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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

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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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1989 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The Pat Nixon character speaks not even one word of dialogue. She gets a fair amount of screen time (as well as a few close-ups); but she never utters a single word. See more »

Quotes

Richard Nixon: Fred doesn't drink. I'm call him "the baptist".
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The very essence of the presidency.
30 April 2010 | by BERSERKERpoetrySee all my reviews

The thing about a film like "The Final Days" is that how much you enjoy the experience depends directly on your general interest in the subject matter. Myself, I'm not terribly interested in the character of Richard Nixon. This is one of several portrayals I've seen of the man, all of which I watched for alternate reasons (either the director, actors, or the general accolades directed toward it). I watched this film because I'm a fan of director Richard Pearce (Threshold, Country, The Long Walk Home, A Family Thing). Fred Murphy's cinematography is also very nice, though you'd hardly know it from some of the terrible VHS copies available.

There are certainly some great performances here. Lane Smith is totally believable as Nixon - a person who's honestly more of a caricature than anything else. David Ogden Stiers plays his role with a much stronger confidence than usual. The periodical approach of having a short paragraph of narration by various characters is engaging, giving you valuable insight. Eventually, the story begins to feel crushed under its own weight. At well over two hours, it demands a seriously engaged interest on the part of the viewer. Still, there are extremely powerful passages that keep it all together. Don't let the fact that this was produced for television fool you - Pearce creates a higher feeling that would be expected from such. If you're interested in the story of Nixon and Watergate, this is undoubtedly the film to see. All others pale in comparison.


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