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Rated R · 122 minutes · 2008

Two historical figures we’d rather forget about — national wart Richard Nixon and broadcaster David Frost — square off in a Ron Howard-directed actors’ tournament based on a real-life 1977 televised interview between the disgraced ex-president and the down-on-his-luck TV host. Frank Langella’s Nixon wins — his portrayal of Tricky Dick is as good as Anthony Hopkins’. Michael Sheen captures Frost’s essential smarminess smartly, but why bother in the first place, except to chew over a spurious “journalistic coup”? The epitome of a white elephant movie, adapted by playwright Peter Morgan from his stage drama. Also with Sam Rockwell, Kevin Bacon, and Oliver Platt (122 min.).
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Director: Ron Howard
Writer: Peter Morgan
Producer: Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner
Cast: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Kevin Bacon, Rebecca Hall, Toby Jones, Matthew Macfadyen, Oliver Platt and Sam Rockwell


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