History Film / FrostNixon

7th Jan '17 7:03:19 PM GrecoRomanGuy
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* FromACertainPointOfView: After the interviews, Nixon privately asks David what it was that he and Frost talked about over the phone. Frost replies "Cheeseburgers." This is ''technically'' true: The conversation ''started'' with Frost and Nixon discussing cheeseburgers (Mostly Nixon lamenting that his poor health prevents him from eating them anymore)...and then the conversation basically ends, because Nixon proceeds to devolve into a [[VillainousRant paranoid and bitter diatribe]] against any and everyone who has ever wronged him.

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* FromACertainPointOfView: After the interviews, Nixon privately asks David what it was that he and Frost talked about over the phone. Frost replies "Cheeseburgers." This is ''technically'' true: The conversation ''started'' with Frost and Nixon discussing cheeseburgers (Mostly Nixon lamenting that his poor health prevents him from eating them anymore)...and then the conversation basically ends, because Nixon proceeds to devolve into a [[VillainousRant [[MotiveRant paranoid and bitter diatribe]] monologue]] against any and everyone who has ever wronged him.him, while Frost could only listen in stunned silence.



* PrecisionFStrike: The usually elegant Nixon going on an enraged rant ending with "We are gonna make the motherfuckers choke!"

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* PrecisionFStrike: The usually elegant Nixon going on an enraged rant rant, devolving into slightly less eloquent diction, and ending with "We are gonna make the those motherfuckers choke!"


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* WhamLine: An InUniverse example. At the start of their final interview, the following exchange occurs:
--> '''Frost:''' If this is anything like our conversation last night, it's sure to be interesting.
--> '''Nixon:''' (With a subdued -- but notable -- OhCrap face) ''What'' conversation?
13th Dec '16 4:56:07 PM supergod
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Ron Howard discusses in the DVD-commentary how he deliberately used dramatic license as the late-night phone call never happened and on the other hand talks about how Nixon's biography includes not so distant episodes.
** 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.

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Ron Howard discusses in the DVD-commentary how he deliberately used dramatic license as the late-night phone call never happened and on the other hand talks about how Nixon's biography includes not so distant episodes.
** 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.
6th Dec '16 1:33:43 PM GrecoRomanGuy
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* DontMakeMeDestroyYou: Jack Brennan threatens to wreck Frost's career if he so much as dares to impugn Nixon's honor.


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** Nixon's drunken phone call to Frost has elements of this.
6th Dec '16 11:08:39 AM GrecoRomanGuy
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* AnecdotalFallacy: Early in the interview session, Frost attempts to trap Nixon by playing graphic video footage of the aftermath of his controversial decision to start dropping bombs in Cambodia. The idea, no doubt, was to guilt Nixon into feeling regret for what happened afterwards [[note]] [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment Regardless of who is politically culpable,]] it is pretty clearly evident by most historians that the destabilized situation in post-bombing Cambodia made it easy for the nightmarish Khmer Rouge under Pol Pot to take power in Cambodia. [[/note]]. However, Nixon somehow manages to wiggle out of this by detailing how a Philadelphia construction worker wished that Nixon had gone into Cambodia sooner because it might have avoided the death of his son. It is a masterclass in obfuscation, and Frost's producers and researchers are flabbergasted with how ''Cambodia'' somehow can be spun in Nixon's favor.
--> '''Nixon:''' Whenever I have had my doubts I remembered the construction worker in Philadelphia because he came up to me and he said 'Sir I got only one criticism of that Cambodia thing; if you'd gone in earlier you might've captured the gun that killed my boy three months ago'. So you're asking me do I regret going into Cambodia?... No, I don't. You know what, I wish I'd gone in sooner. And harder!
6th Dec '16 10:43:40 AM GrecoRomanGuy
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* FromACertainPointOfView: After the interviews, Nixon privately asks David what it was that he and Frost talked about over the phone. Frost replies "Cheeseburgers." This is ''technically'' true: The conversation ''started'' with Frost and Nixon discussing cheeseburgers (Mostly Nixon lamenting that his poor health prevents him from eating them anymore)...and then the conversation basically ends, because Nixon proceeds to devolve into a [[VillainousRant paranoid and bitter diatribe]] against any and everyone who has ever wronged him.
3rd Dec '16 1:14:11 PM Xtifr
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'''''Frost/Nixon''''' is a 2008 historical drama film based on the play of the same name by Peter Morgan which dramatizes the Frost/Nixon interviews of 1977. The film version was directed by Ron Howard and produced by Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment and Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title Films for Universal Pictures.

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'''''Frost/Nixon''''' ''Frost/Nixon'' is a 2008 historical drama film based on the play of the same name by Peter Morgan which dramatizes the Frost/Nixon interviews of 1977. The film version was directed by Ron Howard and produced by Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment and Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title Films for Universal Pictures.
2nd Oct '16 8:55:24 AM AnotherGuy
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* GilliganCut: Jim bitterly says that he'll never shake the hand of a monster like Nixon. Cue Nixon arriving and Jim being so starstruck he shakes Nixon's hand almost unconsciously.
2nd Oct '16 8:53:19 AM AnotherGuy
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* FromNobodyToNightmare: Nixon views Frost as a nobody he can manipulate to improve his image. Thanks to this series, Frost became a famous interviewer.
2nd Oct '16 8:51:24 AM AnotherGuy
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** Doubles as WhamLine.
--->'''Frost:''' ''[[FlatWhat ... what?]]''
5th May '16 12:33:38 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, Reston 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 Frost quotes in the film actually came from a tape made not on June 20, 1972, but February 13, 1973. Furthermore, a tape made ''the very next day'' 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 that David quotes. That 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]]

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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, Reston 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 Frost quotes in the film actually came from a tape made not on June 20, 1972, but February 13, 1973. Furthermore, a tape made ''the very next day'' 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 that David quotes. That The February 14th 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]]
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