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."
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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
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
Testing, one, two, three, four.