occasions mentions the mysterious "Bohemian Grove" located in rural northern California (a subject of much "conspiracy theorizing" in recent years.Read more ›
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Phillip Baker Hall is a force of nature in this underappreciated film, "Secret Honor." It's the story of President Richard Nixon, spending his final days descending into... Read morePublished 4 months ago by B. Adducchio
Remember "Tricky Dicky"?? If not, this film will be a history lesson for you. Phenomenal one man performance as the disgraced former president. Read morePublished 6 months ago by bobcat931
Secret Honor was so enjoyable to watch. The actor portraying Richard Nixon did a superb job. I am happy to add it to my collection of Watergate memorabilia.Published 6 months ago by J.C.
This review is an excerpt from my book “Killer B’s: The 237 Best Movies On Video You’ve (Probably) Never Seen,” which is available as an ebook on Amazon. Read morePublished 12 months ago by D. Scott Apel
At the time this film was made, Richatd Nixon had received more total, combined votes for public office than any politician in history. Read morePublished 14 months ago by John W. Fuhrman
A tour de force performance by Philip Baker Hall makes this fascinating to watch. It's all fantasy but in some respects, Hall's portrayal of Nixon is probably closer to the Nixon... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Will o' the Wisp
This is a profoundly thoughtful profile of the complex man. It's a one-man show and a masterpiece. All who are hooked on Nixon will find it electrifying. Read morePublished on August 3, 2013 by Ronald Haak
Note: 5 Star Quality, but this one man performance piece is not for everyone.
Before his resurgence with "The Player," there was a time when Robert Altman was out of... Read more