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Based on real life events, Assassination is set in 1974 and centers on a businessman (Penn) who decides to take extreme measures to achieve his American dream.
Audio Commentary:Director Commentary
Other:Closed Captioning- English
Sean Penn (looking rather Rupert Pupkin-like) is Samuel Bicke, whose life, circa 1974, has become unbearable. His wife (Naomi Watts) has left him, his dead-end sales job is killing him--even his best friend (Don Cheadle) has had enough. Bicke's a loser, but at least he's an honest one. Nixon, the epitome of dishonesty, becomes the locus of his rage, so Bicke devises a plan to eliminate him. Paul Schrader claims he finished writing Taxi Driver before the real-life Byck attempted to assassinate the president. Maybe so, but the similarities are hard to ignore (and "Bickle" sounds a lot like "Byck"). Niels Mueller (Tadpole) doesn't disguise the fact that his debut was inspired by the guy. If The Assassination of Richard Nixon doesn't hit Taxi Driver's (admittedly lofty) heights, it's still a discomfiting look at a man determined to leave his mark on the world, only to become a footnote. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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Samuel Bicke is a narcissistically selfish individual. He really doesn't give a damn about anybody but himself. At the end, we truly realize the depths of his vileness. No, Bicke is not a victim. He is evil. Other human beings are merely perceived to be props in Bicke's warped morality play. Their suffering is deemed inconsequential. Why does Bicke target Richard Nixon for assassination? Heck, why did Lee Harvey Oswald pick John F. Kennedy? In both instances, murdering a famous American president will guarantee getting your name in the history books. Bicke wants to be a somebody. The hell with those who get in the way of this goal. Sean Penn may leave much to be desired as a political thinker. Still, he one of America's finest actors. Penn gives one of his finest performances in The Assassination of Richard Nixon. You should make a point of seeing this virtually unknown masterpiece.
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"The Assassination of Richard Nixon" is a compelling portrait of one man's inept struggle against the system. Beautifully photographed, brilliantly acted, and utterly believable throughout (it is based on a true story)the film reaches its inevitable but surprisingly and oddly touching denouement in some style. A true classic in the making.
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It's almost torture watching a good man devolve into wanton violence. His reasoning becomes totally distorted because of the stress of making a...Read more