Movie Renter's Guide - April, 2009


"Frost/Nixon" (2008) (Blu-ray)


In 1977, following Richard Nixon's resigning his presidency, a mediocre talk show host, David Frost (Sheen), whose shows had been cancelled, decided that the way to redeem himself was to pull off the interview of the decade. He contacted Nixon's staff and proposed the interview.

The people who still supported him recognized that this might be the way to Nixon's own salvation, with the opportunity to really explain the rationale for his actions during his presidency, not just Watergate, but everything, at least some of which were positive accomplishments.

So, the interview was arranged to occur in two hour segments, on four different days: March 23, 25, 28, and April 22.

Nixon (Langella) would be paid $200,000 for the interview, and the contract called for the discussion of Watergate only on the last day.

Well, Frost underestimated Nixon, and on the first three days of shooting, he got the better of Frost by a huge margin. Nixon's staff was delighted.

One evening before the last day of shooting, Nixon called Frost and told him he would come at him with everything he has.

It was still several days before the last interview, so Frost had his staff go to libraries where Nixon material was open to the public. They found evidence that proved Nixon knew about the coverup long before he said he did.

So, on that last fateful interview, Nixon had to admit he was part of the coverup.

The interview saved Frost's career, but pretty much put the last shovel of dirt on the Nixon/Watergat saga.


  • Universal Pictures
  • 2008, Color, Rated R, 2 Hr 2 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Sam Rockwell, Kevin Bacon
  • Directed by Ron Howard
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Bad


Although the movie received five Academy Award nominations, in my opinion, the movie was boring except for when Langella was on the screen. His portrayal of Nixon was brilliant. In no way did this movie deserve to be awarded Best Picture, and it didn't win. But Langella vastly outperformed Sean Penn in Milk.


The lighting director did a miserable job with dim interiors. The human eye does not see a dimly lit room this way. Whoever the lighting director was, he should have studied The Godfather to see how to set up a room to look dimly lit, but still appear realistic. The picture was out of focus several times as well, which is inexcusable.


These include The Nixon Chronicles, The Making of, The Real Interview, The Nixon Libraries, and other things. The disc is also BD-Live.