Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 1995. Cinergi Pictures Entertainment, Hollywood Pictures, Illusion Entertainment. Screenplay by Oliver Stone, Stephen J. Rivele, Christopher Wilkinson. Cinematography by Robert Richardson. Produced by Oliver Stone, Clayton Townsend, Andrew G. Vajna. Music by John Williams. Production Design by Victor Kempster. Costume Design by Richard Hornung. Film Editing by Brian Berdan, Hank Corwin. Academy Awards 1995. Boston Film Critics Awards 1995. Golden Globe Awards 1995. New York Film Critics Awards 1995.
Oliver Stone, who previously directed the marvelous JFK, fails to invest this biography of president Richard Nixon’s troubled political career with the same amount of paranoid energy and enthusiasm. This dry, talky film goes listlessly from one meeting to another until finally climaxing with the Watergate scandal and then regressing back to its lazy pace. Acting is a plus, with Anthony Hopkins a marvel in a lead role, plus an intense Joan Allen (igniting a great career in the 1990s with her first Academy Award nomination) keeping up with him at every punch as depressed wife Pat. Great supporting roles too, but very little of this film is as interesting as many other films and books dealing with the same period in American history.