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The Final Days (1989)

PG | | Drama | TV Movie 29 October 1989
Chronicle of Nixon's last months in the White House. A paranoid power-abuser, but also all too human--a confused, pathetic individual who cannot fully comprehend how, in less than one year, he can lose everything he has worked for in life.

Director:

Richard Pearce

Writers:

Bob Woodward (book), Carl Bernstein (book) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lane Smith ... Richard Nixon
Richard Kiley ... J. Fred Buzhardt
David Ogden Stiers ... General Alexander M. Haig Jr
Ed Flanders ... Leonard Garment
Theodore Bikel ... Henry Kissinger
Graham Beckel ... Ron Ziegler
James Sikking ... Elliot Richardson
Richard Venture Richard Venture ... James St. Clair
Alan Fudge ... Gerald Ford
Gregg Henry ... John Dean
Ramon Bieri ... Judge John J. Sirica
Ann Hearn ... Julie Nixon Eisenhower
Amanda Wyss ... Tricia Nixon Cox
Diana Bellamy ... Rose Mary Woods
Susan Brown ... Pat Nixon
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Based on the acclaimed book written by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, The Final Days chronicles president Richard Nixon's administration during his critical period after the Watergate break-in scandal, which ultimately led to Nixon's resignation from the office on August 1974. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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August 1974. The highest office in the land became the loneliest place on Earth.

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Rated PG for language | See all certifications »
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A TV movie made for the ABC network. See more »

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Richard Nixon: Fred doesn't drink. I'm call him "the baptist".
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Low-Cost Masterpiece
9 November 2015 | by j-penkairSee all my reviews

Just want to state early on that this film is indeed low-cost and the production quality reflects it. Except that point, this is one of the best political films ever produced. I have been interested and studied about Mr. Richard M. Nixon, his administration, and the Watergate affairs quite thoroughly. I can judge this film to be one of the most accurate, impartial, and humanly dramatized films out there. What it is done right in the first place is to approach the story and all of the characters with compassion. There is no Republicans, Democrats, Nixon lovers, or Nixon haters when it comes to a human tragedy. This is indeed a tragedy of power and people who are enslaved by it. Richard Nixon in this film has been portrayed not as good or bad, but as a humanly flawed and indeed tragic character. In "Nixon" and "Frost/Nixon" of later years and productions, we had to be dragged back into Mr. Nixon's younger years, so we could appreciate his agonizing thirst for power and success and to understand his subsequent behavior. This film does not need to do that. Just by showing the "real-time" Nixon in scene after scene, we can relate to his pains and agony of losing power. How he most desperately wooed people towards him in order to gain their support, respect, liking, or even love is almost unbearable to watch. I for one dread Mr. Nixon's negative impact to the world around him, and yet deeply sympathize this man to the core. Lane Smith became President Richard M. Nixon without any disbelief. He must have understood his character most deeply, otherwise such a performance could never have been conceived. Other characters of Alexander Haig, J. Fred Buzhardt, Leonard Garment, Pat Nixon, Rose Mary Woods, Archibald Cox, John Sirica, etc. never physically resembled whom they played, but we subscribed to all of them because of their flawless performances. Richard Pearce's direction is also without a missed fire. Too bad it is low-cost and meant only for television consumption, otherwise "The Final Days" would have been lauded as the gold standard of the Nixon films that came and will come.


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Language:

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Release Date:

29 October 1989 (USA) See more »

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