The other day at the AMC Best Movie Showcase, the final movie of the night was Frost/Nixon. I had actually thought about leaving the theatre and skipping this movie, but was glad that I made the decision to stick it out and watch.
Frost/Nixon is “A dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon.” This is the most famous of all of the Nixon interviews and ultimately the one that really sank him. Primarily due to the fact that Nixon answered one of Frost’s question:
When the President does it, that means it is not illegal.
I thought the movie was fantastic. It could have been extremely boring and dry, but they managed to essentially show how difficult it was for this particular interview to actually happen, and how close it was of a disaster to Frost and his team. Essentially, the entire filming was saved during the final interview with Nixon.
Frost/Nixon Movie Trailer
And just for the record, here is the actual clip of the president’s famous statement:
By the way, clips from all of the original interviews are on YouTube, so if you want to see how they differ from the movie, feel free!
I have to disagree. I thought it was interesting but Nixon was overplayed and overall I think the movie lacked some ‘uuumph’ so put it into the category of really good political movies.. Not bad though by any way!
Aaron Hall says
I was too young to remember the Nixon era, but I thoroughly enjoyed Frost Nixon. Still, the constant question with movies is whether the movie portrayal is accurate to what actually happened. I’ve heard virtually no criticism of the accuracy of Front Nixon, which is probably because the original interview footage still exists.
If you are someone who saw the original/real interview, what was your impression of the accuracy of the movie?
And when this story will be finalise? *worry*