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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 »

Quotes

Richard Nixon: Fred doesn't drink. I'm call him "the baptist".
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Good performances; somewhat ahistorical
21 July 2019 | by timcurryisgodSee all my reviews

For the performance of Lane, who plays Nixon, alone- giving this 7 stars. Even though parts of this movie are seriously bizarre; seemingly an attempt to look at Nixon with sympathetic eyes (so strange), Lane gives a performance that will send chills down your spine.

Every gesture and word spoken are so eerily and to be honest, creepily like Nixon- for that alone this movie is riveting.

I hope subsequent viewers and even those who have seen this film will also look elsewhere for their information on Nixon's administration- while it's true there was "detente" with China and somewhat with Russia, we cannot forget the escalated violence against civilians during the Vietnam war. Definitely, Kissinger was also masterminding that, but Nixon carried it out during his administration. Not to mention Watergate, etc.

Entertaining film despite seeming goal of eliciting sympathy for Nixon.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1989 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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