January 23rd, 2009



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Still of Ron Howard in Frost/NixonStill of Rebecca Hall in Frost/NixonEdi Gathegi at event of Frost/NixonStill of Sam Rockwell in Frost/NixonStill of Oliver Platt and Matthew Macfadyen in Frost/NixonStill of Ron Howard and Peter Morgan in Frost/Nixon

A dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 7.8/10 (51,594 voted)

Critic's Score: 80/100

Director: Ron Howard

Stars: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Kevin Bacon

Writer Peter Morgan's legendary battle between Richard Nixon, the disgraced president with a legacy to save, and David Frost, a jet-setting television personality with a name to make, in the story of the historic encounter that changed both their lives. For three years after being forced from office, Nixon remained silent. But in summer 1977, the steely, cunning former commander-in-chief agreed to sit for one all-inclusive interview to confront the questions of his time in office and the Watergate scandal that ended his presidency. Nixon surprised everyone in selecting Frost as his televised confessor, intending to easily outfox the breezy British showman and secure a place in the hearts and minds of Americans (as well as a $600,000 fee). Likewise, Frost's team harbored doubts about their boss' ability to hold his own. But as cameras rolled, a charged battle of wits resulted.

Writers: Peter Morgan, Peter Morgan

Frank Langella - Richard Nixon
Michael Sheen - David Frost
Sam Rockwell - James Reston, Jr.
Kevin Bacon - Jack Brennan
Matthew Macfadyen - John Birt
Oliver Platt - Bob Zelnick
Rebecca Hall - Caroline Cushing
Toby Jones - Swifty Lazar
Andy Milder - Frank Gannon
Kate Jennings Grant - Diane Sawyer
Gabriel Jarret - Ken Khachigian
Jim Meskimen - Ray Price
Patty McCormack - Pat Nixon
Geoffrey Blake - Interview Director
Clint Howard - Lloyd Davis

Taglines: 400 million people were waiting for the truth.


Official Website: Official site [Spain] | Official site [Japan] |

Release Date: 23 January 2009

Filming Locations: Beverly Hilton Hotel - 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $180,708 (USA) (7 December 2008) (3 Screens)

Gross: $18,593,156 (USA) (22 March 2009)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Both Frank Langella and Michael Sheen repeat the roles they created on stage. Ron Howard would only agree to direct if the studio would allow both actors to appear in the film version.

Continuity: In the scene on the final day where Brennan follows Nixon into the side room, the door is closed, and the Secret Service agent on the right hand side signals two, as in two entered the room. When the camera angle changes to get Frost reaction, the same agent is motioning two again. There would not be a need for the agent to twice motion that two people had entered the room.

Richard Nixon: I shall be your fiercest adversary. I shall come at you with everything I got, because the limelight can only shine on one of us. And for the other, it'll be the wilderness, with nothing and no one for company but those voices ringing in our head.

User Review

Langella's Nixon

Rating: 8/10

A remarkable performance by Frank Langella as Richard Nixon transforms this unexpected Ron Howard film into a gripping and unforgettable experience. The behind the scenes of the famous David Frost, Richard Nixon interviews pale in comparison to the compelling sight of Nixon/Langella thinking. It was difficult to forget that Michael Sheen was not Tony Blair but David Frost. Sheen's Frost is an entertaining foil to Langella's somber,sad, desolate portrait of the former president. Ron Howard finds a winning pace giving the true tale a fictional slant. Unfortunately I never saw the stage production and the film never betrays its theatrical origins. In a bizarre sort of way this is Ron Howard's most cinematic film. I highly recommend it.


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