Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Nixon's the one!

Today on, Jeff Tucker writes about Oliver Stone’s Nixon (1995), one of my favorite political films. I recommend that movie highly, but would suggest as a companion piece Secret Honor (1984), Robert Altman’s movie adaptation of the play by Donald Freed and Arnold M. Stone. I saw Philip Baker Hall’s extraordinary performance as Nixon on stage in Los Angeles a year before Altman captured it on film, and I think the movie is indispensable. All fans of political drama should see Secret Honor.

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At 4:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love that movie, too, Wally! I have two favorite lines.

The first is when Anthony Hopkins (as Nixon) makes an angry reference to "That queen Hoover!"

The second is when an exasperated Nixon took over the editing (i.e., expletive deletion) of the secret Watergate tape transcipts personally. Furiously crossing out a sentence he roared, "What is this!? You can't have THE PRESIDENT saying 'cocksucker'!!"



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