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In summer 1977, the televised David Frost/Richard Nixon interviews attracted the largest audience for a news program in the history of American TV. More than 45 million viewers—hungry for a glimpse into the mind of their disgraced former commander in chief and anxious for him to acknowledge the abuses of power that led to his resignation—sat transfixed as Nixon and Frost sparred in a riveting verbal boxing match over the course of four evenings.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Very Good It's a forceful, unrelenting movie that folds back time and recalls, albeit imperfectly according to the public record, how a long national nightmare finally faded.
USA TodayFull Review Excellent It's hard to imagine how a film built around one-on-one interviews could be entertaining, but Frost/Nixon could not be more enthralling.
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battle between Richard Nixon (FRANK LANGELLA, Good Night, and Good Luck.), the
disgraced president with a legacy to save, and David Frost (MICHAEL SHEEN, The
Queen), a jet-setting newsman with the interview of a lifetime, in the untold story of the
historic encounter that changed both: Frost/Nixon. Re-creating not only the on-air
interviews that captivated the nation, but weeks of around-the-world, behind-the-scenes
maneuvering and negotiations between the men and their opposing camps, the film
explores the long-untold story that led to the ultimate face-off in the court of public
For three years after being forced from office, Nixon remained silent. But, in
1977, the steely, cunning former commander in chief agreed to sit for one all-inclusive
interview to confront the unanswered questions of his time in office and of the Watergate
scandal that ended his presidency. Nixon surprised everyone by selecting Frost as his
televised confessor, intending to easily outfox the breezy British showman and reclaim
his status as a supreme statesman in the hearts and minds of Americans.
Likewise, Frost's team harbored doubts about his ability to hold his own against
Nixon. As cameras rolled, a charged battle of wits ensued. 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 most skilled politician of his
generation? The encounter would reveal each man's insecurities, ego and reserves of
dignity—as both ultimately set aside posturing in a stunning display of unvarnished truth.