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Nixon on film

A look at how accurate previous big-screen portrayals of the former president have been, including ”Dick,” “‘Frost/Nixon,” and more

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In ‘Watchmen,’ Richard Nixon (Robert Wisden, left) sidesteps Watergate and wins a fifth term. But have past onscreen Nixons been any more realistic?

Richard M. Dixon
Where the Buffalo Roam (1980)
Dixon (né James LaRoe) played him in nine films, mostly for laughs.

Philip Baker Hall
Secret Honor (1985)
He rages at enemies, real and imagined, armed with scotch — and a gun.

Dan Hedaya
Dick (1999)
Hedaya’s comic Nixon threatens to feed Checkers to the Chinese.

Anthony Hopkins
Nixon (1995)
In this Oscar-nominated turn, Nixon’s soaked in booze and self-loathing.

Frank Langella
Frost/Nixon (2008)
Langella lends the disgraced prez rare polish and dignity — until he drinks.

James Le Gros
Point Break (1991)
This ”Nixon” is undeniably a crook: a bank robber in a Tricky Dick mask.