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Secret Honor (1984)

Not Rated | | Biography, Comedy, Drama | 29 January 1986 (France)
A fictionalized former President Richard M. Nixon offers a solitary, stream-of-consciousness reflection on his life and political career - and the "true" reasons for the Watergate scandal and his resignation.

Director:

Robert Altman

Writers:

Donald Freed (play), Arnold M. Stone (play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Philip Baker Hall ... Richard Nixon
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Storyline

In this speculative one-man drama, we see former President Richard Milhous Nixon alone in his study, dictating his thoughts into a tape recorder. His only company are a four-screen closed-circuit TV setup, the portraits on the walls, a bottle of Chivas Regal - and a loaded pistol. At times addressing an imaginary judge in a court of public opinion, at other times speaking to an aide named Roberto, and sometimes just talking to himself, the former chief executive reflects, in a series of meandering monologues, on his humble Quaker upbringing, his school days, his family and a political career that reached all the way to the White House. Nixon rails at his treatment by the likes of Dwight D. Eisenhower, the "goddam Kennedys," J. Edgar Hoover, Henry Kissinger, Jews, liberals, the media, "East Coast shits," among others, as he leads up to the "true" reasons for the Watergate scandal that resulted in his resignation - an act he regards as one of "secret honor." Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1986 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Lords of Treason See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This picture was made and first released in 1984 which was about a decade after the Watergate Scandal. Republican President Richard Nixon resigned at the Oval Office in the White House on the evening of 8th August 1974. This film premiered about one decade and one month and one week exactly after the resignation, at the Toronto International Film Festival, on 15th September 1984. See more »

Goofs

As President Nixon is speaking, a closeup of the sound meter on the recorder shows that the needle of the meter does not move. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Richard Nixon: Testing, one, two, three, four.
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a glimpse inside the real Nixon...
7 July 1999 | by QuimperSee all my reviews

The best film ever made on Nixon, or any president. A film which is an entire monologue by Philip Baker Hall, one of the best character actors of our time. While, like Anthony Hopkins, he doesn't LOOK like Nixon, his performance helps you look beyond it. As he staggers around the oval office, cursing his enemies and talking to ghosts, staring into his monitors, you get the resonance of the real Nixon, and you even begin to feel sorry for him. It opens the myth of Nixon wide to reveal a man beneath the icon, and is a simultaneously thrilling and dramatic film. Altman's film has been out of print for at least a decade, but it far surpasses Oliver Stone's film and is worth watching for anyone who ever wanted to appreciate Nixon as anything other than a monster.


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