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Nixon

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Nixon

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
Wide Release Date:
12/20/95
performer:
Joan Allen, Anthony Hopkins, Powers Boothe, Ed Harris, Bob Hoskins, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Sorvino, Mary Steenburgen, J.T. Walsh, James Woods
director:
Oliver Stone
genre:
Drama, Historical

We gave it an A-

Who will mourn our late, greatly disgraced ex-president? Not a lot of folks, judging by the trickle of box office funds collected by director-cowriter Oliver Stone’s emotionally shattering elegy Nixon. Sadly, the hiccups in Anthony Hopkins’ off-and-on American accent, which some found fatally distracting in theaters, are magnified even further in the panned-and-scanned cassette version, which lops Stone’s striking wide-screen imagery nearly in half and winds up spotlighting Hopkins even in shots originally photographed as group tableaux. Seek out the letterboxed version for a better look at all the President’s men — and fast-forward past the end credits for a few baroque outtakes presented by Stone himself. The weirdest of these clips presents a hollow-eyed Sam Waterston as the CIA’s Richard Helms; none amount to more than curious footnotes, but the movie itself deserves no such marginal fate. Letterbox: A- Pan and scan: B

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