History Film / FrostNixon

3rd Mar '16 6:34:40 PM AllenbysEyes
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** The movie also ignores that Frost and Nixon were already well-acquainted: Frost had interviewed Nixon during the '68 Presidential campaign, and Nixon even invited Frost to host his 1970 White House Christmas party. It's certainly true, though, that Nixon and his aides didn't take him seriously at first.

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** The movie also ignores that Frost and Nixon were already well-acquainted: Frost had interviewed Nixon during the '68 Presidential campaign, and Nixon even invited Frost to host his 1970 White House Christmas party. It's certainly true, though, that Nixon and his aides didn't take him or the interviews seriously at first.



** The portrayal of Brennan hews much closer to H.R. Haldeman, Nixon's White House chief of staff, who ''was'' both unflinchingly devoted to Nixon, and notoriously mean and humorless - he proudly said "I'm the president's son of a bitch." Presumably this comes down to RuleOfDrama; Brennan cooperating with Frost's team wouldn't have provided much tension.

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** The portrayal of Brennan hews much closer to H.R. Haldeman, Nixon's White House chief of staff, who ''was'' both unflinchingly devoted to Nixon, and notoriously mean and humorless - he proudly said "I'm the president's son of a bitch." Presumably this comes down to RuleOfDrama; making Brennan cooperating a nice guy who cooperated with Frost's team wouldn't have provided much tension.
2nd Mar '16 1:16:59 PM bt8257
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* HypocriticalHumor: James Reston, Jr., the researcher who despises Nixon, swears he'll never shake hands with him; he does so moments later, stunned by being face-to-face with an ex-President of the United States. Zelnick wastes absolutely no time in reminding him of that: [[SarcasmMode "Oh, that was devastating.'' ''[[SarcasmMode Withering.]]'' [[SarcasmMode I don't think he's ever going to get over that."]] Reston promptly tells him to [[PrecisionFStrike fuck off]].

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* HypocriticalHumor: James Reston, Jr., the researcher who despises Nixon, swears he'll never shake hands with him; he does so moments later, stunned by being face-to-face with an ex-President of the United States. Zelnick wastes absolutely no time in reminding him of that: [[SarcasmMode "Oh, that was devastating.'' ]] ''[[SarcasmMode Withering.]]'' [[SarcasmMode I don't think he's ever going to get over that."]] Reston promptly tells him to [[PrecisionFStrike fuck off]].
2nd Mar '16 1:16:15 PM bt8257
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* HypocriticalHumor: James Reston, Jr., the researcher who despises Nixon, swears he'll never shake hands with him; he does so moments later, stunned by being face-to-face with an ex-President of the United States. Zelnick wastes absolutely no time in reminding him of that: "Oh, that was devastating. ''Withering.'' [[SarcasmMode "I don't think he's ever going to get over that."]] Reston promptly tells him to [[PrecisionFStrike fuck off]].

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* HypocriticalHumor: James Reston, Jr., the researcher who despises Nixon, swears he'll never shake hands with him; he does so moments later, stunned by being face-to-face with an ex-President of the United States. Zelnick wastes absolutely no time in reminding him of that: [[SarcasmMode "Oh, that was devastating. ''Withering.devastating.'' ''[[SarcasmMode Withering.]]'' [[SarcasmMode "I I don't think he's ever going to get over that."]] Reston promptly tells him to [[PrecisionFStrike fuck off]].
12th Feb '16 4:55:42 PM AllenbysEyes
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** The portrayal of Brennan hews much closer to H.R. Haldeman, Nixon's White House chief of staff, who ''was'' both unflinchingly devoted to Nixon, and notoriously mean and humorless - he proudly said "I'm the president's son of a bitch." Given Frost's own comparison of the two, it's odd for the filmmakers to give these traits to Brennan.

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** The portrayal of Brennan hews much closer to H.R. Haldeman, Nixon's White House chief of staff, who ''was'' both unflinchingly devoted to Nixon, and notoriously mean and humorless - he proudly said "I'm the president's son of a bitch." Given Presumably this comes down to RuleOfDrama; Brennan cooperating with Frost's own comparison of the two, it's odd for the filmmakers to give these traits to Brennan. team wouldn't have provided much tension.
3rd Feb '16 2:07:00 PM bt8257
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* ChekhovsGun: Reston wants to check out some transcripts at the federal courthouse library. No, ''waste of time'', everyone assures him.[[note]]In real life, he found a couple unpublished conversations between Nixon and Charles Colson that proved beyond any reasonable doubt that Nixon was lying rather blatantly about when he first became involved in the conspiracy, and knew about the cover-up. The first conversation quoted by Frost in the film actually came from a tape made on February 13, 1973, not June 20, 1972. Furthermore, a tape made ''the day after'' captures, in another conversation with Colson, Nixon revealing that he knew about said cover-up '''''a whole month''''' before the famous "cancer on the presidency" conversation he had with John Dean, which is the next conversation to be quoted in the film. The second conversation between Colson and Nixon ends with Nixon saying this: "That's where we gotta cut our losses. My losses are to be cut. The President's losses got to be cut on the cover-up deal." His [[OhCrap reaction]] upon hearing that quote said it all.[[/note]]

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* ChekhovsGun: Reston wants to check out some transcripts at the federal courthouse library. No, ''waste of time'', everyone assures him.[[note]]In real life, he found a couple unpublished conversations between Nixon and Charles Colson that proved beyond any reasonable doubt that Nixon was lying rather blatantly about when he first became involved in the conspiracy, and knew about the cover-up. The first conversation quoted by Frost in the film actually came from a tape made on February 13, 1973, not June 20, 1972. Furthermore, a tape made ''the day after'' captures, in another conversation with Colson, Nixon revealing that he knew about said cover-up '''''a whole month''''' before the famous "cancer on the presidency" conversation he had with John Dean, which is the next conversation to be quoted in the film. The second conversation between Colson and Nixon February 14th, 1973 tape ends with Nixon saying this: "That's where we gotta cut our losses. My losses are to be cut. The President's losses got to be cut on the cover-up deal." His [[OhCrap reaction]] upon hearing that quote said it all.[[/note]]
3rd Feb '16 12:59:49 PM bt8257
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* ChekhovsGun: Reston wants to check out some transcripts at the federal courthouse library. No, ''waste of time'', everyone assures him.[[note]]In real life, he found a couple unpublished conversations between Nixon and Colson that proved beyond any reasonable doubt that Nixon was lying rather blatantly about when he first became involved in the conspiracy, and knew about the cover-up. The first conversation quoted by Frost in the film actually came from a tape made on February 13, 1973, not June 20, 1972. Furthermore, a tape made ''the day after'' captures, in another conversation with Colson, Nixon revealing that he knew about said cover-up '''''a whole month''''' before the famous "cancer on the presidency" conversation he had with John Dean, which is the next conversation to be quoted in the film. It ends with him saying this: "That's where we gotta cut our losses. My losses are to be cut. The President's losses got to be cut on the cover-up deal." Nixon's [[OhCrap reaction]] to that quote said it all.[[/note]]

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* ChekhovsGun: Reston wants to check out some transcripts at the federal courthouse library. No, ''waste of time'', everyone assures him.[[note]]In real life, he found a couple unpublished conversations between Nixon and Charles Colson that proved beyond any reasonable doubt that Nixon was lying rather blatantly about when he first became involved in the conspiracy, and knew about the cover-up. The first conversation quoted by Frost in the film actually came from a tape made on February 13, 1973, not June 20, 1972. Furthermore, a tape made ''the day after'' captures, in another conversation with Colson, Nixon revealing that he knew about said cover-up '''''a whole month''''' before the famous "cancer on the presidency" conversation he had with John Dean, which is the next conversation to be quoted in the film. It The second conversation between Colson and Nixon ends with him Nixon saying this: "That's where we gotta cut our losses. My losses are to be cut. The President's losses got to be cut on the cover-up deal." Nixon's His [[OhCrap reaction]] to upon hearing that quote said it all.[[/note]]
30th Jan '16 5:28:23 AM bt8257
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** The movie also ignores that Frost and Nixon were already well-acquainted: Frost had interviewed Nixon during the '68 Presidential campaign, and Nixon even invited Frost to host his 1970 White House Christmas party. It's certainly true, though, that Nixon and his aides didn't take Frost seriously at first.

to:

** The movie also ignores that Frost and Nixon were already well-acquainted: Frost had interviewed Nixon during the '68 Presidential campaign, and Nixon even invited Frost to host his 1970 White House Christmas party. It's certainly true, though, that Nixon and his aides didn't take Frost him seriously at first.
30th Jan '16 5:26:48 AM bt8257
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* ChekhovsGun: Reston wants to check out some transcripts at the federal courthouse library. No, ''waste of time'', everyone assures him. [[note]]In real life, he found a couple unpublished conversations between Nixon and Colson that proved beyond any reasonable doubt that Nixon was lying rather blatantly about when he first became involved in the conspiracy, and knew about the cover-up. The first conversation quoted by Frost in the film actually came from a tape made on February 13, 1973, not June 20, 1972. Furthermore, a tape made ''the day after'' captures, in another conversation with Colson, Nixon revealing that he knew about said cover-up '''''a whole month''''' before the famous "cancer on the presidency" conversation he had with John Dean, which is the next conversation to be quoted in the film. It ends with him saying this: "That's where we gotta cut our losses. My losses are to be cut. The President's losses got to be cut on the cover-up deal." Nixon's [[OhCrap reaction]] to that quote said it all.[[/note]]

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* ChekhovsGun: Reston wants to check out some transcripts at the federal courthouse library. No, ''waste of time'', everyone assures him. [[note]]In real life, he found a couple unpublished conversations between Nixon and Colson that proved beyond any reasonable doubt that Nixon was lying rather blatantly about when he first became involved in the conspiracy, and knew about the cover-up. The first conversation quoted by Frost in the film actually came from a tape made on February 13, 1973, not June 20, 1972. Furthermore, a tape made ''the day after'' captures, in another conversation with Colson, Nixon revealing that he knew about said cover-up '''''a whole month''''' before the famous "cancer on the presidency" conversation he had with John Dean, which is the next conversation to be quoted in the film. It ends with him saying this: "That's where we gotta cut our losses. My losses are to be cut. The President's losses got to be cut on the cover-up deal." Nixon's [[OhCrap reaction]] to that quote said it all.[[/note]]
30th Jan '16 5:15:07 AM bt8257
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* BreakThemByTalking: Richard Nixon attempts to do this to Frost with a late night phone call, but as his drunken ramblings progress, all his lines only reveal how broken and full of self-loathing he is. Frost doesn't need to say ShutUpHannibal- he knows that all he needs to do is corner Nixon and the man will destroy himself.
* ChekhovsGun: Reston wants to check out some transcripts at the federal courthouse. No, ''waste of time'', everyone assures him.

to:

* BreakThemByTalking: Richard Nixon attempts to do this to Frost with a late night phone call, but as his drunken ramblings progress, all his lines only reveal how broken and full of self-loathing he is. Frost doesn't need to say ShutUpHannibal- he knows that all he needs to do is corner Nixon and the man will he'll destroy himself.
* ChekhovsGun: Reston wants to check out some transcripts at the federal courthouse.courthouse library. No, ''waste of time'', everyone assures him. [[note]]In real life, he found a couple unpublished conversations between Nixon and Colson that proved beyond any reasonable doubt that Nixon was lying rather blatantly about when he first became involved in the conspiracy, and knew about the cover-up. The first conversation quoted by Frost in the film actually came from a tape made on February 13, 1973, not June 20, 1972. Furthermore, a tape made ''the day after'' captures, in another conversation with Colson, Nixon revealing that he knew about said cover-up '''''a whole month''''' before the famous "cancer on the presidency" conversation he had with John Dean, which is the next conversation to be quoted in the film. It ends with him saying this: "That's where we gotta cut our losses. My losses are to be cut. The President's losses got to be cut on the cover-up deal." Nixon's [[OhCrap reaction]] to that quote said it all.[[/note]]



* HardWorkMontage: Frost after the drunk phone call.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Jack Brennan as played by Kevin Bacon is a humourless military man devoted to Nixon, who threatens to ruin Frost if he makes Nixon look bad. In RealLife, Brennan, a former Marine, is known for his kind and friendly personality with Diane Sawyer noting him as "The funniest guy you'll ever meet". David Frost called him a "delightful man" and had such praise for him and the rest of the Nixon team that he once said if ''they'' were his White House staff, the whole Watergate scandal might have been averted because they could have talked Nixon out of it.

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* HardWorkMontage: Frost after the drunk phone call.
call from Nixon.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Jack Brennan as played by Kevin Bacon is a humourless humorless military man devoted to Nixon, who threatens to ruin Frost if he makes Nixon look bad. In RealLife, Brennan, a former Marine, is known for his kind and kind, friendly personality personality, with Diane Sawyer noting him as "The funniest guy you'll ever meet". David Frost called him a "delightful man" and had such praise for him and the rest of the Nixon team that he once said if ''they'' were his White House staff, the whole Watergate scandal might have been averted because they could have talked Nixon out of it.
26th Dec '15 5:35:39 PM bt8257
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* HypocriticalHumor: The researcher who despises Nixon swears he'll never shake hands with him; he does so moments later, stunned by being face-to-face with an ex-President of the United States.

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* HypocriticalHumor: The James Reston, Jr., the researcher who despises Nixon Nixon, swears he'll never shake hands with him; he does so moments later, stunned by being face-to-face with an ex-President of the United States.States. Zelnick wastes absolutely no time in reminding him of that: "Oh, that was devastating. ''Withering.'' [[SarcasmMode "I don't think he's ever going to get over that."]] Reston promptly tells him to [[PrecisionFStrike fuck off]].
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