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Hollywood heavyweight Ron Howard adapts playwright Peter Morgan's West End hit for the silver screen with this feature focusing on the 1977 television interviews between journalist David Frost (Michael Sheen) and former president Richard Nixon (Frank Langella). At the time Nixon sat down with Frost to discuss the sordid details that ultimately derailed his presidency, it had been three years since the former commander in chief had been forced out of office. The Watergate scandal was still fresh in everyone's minds, and Nixon had remained notoriously tight-lipped until he agreed to sit down with Frost. Nixon was certain that he could hold his own opposite the up-and-coming British broadcaster, and even Frost's own people weren't quite sure their boss was ready for such a high-profile interview. When the interview ultimately got under way and each man eschewed the typical posturing in favor of the simple truth, fans and critics on both sides were stunned by what they witnessed. Instead of Nixon stonewalling the interviewer as expected, or Frost lobbing softballs as the truth-seekers feared, what emerged was an unguardedly honest exchange between a man who had lost everything and another with everything to gain. In this film, viewers are treated to not only a recreation of that landmark interview, but a behind-the-scenes look at the power struggles that led up to it as well. Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, and Brian Grazer team to produce a film adapted for the screen by original play author Morgan (Morgan and Morgan). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:December 5, 2008

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Kim Santantonio Best Makeup and Hair 2008 Nominee
Art Directors Guild Michael Corenblith Best Art Direction in a Period Film 2008 Nominee
London Film Critics Association Michael Sheen Best British Actor 2008 Nominee
Las Vegas Film Critics Association Ron Howard Best Director 2008 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Ron Howard Best Director 2008 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Ron Howard Best Director 2008 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Ron Howard Best Director 2008 Nominee
Detroit Film Critics Society Ron Howard Best Director 2008 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Ron Howard Best Director 2008 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ron Howard Best Director 2008 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ron Howard Best Picture 2008 Nominee
London Film Critics Association Toby Jones Best Supporting British Actor 2008 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Brian Grazer Best Picture 2008 Nominee
Las Vegas Film Critics Association Frank Langella Best Actor 2008 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Frank Langella Best Actor 2008 Nominee
London Film Critics Association Frank Langella Best Actor 2008 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Frank Langella Best Actor 2008 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Frank Langella Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 2008 Nominee
Vancouver Film Critics Frank Langella Best Actor 2008 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Frank Langella Best Actor 2008 Nominee
Detroit Film Critics Society Frank Langella Best Actor 2008 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Frank Langella Best Actor 2008 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Frank Langella Best Actor 2008 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Hans Zimmer Best Original Score 2008 Nominee
Detroit Film Critics Society Rebecca Hall Best Newcomer 2008 Nominee
Las Vegas Film Critics Association Peter Morgan Best Screenplay 2008 Winner
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Peter Morgan Best Screenplay 2008 Winner
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Peter Morgan Best Adapted Screenplay 2008 Winner
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Peter Morgan Best Adapted Screenplay 2008 Winner
London Film Critics Association Peter Morgan Screenwriter of the Year 2008 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Peter Morgan Best Adapted Screenplay 2008 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Peter Morgan Best Screenplay 2008 Nominee
Writers Guild of America Peter Morgan Best Adapted Screenplay 2008 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Peter Morgan Best Screenplay 2008 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Peter Morgan Best Adapted Screenplay 2008 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Peter Morgan Best Adapted Screenplay 2008 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Dan Hanley Best Editing 2008 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Eric Fellner Best Picture 2008 Nominee

Cast

Frank Langella
as Richard Nixon
Michael Sheen
as David Frost
Kevin Bacon
as Jack Brennan
Rebecca Hall
as Caroline Cushing
Toby Jones
as Swifty Lazar
Matthew MacFadyen
as John Birt
Oliver Platt
as Bob Zelnick
Sam Rockwell
as James Reston, Jr.
Patty McCormack
as Pat Nixon
Andy Milder
as Frank Gannon
Kate Jennings Grant
as Diane Sawyer
Eve Curtis
as Sue Mengers

Crew

Ron Howard
Director
Ron Howard
Producer
Eric Fellner
Producer
Brian Grazer
Producer
Tim Bevan
Producer
Peter Morgan
Screenwriter
Peter Morgan
Play Author
Salvatore Totino
Cinematographer
Hans Zimmer
Composer (Music Score)
Dan Hanley
Editor
Michael Corenblith
Production Designer
Gregory Van Horn
Supervising Art Director
Kathleen McGill
Associate Producer
Louisa Velis
Associate Producer
William M. Connor
Associate Producer
David Bernardi
Executive Producer
Liza Chasin
Executive Producer
Karen Kehela Sherwood
Executive Producer
Todd Hallowell
Executive Producer
Debra Hayward
Executive Producer
Matthew Byan Shaw
Executive Producer
Peter Morgan
Executive Producer
Lorrie Campbell
Set Designer
Susan Benjamin
Set Decorator
Daniel Orlandi
Costume Designer
William M. Connor
First Assistant Director
Janet Hirshenson
Casting
Jane Jenkins
Casting
Michelle Brattson
Production Supervisor
Todd Hallowell
Second Unit Director
Mindy Weissman
Post Production Coordinator
Kathleen McGill
Unit Production Manager
Kristen Ploucha
Second Assistant Director
Peter Devlin
Production Sound Mixer
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