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The Assassination of Richard Nixon

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Sean Penn gives yet another remarkable performance as troubled soul Sam Bicke in Niels Mueller's debut feature film, THE ASSASSINATION OF RICHARD NIXON. As the Watergate scandal is breaking and President Nixon can be seen all over the television and newspapers, Bicke struggles to earn money as an office furniture salesman as he tries to win back his estranged wife, Marie (a brunette Naomi Watts). He has grand plans of starting a mobile tire store with his friend Bonny (Don Cheadle), but he is so blinded by truth and honesty that he stands in the way of his own potential success. His rage continues to build as he sees another man spending time with Marie and the kids until he cannot control it any longer and resolves to kill Nixon, whom he blames for all of society's ills. Mueller, who cowrote the script with Kevin Kennedy, tells the story in a series of flashbacks as Bicke dictates into a tape recorder the sad details of his life to composer Leonard Bernstein, the only person he thinks will understand him. Penn immerses himself in this difficult, challenging role, playing a simple man on the verge of exploding. From the way he covets his mustache to how he reacts when he's around Marie, Penn embodies Bicke, who sees himself as representative of the loss of the American dream. Based on true events, the film also deals with the racism and sexism that was rampant in the early-to-mid-1970s.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): N7850

  • Credits
    Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Don Cheadle, Jack Thompson, Michael Wincott, Leonardo DiCaprio, Leonardo Di Caprio, Nick Searcy, Mykelti Williamson, April Grace, Brad Henke
  • Critic Reviews
    "Mr. Penn, as is his wont, acts up a storm with the aid of some facial embellishment..."
    New York Times

    "Dark and eerily resonant....[The film] crawls under your skin and amps up the agitation until you want to jump out of it."
    Los Angeles Times

    "Penn's performance is really a profound study of a particular type of loner that no one has pegged better: the sociopathic putz."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "[Penn is] understated and eloquent....This may be the leanest and most devastating performance of his career."
    Movieline's Hollywood Life

    "[R]iveting....Penn makes it unthinkable to turn away."
    Rolling Stone

    "[W]ithin this lies one of the finest character studies you'll see. Penn is at his lightest and most intense..."

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