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Nixon [Blu-ray Boxset] [2-Disc Set; Election Year Edition; Extended Director's Cut]

  • R
  • Blu-ray
  • 2 discs
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Using a nonchronological narrative style la CITIZEN KANE (from which he quotes), director Oliver Stone explores former president Richard Nixon's strict Quaker upbringing, his nascent political strivings in law school, and his strangely self-effacing courtship of his wife, Pat (played by Joan Allen). The contradictions in his character are revealed early, in the vicious campaign against Helen Gahagan Douglas and the oddly masochistic Checkers speech. His defeat at the hands of the hated and envied John F. Kennedy in the 1960 presidential election, followed by the loss of the 1962 California gubernatorial race, seem to signal the end of his career. Yet, although wholly lacking in charisma, Nixon remains a brilliant political operator,
    seizing the opportunity provided by the backlash against the antiwar movement
    to take the presidency in 1968. It is only when safely in office, running far ahead in the polls for the 1972 presidential election, that his growing paranoia comes to full flower, triggering the Watergate scandal.

    Surprisingly, Stone evinces considerable compassion as he gives us a Nixon of tragic stature and nearly Shakespearean dimension in this powerfully moving film. The star-studded cast, including Ed Harris and James Woods, complements Hopkins's extraordinary performance.
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    • Rating - Language
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 05575300

  • Credits
    Anthony Hopkins, Anthony Hopkines, Anthony Hopkins, Joan Allen, James Woods, Powers Boothe, Bob Hoskins, Paul Sorvino, Ed Harris, David Paymer, Mary Steenburgen, J.T. Walsh, E.G. Marshall, Everett G. Marshall, David Hyde Pierce, Madeline Kahn, Madeline Gail Wolfson
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Gripping psychodrama....Technically the film is a marvel..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...Riveting....The film compliments Nixon with grandeur....A fascinating film..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...NIXON is a behind-closed-doors portrayal....Stone's casting prowess is paramount, and there are pungent performances even in the cameos..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
    USA Today

    "...[An] emotionally shattering elegy....[Watch it on] letterbox..." -- Rating: A-
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...[Hopkins has] done an excellent job....[Allen] gives her Pat Nixon a surprising dimensionality and often touching humanity..."
    Variety

    "...[Stone] creates empathy for this most enigmatic of American leaders. One of the year's best films..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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