The Assassination of Richard Nixon

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Released 2004

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The Assassination of Richard Nixon

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Director:
Niels Mueller
Released:
2004
Rating:
R
The Assassination of Richard Nixon is the acclaimed 2004 crime biopic from co-writer/director Niels Mueller. The movie is based on the real case of Sam Bicke (Sean Penn, Mystic River, Fast Times of Ridgemont High, Carlito's Way, 21 Grams, Milk, I Am Sam, All the King's Men, Dead Man Walking, Casualties of War), a man who taped a disturbingly large amount of personal confessions about his life and his hatred for Richard Nixon and sent them to Leonard Bernstein. Then, he tried to kidnap a plane and drive it towards the White House to kill Nixon and everyone else that was around. Bicke is a man isolated from everyone because of a series of personal values and sense of morality none wants to understand. As a result, Bicke never seems to be enjoying himself anywhere. Bicke can only have awkward situations ' he's not used to or capable of anything else.

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    It's a deeply affecting performance, and it drives this quietly powerful, unrelenting film.

  • 60

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    That The Assassination of Richard Nixon is as well directed, acted and shot as it is makes Mr. Mueller's inability to invest his film with significance all the more disappointing.

  • 50

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Penn's magnetism and hesitant line delivery create what interest there is, although the whole picture suffers from a central figure who can never get it together on any level.

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