Frost/Nixon

Frost/Nixon

Director: Ron Howard Cast: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Kevin Bacon

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Overview

Hollywood heavyweight Ron Howard adapts playwright Peter Morgan's West End hit for the silver screen with this feature focusing on the 1977 television interviews between journalist David Frost (Michael Sheen) and former president Richard Nixon (Frank Langella). At the time Nixon sat down with Frost to discuss the sordid details that ultimately derailed his presidency, it had been three years since the former commander in chief had been forced out of office. The Watergate scandal was still fresh in everyone's minds, and Nixon had remained notoriously tight-lipped until he agreed to sit down with Frost. Nixon was certain that he could hold his own opposite the up-and-coming British broadcaster, and even Frost's own people weren't quite sure their boss was ready for such a high-profile interview. When the interview ultimately got under way and each man eschewed the typical posturing in favor of the simple truth, fans and critics on both sides were stunned by what they witnessed. Instead of Nixon stonewalling the interviewer as expected, or Frost lobbing softballs as the truth-seekers feared, what emerged was an unguardedly honest exchange between a man who had lost everything and another with everything to gain. In this film, viewers are treated to not only a recreation of that landmark interview, but a behind-the-scenes look at the power struggles that led up to it as well. Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, and Brian Grazer team to produce a film adapted for the screen by original play author Morgan (The Queen and The Last King of Scotland).

Product Details

Release Date: 04/21/2009
UPC: 0025195016919
Original Release: 2009
Rating: R
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:00:00

Special Features

Deleted Scenes; ; The Making of Frost/Nixon: Take an in-depth look at all aspects of the production and discover the lengths it took to recreate this historic event for the big season; ; The Real Interview: Footage from the actual interview and how it compares to the way it was reenacted for the film; ; The Nixon Library: Discover the materials that have been preserved for public viewing in the Richard Nixon Library, ranging from the "Nixon Tapes" to footage of Nixon visiting China; ; Feature Commentary with Director Ron Howard

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Frank Langella Richard Nixon
Michael Sheen David Frost
Kevin Bacon Jack Brennan
Rebecca Hall Caroline Cushing
Toby Jones Swifty Lazar
Matthew MacFadyen John Birt
Oliver Platt Bob Zelnick
Sam Rockwell James Reston, Jr.
Patty McCormack Pat Nixon
Andy Milder Frank Gannon
Kate Jennings Grant Diane Sawyer
Eve Curtis Sue Mengers
Jenn Gotzon Tricia Nixon

Technical Credits
Ron Howard Director,Producer
David Bernardi Executive Producer
Tim Bevan Producer
Lorrie Campbell Set Decoration/Design
Liza Chasin Executive Producer
William M. Connor Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Michael Corenblith Production Designer
Eric Fellner Producer
Brian Grazer Producer
Todd Hallowell Executive Producer
Dan Hanley Editor
Debra Hayward Executive Producer
Mike Hill Editor
Michael Hill Editor
Janet Hirshenson Casting
Jane Jenkins Casting
Kathleen McGill Associate Producer
Peter Morgan Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Daniel Orlandi Costumes/Costume Designer
Matthew Byan Shaw Executive Producer
Karen Kehela Sherwood Executive Producer
Salvatore Totino Cinematographer
Louisa Velis Associate Producer
Hans Zimmer Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Frost/Nixon
1. Resign from Office [5:38]
2. A Bold Idea [6:14]
3. Setting the Record Straight [5:05]
4. No Discernible Qualities [6:05]
5. Challenged to a Duel [6:04]
6. Out of the Comfort Zone [5:25]
7. Back to the Action [3:47]
8. Preparing for Battle [9:18]
9. Interview Day 1 [6:47]
10. The First Punch [4:35]
12. Interview Day 2 [7:13]
11. High Stakes [5:58]
13. Interview Day 3 [7:26]
14. Only One Can Win [1:30]
15. On a Hunch [5:03]
16. Final Interview [5:27]
17. Critical Moment [6:50]
18. Brought Down [3:39]
19. Worthy Opponent [8:43]
20. End Titles [5:31]

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Frost/Nixon 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Grady1GH More than 1 year ago
FROST/NIXON is one of the most successful screen adaptations of a play yet made. Perhaps that is due in part to the fact that the popular stage play by Peter Morgan was revised for the screen by the playwright, but it is also to the credit of director Ron Howard who managed to suffuse the 'play as movie' with such atmosphere and feeling of spontaneity that the rather long movie seems to whisk by more rapidly than history! Everyone knows of the infamous David Frost interview with Richard Nixon after Nixon had resigned office and was living in semi-seclusion in San Clemente, California, a bitter man struggling with the demons not only form the recent past but also form his childhood. Frost took on the challenge to bring the perpetrator of the Watergate scandal to his knees to satisfy the American public's need for retribution, and in conducting these interviews he did indeed achieve that. The story is as much a character study of Frost as it is of Nixon and the parallels writer Morgan uncovers makes the film far more than a quasi-documentary. This is real drama played for all it's worth. Frank Langella is unforgettable in his portrayal of Nixon as is Michael Sheen as Frost, each actor having played the roles on Broadway and transferring that depth of understanding to the screen. The surprise in this film is the use of the peripheral cast of characters - Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt, Sam Rockwell, Matthew Macfadyen, and Toby Jones - a group of actors who light the darker corners of the story with aplomb. FROST/NIXON should be required viewing for every Political Science major in our schools - and hopefully will urge the nation to find a similar manner to bring closure to the strangely coincidental machinations of the recent Bush administration crimes. Grady Harp
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