A biographical story of former U.S. president Richard Milhouse Nixon, from his days as a young boy to his eventual presidency which ended in shame. (imdb)
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Directed By: Oliver Stone
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Nixon belongs to 21 collections
1. Academy Award - Oscar - ALL Best Picture, Directing, Acting & Screenplay Nominees (collaborative - 22 stars)
2. Over 3 Hours Long (collaborative: moderated by djross - 19 stars)
3. Films available in HD (collaborative: moderated by kubricksucks - 13 stars)
4. Biographical (collaborative: moderated by iconogassed - 7 stars)
5. American politics (collaborative: moderated by djross - 7 stars)
6. Anamorphic Cinematography (collaborative: moderated by Bojangles - 7 stars)
7. David Thomson's 1000 Films (collaborative: moderated by MMAlpha - 7 stars)
8. President Of The United States (collaborative: moderated by Hailey - 3 stars)
9. Best Original screenplay (collaborative: moderated by Roman_Herbom - 2 stars)
10. Roger Ebert's Top 10 Films of 1995 (collaborative - 1 star)
11. Availability: Disney+ and Star Canada (collaborative: moderated by geohawk - 1 star)
12. John Williams (composer) (collaborative: moderated by djross)
13. Historical Figures (collaborative: moderated by comepelicula)
14. Ratings (collaborative: moderated by cheapthrills)
15. 1995 Wide Releases U.S. (collaborative: moderated by Roman_Herbom)
16. Photographed by Robert Richardson (collaborative: moderated by iconogassed)
17. Audio (collaborative: moderated by davidysteph)
18. Andy Owns (collaborative: moderated by andycarhart)
19. New & sealed (public: majikat)
20. 1995: Year in Review (public: polanski28)
21. My DVD Collection (public: balseiros)
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This was the last truly groundbreaking picture Oliver Stone directed. As a biopic it's creative in its execution, cinematically akin to Citizen Kane in how it tries to understand what is missing at the core of a public man. But the story is Shakespearean in the way it dramatizes closed door conversations. Anthony Hopkins gives the movie the wonderful tone, as his stoic, private, drive compliments what he did in The Remains of the Day. Great for both film classes and history courses.
This isn't a movie about Nixon's life; it isn't a three hour bore that narrates his life from birth, to death. It's a film that digs deep into the consciousness of Nixon and seeks to unravel the identity of America's enigmatic leader. The depth of the screenplay and uncovering of Nixon's consciousness is what makes this a biopic like no other. Story: 10 Screenplay: 9 Acting: 9.5 Cinematography: 9.5 Editing: 8.5 Entertainment Value: 8.7 Directing: 9 Music: 8 Overall Score: 72.
Anthony Hopkins is great in the lead role in this film. There are a few slow moments but there are also plenty of interesting ones in this drama. Overall I would recommend this film.
I don't generally like Oliver Stone, but I like this movie with a few reservations. It's more of a character study than a biopic trek through the man's life, and Stone is fairly compassionate, not letting Nixon off the hook, but acknowledging that there was potential greatness in this horrifically flawed man. Hopkins is really good, avoiding straightforward imitation and kind of internalizing the man and letting him seep out in small ways.
After seeing the runtime, I deep down was looking for excuses to dislike this movie. But the drama and political landscape are so well executed that I was having a hard time. And then some of Oliver Stone's stylistic flourishes didn't fit, and had me rolling my eyes. But the tremendous cast won me over ultimately, including perhaps Hopkins' finest performance.
|Average Percentile 54.65% from 686 Ratings|