Secret Honor

Secret Honor

A Political Myth

DVD - 2004
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Portrays a disgraced President Richard Nixon recording memoirs in an attempt to defend himself and his political legacy.
Publisher: [United States] : Criterion Collection : Janus Films, 2004.
ISBN: 9780780029101
Branch Call Number: PS3556.R383 S44 2004
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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May 21, 2014

This is a 1984 film written by Donald Freed and Arnold M. Stone based on their play.
Philip Baker Hall plays as former president Richard M. Nixon, a fictional account attempting to gain insight into Nixon's personality, life,
attitudes and behavior.
A disgraced Richard Nixon is restlessly pacing in the study at his New Jersey home, in the late 1970s.
Armed with a loaded revolver, a bottle of Scotch whisky and a running tape recorder, while surrounded by closed circuit television cameras,
he spends the next 90 minutes recalling, with rage, suspicion, sadness and disappointment, his controversial life and career in a long monologue.
Although this is a unique attempt to let the audience understand the former president, it is so boring---so much so that I couldn't keep on viewing after
the first 20 minutes.

NightGoat72 Feb 23, 2014

A smug, overblown filmed play that childishly reduces Nixon to a blathering, incoherent, practically senile lunatic. This is in no way humanization or "an attempt to understand" as the film's ridiculous, deflective, and dishonest opening disclaimer asserts - it's just derision.


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