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The Assassination of Richard Nixon (L'Assassinat de Richard Nixon) (Bilingual)

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  • Actors: Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Don Cheadle, Jack Thompson, Brad William Henke
  • Directors: Niels Mueller
  • Writers: Niels Mueller, Kevin Kennedy
  • Producers: Alexander Payne, Alfonso Cuarón, Arnaud Duteil, Avram 'Butch' Kaplan, Carlos Cuarón
  • Format: NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Fox Video (Canada) Limited
  • Release Date: April 26 2005
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0007XBKOK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #60,643 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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A chilling drama that explores and exposes the dark side of the American Dream, The Assassination of Richard Nixon focuses on the tragic true story of Sam Bicke (Sean Penn), a disillusioned everyman who, in 1974, was driven to plot the assassination of the 37th president of the United States.

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Sean Penn (looking rather Rupert Pupkin-like) is Samuel Bicke, whose life, circa 1974, has become unbearable. His wife (Naomi Watts) has left him, his dead-end sales job is killing him--even his best friend (Don Cheadle) has had enough. Bicke's a loser, but at least he's an honest one. Nixon, the epitome of dishonesty, becomes the locus of his rage, so Bicke devises a plan to eliminate him. Paul Schrader claims he finished writing Taxi Driver before the real-life Byck attempted to assassinate the president. Maybe so, but the similarities are hard to ignore (and "Bickle" sounds a lot like "Byck"). Niels Mueller (Tadpole) doesn't disguise the fact that his debut was inspired by the guy. If The Assassination of Richard Nixon doesn't hit Taxi Driver's (admittedly lofty) heights, it's still a discomfiting look at a man determined to leave his mark on the world, only to become a footnote. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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By The Movie Guy HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on April 6 2016
Format: DVD
In 1971 President Nixon was assassinated. Little is known about this successful attempt as they were able to revive Nixon into a zombie state. The zombie Nixon went on to defeat McGovern in 1972. This worked so well in 1980, the GOP nominated the zombie Reagan. He won two elections. In 1996, convinced zombies were unbeatable they ran the zombie Dole, who was defeated. Again in 2008, the zombie McCain was defeated. In 2011, Donald Trump, with hair stolen from a zombie feigned a run at the WH. Just kidding. ;)

Sean Penn gives us an excellent performance of Sam Bicke. Sam is a nice guy who is slightly dysfunctional. He is unassertive. He lives separated from his wife (Naomi Watts) and kids which breaks his heart. He works as a salesman at an office furniture store, which sells furniture like used cars, which annoys the honesty in Sam. His boss (Jack Thompson) preaches to him that Nixon was the greatest salesman, as he sold us the same lie in 1972 as he did in 1968.

Sam's life goes down the tubes. His wife starts dating again, his job isn't going well, Sam watches and learns from his surroundings. He combines the socialist message of class struggle along with the ballot or bullet concept and his self-help salesman tapes. The movie consists exclusively of one pathetic scene after another in the life of Sam Bicke. At some point in time I wanted to read about Tiny Tim's crutch to cheer myself up.
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This story is a soulful look at what happens when a person has no support base in their adult lives. That said, this is not a feel-good movie. It ends with the death of at least three lives and is probably a very good demonstration of the short-sighted power that is given to a person who finds himself wielding a loaded weapon.

I was very impressed with the depth the film makers gave Penn's character; though I understand that events leading up to the ending of a true event were fictionalized, they came very close to making the whole story real. And, Penn gave us the person in what might be his best performance.

The entertainment value of this motion picture is debatable. The film did cause me to react in much the same way as I would upon seeing a terrible traffic accident and, if that was what they were aiming to elicit in their audience, they succeeded with me. I was saddened and dumb-struck. I have yet to come to a satisfying answer other than that this is why we have social programs and religious institutions in our societies: we all have the potential of misfiring without them.
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By A Customer on April 29 2005
Format: DVD
The film was outstanding, had a "Taxi Driver" feel to it, as the conflict is similar in some ways. Sean Penn acted beautifully, as always. Naomi Watts, having done 21 Grams with Penn before, was able to bring something to the table. Don Cheadle adds a great supporting role, for what it's worth. I also give all the credit in the world to first time director Niels Mueller for putting together a great piece of work.
A few problems I had with the film is, I thought they tried to use the whole 9/11 happening to their fullest advantage and attract audiences. I also thought that Penn's character, Samuel Bicke, became somewhat annoying as the film went on.
Anyway, I definetly recommend it. This movie isn't for the average watcher, as you have to actually think every now and then. Though, if your idea of good movies is Ben Stiller and Will Smith, perhaps you should check out the latest action flick. :]
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