History Film / TheAssassinationOfRichardNixon

25th Apr '17 10:30:30 AM Mdumas43073
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2004 drama directed by Niels Mueller.

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A 2004 drama directed by Niels Mueller.
4th Mar '17 11:55:45 AM OlfinBedwere
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* MistakenForRacist: Sam claims that the employee of Julius who spotted the tyre theft that he and Bonny were trying to commit only suspected foul play because Bonny is black, though Julius points out that even if the employee ''is'' racist, it doesn't change the fact that Sam and Bonny were trying to steal his tyres.

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* MistakenForRacist: Sam claims that the employee of Julius who spotted the tyre theft that he and Bonny were trying to commit only suspected foul play because Bonny is black, though Julius points out that even if the employee ''is'' racist, it doesn't change the fact that Sam and Bonny were trying to steal his tyres. Likewise, he tries to blame the bank's denying his loan on racism against Bonny, rather than considering that his business plan was one long train of InsaneTrollLogic.



* RealityEnsues: The entire hijacking attempt ends up being one long case of this trope. Sam tries to smuggle a bomb and gun on the plane, but finds that either of them would be easily discovered. He then manages to get onto the plane, but finds that the pilots can just delay him until help arrives, resulting in him freaking out and [[spoiler:shooting one dead]], further wrecking his plans. Finally, it turns out that airport police actually ''are'' equipped with weapons capable of penetrating the hull of an aircraft, and [[spoiler:an officer shoots Sam, mortally wounding him, before Sam turns his gun on himself]].



* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Actually more like 50% based on a true story. Much of Sam's backstory is tweaked and altered from that of the real Samuel Byck (Byck had four children while Sam only has two in the film; Sam's loan fiasco is implied to happen only a few weeks before the assassination attempt, while Byck's failure to secure a loan happened in 1972, two years beforehand), but the overall storyline is much the same as the real-life events, and everything that happens at the airport in the last 15 minutes or so is entirely the same as what happened in reality.

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Actually more like 50% based on a true story. Much of Sam's backstory is tweaked and altered from that of the real Samuel Byck (Byck -- Byck had four children while Sam only has two in the film; Sam's loan fiasco is implied to happen only a few weeks before the assassination attempt, while Byck's failure to secure a loan happened in 1972, two years beforehand), beforehand; he ''threatened'' to assassinate Nixon shortly after his re-election, but didn't actually go through with it until much later -- but the overall storyline is much the same as the real-life events, and everything that happens at the airport in the last 15 minutes or so is entirely the same as what happened in reality.
26th Dec '15 6:13:41 PM nombretomado
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* AmericanDream: One of the most cynical takes on this trope in recent memory. The film goes into immense detail to show how much of an illusion it is and what happens to people when they realize how much they've been deceived. People can achieve it but it involves lies, deceit, misery and leaves many people broken.
27th Nov '15 6:02:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: Sam does seem to be struggling with some mix of depression and paranoia, so his inner narration as well as outward behavior throughout the film are quite skewed. He rants about how the American dream has failed and that it's impossible for him to get ahead in life. Stand back and analyze the film for a moment: he's actually a reasonably successful salesman, and his boss commends him on having the highest annual sales in the office. But he absolutely hates his job and his boss is very annoying, so he keeps pursuing implausible plans to start his own mobile tire-selling truck. He also frequently rants about how he loathes his job on general principle, because as a salesman he is required to lie... in which case, ''why the hell'' did he become a salesman in the first place? He imagines that the world is out to crush him and is devastated that "the American dream has failed" because his wife left him with their children...when she really left him due to his own bizarre behavior. The film isn't a Film/FightClub style look at a man crushed by the System. It's a film about a mentally ill man who increasingly blames everything around him for his own untreated behavior.
10th Nov '15 5:51:47 PM nombretomado
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The year is 1974, and Samuel Bicke (Creator/SeanPenn) is a down-on-his-luck furniture salesman. He barely sells enough to keep him in his job, he's separated from his wife Marie (Creator/NaomiWatts) and facing divorce, which may in turn cause him to lose his job because his boss only believes in employing family men, and he's having trouble securing finance for the tyre sales business that he intends to set up with his friend Bonny (Creator/DonCheadle). As he faces one setback after another, Sam becomes increasingly disillusioned at the fact that he cannot find success despite being an honest man, and soon focuses his anger on a person who has risen to the top despite being a dirty crook: President RichardNixon. Before long, Sam hits rock-bottom, and conspires to assassinate Nixon by flying an airliner into the White House.

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The year is 1974, and Samuel Bicke (Creator/SeanPenn) is a down-on-his-luck furniture salesman. He barely sells enough to keep him in his job, he's separated from his wife Marie (Creator/NaomiWatts) and facing divorce, which may in turn cause him to lose his job because his boss only believes in employing family men, and he's having trouble securing finance for the tyre sales business that he intends to set up with his friend Bonny (Creator/DonCheadle). As he faces one setback after another, Sam becomes increasingly disillusioned at the fact that he cannot find success despite being an honest man, and soon focuses his anger on a person who has risen to the top despite being a dirty crook: President RichardNixon.UsefulNotes/RichardNixon. Before long, Sam hits rock-bottom, and conspires to assassinate Nixon by flying an airliner into the White House.
11th Aug '15 6:23:11 AM OlfinBedwere
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* AmbiguousDisorder: Though the film never really goes into it, it's clear from the start that ''something'' isn't right with Sam, who is highly neurotic and seems unable to grasp the most basic social concepts.
** Its been confirmed that the real Sam Byck suffered from severe depression due to his divorce and failed career, which are seen in the film.

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* AmbiguousDisorder: Though the film never really goes into it, it's clear from the start that ''something'' isn't right with Sam, who is highly neurotic and seems unable to grasp the most basic social concepts.
** Its been confirmed that the
concepts. The real Sam Byck suffered from severe depression due to his divorce and failed career, which are seen in the film.



* ConspiracyTheorist: Played with by Sam, who's too skittish (and really not quite bright enough) to come up with any ideas about huge conspiracies, but nonetheless thinks everyone's out to oppress the less rich citizens, and him in particular.

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* ConspiracyTheorist: Played with by Sam, who's too skittish (and really not quite bright enough) to come up with any detailed ideas about huge conspiracies, but nonetheless thinks everyone's out to oppress the less rich citizens, and him in particular.particular.
* DidntThinkThisThrough: Sam's attempted hijacking goes wrong very early on, when he realizes that he failed to account for the fact that he'd be patted down and have his bag checked before getting on the plane. As a result, he [[spoiler:freaks out and shoots his way through the boarding gate, killing one of the guards in the process]].



* JustPlaneWrong: Most of the aircraft seen in the film are actually from the 1980s or later. This was pretty much unavoidable, since the film's budget was far too small to allow contemporary planes to be [=CGIed=] in.

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* JustPlaneWrong: Most of the aircraft seen in the film are actually from the 1980s or later. This was pretty much unavoidable, unavoidable however, since the film's budget was far too small to allow contemporary planes to be [=CGIed=] in.



* NeverMyFault: Sam blames the bank for denying his loan on the grounds of Racism. That may be true but it doesn't change just how unreliable and unstable Sam is and comes across.

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* NeverMyFault: Sam blames the bank for denying his loan on the grounds of Racism.racism. That may be true but it doesn't change just how unreliable and unstable Sam is and comes across.



* SpiritualSuccessor: The film is essentially TaxiDriver for a new generation.
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: Sam does seem to be struggling with some mix of Depression and Paranoia, so his inner narration as well as outward behavior throughout the film are quite skewed. He rants about how the American dream has failed and that it's impossible for him to get ahead in life. Stand back and analyze the film for a moment: he's actually a reasonably successful salesman, and his boss commends him on having the highest annual sales in the office. But he absolutely hates his job and his boss is very annoying, so he keeps pursuing implausible plans to start his own mobile tire-selling truck. He also frequently rants about how he loathes his job on general principle, because as a salesman he is required to lie...in which case, ''why the hell'' did he become a salesman in the first place? He imagines that the world is out to crush him and is devastated that "the American dream has failed" because his wife left him with their children...when she really left him due to his own bizarre behavior. The film isn't a FightClub style look at a man crushed by the System. It's a film about a mentally ill man who increasingly blames everything around him for his own untreated behavior.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: The film is essentially TaxiDriver Film/TaxiDriver for a new generation.
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: Sam does seem to be struggling with some mix of Depression depression and Paranoia, paranoia, so his inner narration as well as outward behavior throughout the film are quite skewed. He rants about how the American dream has failed and that it's impossible for him to get ahead in life. Stand back and analyze the film for a moment: he's actually a reasonably successful salesman, and his boss commends him on having the highest annual sales in the office. But he absolutely hates his job and his boss is very annoying, so he keeps pursuing implausible plans to start his own mobile tire-selling truck. He also frequently rants about how he loathes his job on general principle, because as a salesman he is required to lie... in which case, ''why the hell'' did he become a salesman in the first place? He imagines that the world is out to crush him and is devastated that "the American dream has failed" because his wife left him with their children...when she really left him due to his own bizarre behavior. The film isn't a FightClub Film/FightClub style look at a man crushed by the System. It's a film about a mentally ill man who increasingly blames everything around him for his own untreated behavior.


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19th Nov '14 1:15:30 PM TheDragonDemands
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* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Sam wants nothing more than to be a dynamic, successful businessman and family man like his boss and co-workers but his Depression and Paranoia make it nearly impossible. The film shows the desire for success, what happens to those who can't achieve it and how badly it can screw Them up.

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* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Sam wants nothing more than to be a dynamic, successful businessman and family man like his boss and co-workers but his Depression and Paranoia make it nearly impossible. The film shows the desire for success, what happens to those who can't achieve it and how badly it can screw Them them up.


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* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: Sam does seem to be struggling with some mix of Depression and Paranoia, so his inner narration as well as outward behavior throughout the film are quite skewed. He rants about how the American dream has failed and that it's impossible for him to get ahead in life. Stand back and analyze the film for a moment: he's actually a reasonably successful salesman, and his boss commends him on having the highest annual sales in the office. But he absolutely hates his job and his boss is very annoying, so he keeps pursuing implausible plans to start his own mobile tire-selling truck. He also frequently rants about how he loathes his job on general principle, because as a salesman he is required to lie...in which case, ''why the hell'' did he become a salesman in the first place? He imagines that the world is out to crush him and is devastated that "the American dream has failed" because his wife left him with their children...when she really left him due to his own bizarre behavior. The film isn't a FightClub style look at a man crushed by the System. It's a film about a mentally ill man who increasingly blames everything around him for his own untreated behavior.
28th Feb '14 9:15:41 AM OlfinBedwere
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The year is 1974, and Samuel Bicke (Creator/SeanPenn) is a down-on-his-luck furniture salesman. He barely sells enough to keep him in his job, he's separated from his wife Marie (NaomiWatts) and facing divorce, which may in turn cause him to lose his job because his boss only believes in employing family men, and he's having trouble securing finance for the tyre sales business that he intends to set up with his friend Bonny (DonCheadle). As he faces one setback after another, Sam becomes increasingly disillusioned at the fact that he cannot find success despite being an honest man, and soon focuses his anger on a person who has risen to the top despite being a dirty crook: President RichardNixon. Before long, Sam hits rock-bottom, and conspires to assassinate Nixon by flying an airliner into the White House.

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The year is 1974, and Samuel Bicke (Creator/SeanPenn) is a down-on-his-luck furniture salesman. He barely sells enough to keep him in his job, he's separated from his wife Marie (NaomiWatts) (Creator/NaomiWatts) and facing divorce, which may in turn cause him to lose his job because his boss only believes in employing family men, and he's having trouble securing finance for the tyre sales business that he intends to set up with his friend Bonny (DonCheadle).(Creator/DonCheadle). As he faces one setback after another, Sam becomes increasingly disillusioned at the fact that he cannot find success despite being an honest man, and soon focuses his anger on a person who has risen to the top despite being a dirty crook: President RichardNixon. Before long, Sam hits rock-bottom, and conspires to assassinate Nixon by flying an airliner into the White House.
18th Jun '13 7:00:10 PM eroock
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The year is 1974, and Samuel Bicke (Creator/SeanPenn) is a down-on-his-luck furniture salesman. He barely sells enough to keep him in his job, he's separated from his wife Marie (Naomi Watts) and facing divorce, which may in turn cause him to lose his job because his boss only believes in employing family men, and he's having trouble securing finance for the tyre sales business that he intends to set up with his friend Bonny (Don Cheadle). As he faces one setback after another, Sam becomes increasingly disillusioned at the fact that he cannot find success despite being an honest man, and soon focuses his anger on a person who has risen to the top despite being a dirty crook: President RichardNixon. Before long, Sam hits rock-bottom, and conspires to assassinate Nixon by flying an airliner into the White House.

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2004 drama directed by Niels Mueller.

The year is 1974, and Samuel Bicke (Creator/SeanPenn) is a down-on-his-luck furniture salesman. He barely sells enough to keep him in his job, he's separated from his wife Marie (Naomi Watts) (NaomiWatts) and facing divorce, which may in turn cause him to lose his job because his boss only believes in employing family men, and he's having trouble securing finance for the tyre sales business that he intends to set up with his friend Bonny (Don Cheadle).(DonCheadle). As he faces one setback after another, Sam becomes increasingly disillusioned at the fact that he cannot find success despite being an honest man, and soon focuses his anger on a person who has risen to the top despite being a dirty crook: President RichardNixon. Before long, Sam hits rock-bottom, and conspires to assassinate Nixon by flying an airliner into the White House.



!!''The Assassination of Richard Nixon'' provides examples of:

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!!''The Assassination of Richard Nixon'' !!This movie provides examples of:
18th Jun '13 6:09:26 AM OlfinBedwere
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* AmericanDream: One of the most cynical takes on this trope in recent memory. The film goes into immense detail to show how much of an illusion it is and what happens to people when They realize how much They've been deceived. People can achieve it but it involves lies, deceit, misery and leaves many people broken.

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* AmericanDream: One of the most cynical takes on this trope in recent memory. The film goes into immense detail to show how much of an illusion it is and what happens to people when They they realize how much They've they've been deceived. People can achieve it but it involves lies, deceit, misery and leaves many people broken.



** Its been confirmed that the real Sam Byck suffered from severe Depression due to his divorce and failed career, which are seen in the film.

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** Its been confirmed that the real Sam Byck suffered from severe Depression depression due to his divorce and failed career, which are seen in the film.
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