- Awesome Music: Not surprising for a John Williams score. The wonderfully ominous, yet stirring tune playing during Nixon's acceptance speech in particular.
- Funny Moments: Leonid Brezhnev and Mao Zedong speculating about the Watergate Scandal with associates when Nixon isn't in earshot is amusing.
- Harsher in Hindsight: Four years after playing Martha Mitchell in this film, Madeline Kahn shared her fate of dying from cancer at age 57.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- Dan Hedaya and Saul Rubinek show up throughout the film in various minor roles (as Trini Cardoza, a fictionalized stand-in for Nixon's friend Bebe Rebozo, and Nixon's communications director Herb Klein respectively). In 1998, they'd be cast in the Watergate parody Dick as Nixon and Henry Kissinger.
- The name of Nixon's valet is Manolo Sanchez.
- Jerkass Woobie: Let's be real here. Although Nixon's hardscrabble background and positive traits inspire sympathy (or at least pity), the movie never lets you forget that his downfall was ultimately of his own making.
- Rooting for the Empire: Nixon may be a Villain Protagonist and Acceptable Targets but everyone was rooting for him when he told the wannabe power-brokers to stuff it.
- Tear Jerker: Julie Nixon Eisenhower, the President's younger daughter, trying to assure her father that the nation will absolve him. His wounded expression just screams that he wants to live up to his daughter's words.
- WTH, Casting Agency?: Some critics had this reaction to Anthony Hopkins playing Nixon, since even with heavy make-up he bears zero resemblance to the real thing (not that Nixon lookalikes are particularly common in Hollywood to begin with). That said, few criticized his actual performance.
- The Woobie: Richard Nixon
YMMV / Nixon