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  • Actors: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Kevin Bacon, Sam Rockwell, Matthew Macfadyen
  • Directors: Ron Howard
  • Writers: Peter Morgan
  • Producers: Brian Grazer, David Bernardi, Debra Hayward, Eric Fellner, Karen Kehela Sherwood
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Feb. 21 2012
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B001TH93GU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,480 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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From Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard comes the electrifying, untold story behind one of the most unforgettable moments in history. When disgraced President Richard Nixon agreed to an interview with jet-setting television personality, David Frost, he thought he’d found the key to saving his tarnished legacy. But, with a name to make and a reputation to overcome, Frost became one of Nixon’s most formidable adversaries and engaged the leader in a charged battle of wits that changed the face of politics forever. Featuring brilliant portrayals by Frank Langella and Michael Sheen, Frost/Nixon is the fascinating and suspenseful story of truth, accountability, secrets and lies.


Sounds like a good match: a historical drama from the author of The Queen, but with an American subject in the generational wheelhouse of director Ron Howard. And so Peter Morgan's Tony-winning play morphs into a Hollywood movie under the wing of the Apollo 13 guy. Morgan's subject is a curious moment of post-Watergate shakeout: British TV host David Frost's long-form interviews with ex-President Richard Nixon, conducted in 1977. It was a big ratings success at the time, justifying the somewhat controversial decision to cut an enormous check for Nixon's services. The movie adds a mockumentary note to the otherwise straightforward style, having direct-to-camera addresses from various aides to Frost and Nixon (played by the likes of Oliver Platt, Sam Rockwell, and Kevin Bacon); these basically tell us things we already glean from the rest of the movie, adding unnecessary melodrama and upping the stakes. In this curious scheme, the success of Frost's career, which could bellyflop if he doesn't get something worthwhile out of the cagey, long-winded Nixon, is given somewhat more weight than the actual revelations of the interviews. Even with these questionable storytelling decisions, there's still the spectacle of two actors going at it hammer and tongs, and on that level the movie offers some heat. Michael Sheen, who played Tony Blair not only in The Queen but also in another Morgan-scripted project, The Deal, is adept at catching David Frost's blow-dried charm, as well as the determination beneath it. Frank Langella's physical performance as Nixon is superb, and he certainly can be a commanding actor, though veteran Nixon-watchers might find that he misses a certain depth of self-pity in the man. Both actors were retained from the original stage production, a rare thing in Hollywood--and probably Howard's best decision of the project. --Robert Horton

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By Kona TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 30 2009
Format: DVD
This detailed recreation of David Frost's 1977 interviews with President Nixon is surprisingly engaging. The movie takes us back to a time when Presidents didn't pop up on every channel on a daily basis as they do now. Convincing Nixon to be interviewed following the Watergate scandal was quite a coup, even though Frost had a hard time selling it to networks and sponsors.

Michael Sheen (The Queen) portrays Frost as a confident, ambitious journalist and playboy. Frank Langella (Dracula) so completely transforms himself into Nixon that even though he may not look like the man, he IS the man, with all his flaws and failings and ultimate sadness. The actual subject matter of the film - the backstage negotiations, the toadies on both sides, the strategies - were of little interest to me, but the two stars are such good actors that I found the movie riveting. It constantly builds in intensity and suspense and we know that eventually Frost will elicit a monumental admission of guilt from Nixon. This was huge at the time, although since then, we have seen Presidents concede mistakes almost on a regular basis. These days, taking blame is de rigueur for elected officials.

The movie is fairly dry and talky, but it does have historical significance and Frank Langella's performance is magnificent.
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By Stella Carrier TOP 500 REVIEWER on Dec 18 2014
Format: DVD
Frost Nixon is a movie that basically paints a story that former President Nixon went to the reporter (David Frost) that this movie is based on in hopes of rehabilitating his reputation. Frank Langella is listed on the back of the dvd to have played Nixon, while Martin Sheen played the role of David Frost. Here are some of the facts that were included at the end of the movie: David Frost continues to work as a TV presenter and news interviewer. Today his (David Frost’s) annual summer party is a firm fixture on the British social calendar. The Nixon interviews remain the most successful program of his career. Richard Nixon published his 1,000 page memoirs in 1978, but never escaped controversy. He (Richard Nixon) traveled again to China and Russia though only as a private citizen. Richard Nixon remained largely absent from official state functions until his death of a stroke in 1994. The bonus features of this dvd: deleted scenes, the making of Frost/Nixon, The Real Interview, The Nixon Library, and Feature Commentary with Director Ron Howard. The movie trailers included in this dvd: Harvey Milk, Changeling, and Flash of Genius. There is then the promotional for focus feature films and the following actors/actresses are credited with this dvd: Frank Langella, Micheal Sheen, Kevin Bacon, Rebecca Hall, Toby Jones, Matthew McFadden, Oliver Platt, Sam Rockwell.
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Format: Blu-ray
Frost/Nixon (2008)
Drama, History, 122 minutes
Directed by Ron Howard
Starring Frank Langella, Michael Sheen and Rebecca Hall

Like Doubt, Frost/Nixon covers subject matter that would generally bore me, but the story is so strong that it's capable of seizing my attention and holding it for two hours.

I remember David Frost interviewing Richard Nixon when I was in my teens, and wasn't remotely interested. I grew up in England and so have no personal connection to the events surrounding Nixon's term as president.

So why do I have any interest at all in this film?

It's a combination of the script and the acting. Nixon (Langella) and Frost (Sheen) are portrayed perfectly. The supporting cast is also strong and includes Kevin Bacon, Sam Rockwell, Oliver Platt and Toby Jones. The people making up Frost's research team clearly have something invested in the project. Like many of the American people, they are angry that Nixon was granted a pardon by President Ford. They want some kind of admission or guilt and an apology in order to achieve closure.

Frost doesn't care about any of that. He's a playboy and a TV celebrity. He wants to further his career, become famous in America, and make a ton of money at the same time. He manages to convince Nixon to do an interview for his show and sets about soliciting companies and friends to provide the financial backing. But he's really more interested in spending time with his girlfriend (Hall) and experiencing the nightlife.

Frost's next task is to convince his potential team members that he's truly motivated to give Nixon a hard time during the interviews. Once that's done, a contract is drawn up.
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