For three years after being forced from office, Nixon remained silent. But in summer 1977, the steely, cunning former commander-in-chief agreed to sit for one all-inclusive interview to confront the questions of his time in office and the Watergate scandal that ended his presidency. Nixon surprised everyone in selecting Frost as his televised confessor, intending to easily outfox the breezy British showman and secure a place in the hearts and minds of Americans. Likewise, Frost’s team harbored doubts about their boss’ ability to hold his own. But as cameras rolled, a charged battle of wits resulted. Would Nixon evade questions of his role in one of the nation’s greatest disgraces? Or would Frost confound critics and bravely demand accountability from the man who’d built a career out of stonewalling? Over the course of their encounter, each man would reveal his own insecurities, ego and reserves of dignity—ultimately setting aside posturing in a stunning display of unvarnished truth. Frost/Nixon not only re-creates the on-air interview, but the weeks of around-the-world, behind-the-scenes maneuvering between the two men and their camps as negotiations were struck, deals were made and secrets revealed—all leading to the moment when they would sit facing one another in the court of public opinion.
Professionally, Ron Howard has come a long way from the tousle-haired, barefoot sheriff’s son who trod the byways of idyllic Mayberry to reside in the heady company of Hollywood’s most elite directors. Howard’s films are pure entertainment; they are well-crafted efforts, frequently technically challenging from a production standpoint, and aimed at mainstream audiences. Though some of his lesser works have been criticized for possessing formulaic scripts, Howard’s films approach even hackneyed subjects in fresh ways. Though he does not characterize himself as a risk taker, he loves the challenge of exploring different genres; therefore, his filmography includes B-movie actioners, domestic comedies, fantasies, sci-fi, suspense-thrillers, historical dramas, and big-budget action films.
The son of actors Rance and Jean Howard, he made his theatrical debut at age two in a Baltimore production of The Seven Year Itch. He made his screen debut at age five in the suspenseful political… read more
I'm not usually interested in political drama films. I often find them boring. But when you have a bunch of talented individuals & an interesting piece of history, I can certainly pay attention. supporting performances were good, Sam Rockwell is always predictably entertaining to watch.Michael Sheen & Frank Langella were excellent! They were compelling, layered & like their real-life counterparts. Good one Ron Howard
I guess its technically accomplished for its genre and well acted (especially from Frank Langella) but let's face it this is safe, television-level storytelling with simplistic characterization but just pseudo-intellectual and talky enough for the deluded masses to be pleased with themselves for having suffered through a "serious picture".
***1/2 Ron Howard is a director who's not thought highly of by some of us. You will vainly search for a personal thematic map in his filmography. But Ron Howard knows how to please the audience and his movies are mostly successes. I respect that because the public can not always be wrong. As for Frost/Nixon, it's a very good movie that leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. Simply because it reflects one of the main problems of our era: success, in terms of public recognition and financial terms, is always rewarding the swankiest and the less deserving one at the expense of the demanding or simply the most intelligent one. Recommended.
If you are interested in political drama then this may be the film for you. Are you are specifically fascinated by the Nixon Watergate scandal, and do you want to see a Brit stick it to tricky-Dick… read review
Just before the mainstream conglomerate media let loose their dynastic praise on Frost/Nixon, a big studio picture directed by one of that machine’s favorite sons Opie, I had the special privilege… read review
What is it about Richard Nixon that has inspired such consistently compelling films? From Oliver Stone’s Nixon (possibly his best work) and Robert Altman’s one-actor-film, Secret Honor, all the way… read review