Frost / Nixon

Frost / Nixon

Frost / Nixon

Sir David Frost is a British TV broadcaster famed both for his no-holds-barred political interviews and for presenting a popular lighthearted quiz show called Through The Keyhole. Thankfully, this Ron Howard (Da Vinci Code, Cinderella Man) drama focuses on the former aspect of his career, dramatising his most significant scoop - when he coaxed a tacit admission of guilt out of former US President Richard Nixon, following the 1970s Watergate scandal which rocked American politics.

The film is an adaptation of the West End/Broadway stage play by Peter Morgan, and the original actors have retained the lead roles for the film - Frank Langella (Good Night, And Good Luck) plays Nixon, while Michael Sheen (who played Tony Blair in The Queen) takes on the role of interrogator Frost.

2008Rating: M, contains offensive language122 minsUSA, UK, France
DramaTrue Story & Biography
Director:
Ron Howard ('Cocoon', 'Apollo 13', 'Ransom', 'A Beautiful Mind', 'The Da Vinci Code')
Writer:
Peter Morgan
Cast:
Kevin BaconFrank LangellaMichael SheenSam RockwellToby JonesOliver Platt
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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Andrew Hedley

Flicks, Andrew Hedley

flicks

Frost/Nixon exceeded my modest expectations. I had anticipated one of those 60’s/70’s period dramas, which are all period, no drama. You know the ones – they’ve got the faux-jazz soundtracks, the ‘groovy’ camera angles and the lukewarm humour. But this is something better.

4.0
0

Brilliant Cinema

Michael Sheen and Frank Langella give performances of the ages, in a morally influenced, political revenge drama. A film that will make you detest politicians more than you already do.

5.0
0

INTRIGUING

You probably need to be at least 50 to appreciate and have lived the period, but this is a great movie. Read the book also.

5.0
0

history at the sharp end,

Well put together and entertaining whilst reminding us of the need to limit the powers of all politicians. If this doent do it nothing will.

4.0
0

Intriguing battle of wits

This is a rather simple story, not - on the surface - a wonderful idea for a movie you'd think. But they do it so well, selling the setup/showdown between flaky Frost and wily Nixon. By the time a winner is revealed, you don't know who you want to take it out. Great performances also from the whole cast.

4.0
0

Brilliant performances!

Outstanding performaces are delivered in this gripping and dramatic battle between two opponents who each has a lot to loose.

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Frank Langella's meticulous performance will generate the sort of attention that will attract serious filmgoers.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Stories of lost crowns lend themselves to drama, but not necessarily audience-pleasing entertainments, which may explain why Frost/Nixon registers as such a soothing, agreeably amusing experience, more palliative than purgative.

0
San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

press

Morgan finds the right elements of action and character through which to make history leap off the page.

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Director Ron Howard has turned Peter Morgan's stage success into a grabber of a movie laced with tension, stinging wit and potent human drama.

0
Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

press

A totally mesmerizing battle of the wills between the occasionally charming yet wily Nixon and the increasingly desperate Frost.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Interesting but bloodless adaptation of a hit play.

3.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

The result is involving, engrossing cinema -- more thrilling, in fact, than Howard's "The Da Vinci Code" -- filmmaking of a type rarely seen anymore and sorely missed.

0
Film Threat

Film Threat

press

Fails to add anything of substance to the history that it portrays.

3.0
0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

A well-paced, lovingly crafted, superbly acted drama that deserves plenty of recognition at the upcoming awards season.

0
Flicks, Andrew Hedley

Flicks, Andrew Hedley

flicks

Frost/Nixon exceeded my modest expectations. I had anticipated one of those 60’s/70’s period dramas, which are all period, no drama. You know the ones – they’ve got the faux-jazz soundtracks, the ‘groovy’ camera angles and the lukewarm humour. But this is something better.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Frank Langella's meticulous performance will generate the sort of attention that will attract serious filmgoers.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Stories of lost crowns lend themselves to drama, but not necessarily audience-pleasing entertainments, which may explain why Frost/Nixon registers as such a soothing, agreeably amusing experience, more palliative than purgative.

0
San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

press

Morgan finds the right elements of action and character through which to make history leap off the page.

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Director Ron Howard has turned Peter Morgan's stage success into a grabber of a movie laced with tension, stinging wit and potent human drama.

0
Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

press

A totally mesmerizing battle of the wills between the occasionally charming yet wily Nixon and the increasingly desperate Frost.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Interesting but bloodless adaptation of a hit play.

3.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

The result is involving, engrossing cinema -- more thrilling, in fact, than Howard's "The Da Vinci Code" -- filmmaking of a type rarely seen anymore and sorely missed.

0
Film Threat

Film Threat

press

Fails to add anything of substance to the history that it portrays.

3.0
0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

A well-paced, lovingly crafted, superbly acted drama that deserves plenty of recognition at the upcoming awards season.

0

Brilliant Cinema

Michael Sheen and Frank Langella give performances of the ages, in a morally influenced, political revenge drama. A film that will make you detest politicians more than you already do.

5.0
0

INTRIGUING

You probably need to be at least 50 to appreciate and have lived the period, but this is a great movie. Read the book also.

5.0
0

history at the sharp end,

Well put together and entertaining whilst reminding us of the need to limit the powers of all politicians. If this doent do it nothing will.

4.0
0

Intriguing battle of wits

This is a rather simple story, not - on the surface - a wonderful idea for a movie you'd think. But they do it so well, selling the setup/showdown between flaky Frost and wily Nixon. By the time a winner is revealed, you don't know who you want to take it out. Great performances also from the whole cast.

4.0
0

Brilliant performances!

Outstanding performaces are delivered in this gripping and dramatic battle between two opponents who each has a lot to loose.

5.0
0